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What to do after an Auto Accident

No one wants to get into a car accident, that’s why it’s called an accident. When you are in the moment it can be easy to forget what information to gather, and what questions to ask. We placed a “Collision Guide” inside all of our brochures that you can fill out at the scene of an accident so that you don’t forget to gather any pertinent information. It is great to keep in your car at all times, so make sure to stop any of our shops to grab one. In the meantime, check out this great info-graphic about what information you need to get after an accident.

 

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Child Safety Seat Check March 8

    Did you know that 7 out of 10 car seat’s are installed wrong?

Have your child’s safety seat checked FREE

by a certified technician

Child Seat Inspection

SATURDAY MARCH 8, 2014

10:00AM-1:00PM

AMM COLLISION Center

3990 HIGHWAY 290 EAST

DRIPPING SPRINGS , TX   

Any questions call  (512)336-3423  

If your child’s seat is too old or does not meet current safety standards it may be replaced.

Children must be with adult caregiver during the inspection.

Sponsored by:

Texans In Motion

at Scott & White Healthcare

(512) 336-3423; www.sw.org

 

Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare

Is funded in part by the Texas Department of Transportation

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CE Class Thursday January 16, 2014

AMM Collision Center is hosting a Free CE Class for Insurance Agents and Adjusters.

Collision Repair for Insurers

approved for 3 hours of credit.

 

When: Thursday January 16, 2014

Time: Registration 9:00AM

          Class 9:30AM-12:30PM

          Lunch Following

 Where: Casa Maria

             22604 IH 35

             Kyle, TX 78640

 

Please email Anita@ammcc.com to Register. Please include: Name, Agency, and Contact info. Seating is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

 

Course Description:

The primary course objective is to give the agent a more complete understanding of how vehicles are repaired. We will demonstrate the entire process flow from estimate to final delivery of the repaired vehicle.

Knowledge Areas:

  The claims process as it involves the collision repair company

  How a Total Loss is calculated

  Consumer Rights

  Methods to safe guard against insurance fraud.

  New repair methodologies

  How to Select a  Professional Repair Shop

 

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Why Choose an I-CAR Gold Class Repair Facility?

By: Anita Lafferty

The automotive repair business is a notoriously unregulated industry, which is why it is important to look for an auto body shop that values professionalism and education. That is why it is important to look for a shop that is I-CAR Gold Class Certified.

 “Formed by the collision industry in 1979, I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is a not-for-profit training organization focused on education, knowledge and solutions for the Collision Repair Inter-Industry. The primary goal of I-CAR is complete and safe repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.” (from http://www.i-car.com/html_pages/about/vision.shtml)  

It is important for a shop to be I-CAR certified because it shows that they really care about providing the best and safest repair possible. I-CAR is funded primarily funded by student tuitions, so that means that it can remain unbiased. It also means that shops who have chosen to do this voluntary training are investing, in many cases, thousands of dollars a year to make sure that their technicians are up to speed on the most cutting edge repair solutions.

Training courses are structured around an individual’s role in the collision repair industry.  For example, an estimator takes courses related to assessing damage, creating a repair plan, and applying pricing. A refinish technician may be a painter who prepares and applies paint to a car may take courses on mixing color and tint, new waterborne paint techniques, and spray booth operations. There are 3 “ProLevels” for each role, and an expected knowledge for each level.

So the next time that you need a repair facility, choose a facility with highly trained technicians who care about the quality and safety of the repair. We make sure that all of our employees stay up to date on the latest repair techniques, even taking classes for specific OEM manufacturers such as Honda. We know that we need to stay current on new technologies for our customers’ safety as well as for the safety of our technicians. Choose an I-CAR Gold Class shop like AMM Collision Center.

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CE Class Thursday November 14, 2013

Author: Anita Lafferty

AMM Collision Center is hosting a Free CE Class for Insurance Agents and Adjusters.

Ethics at Work: Sharpening Our Professional Judgment

approved for 3 hours of credit.

 

When: Thursday November 14, 2013

Time: Registration 9:00AM

          Class 9:30AM-12:30PM

          Lunch Following

 Where: IBC Bank Community Room

             11400 Burnet Rd

              Austin, TX 78758

 

Please email Anita@ammcc.com to Register. Please include: Name, Agency, and Contact info. Seating is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

 

Course Description:

This advanced interactive continuing education course reinforces the importance of ethics within the insurance profession while identifying enduring ethical concepts, values, and principles that impact an agent’s ethical decision making process. Through analysis of three unique case studies, agents will address ethical situations of greater complexity that are typical to their industry. By practicing moral reasoning skills, agents will enhance their ability to make decisions in difficult situations protecting their reputations and generating long-term value for the companies and clients for whom they work.

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Fourth of July

By: Anita Lafferty

AMM Collision Center is a proud sponsor of KDRP’s Live Broadcast from Belterra’s 4th of July Celebration! There will be  FREE funnel cakes, cotton candy, & shaved ice from 5-9 pm or until we run out!  The event is FREE and open to the public.

For more information, including a map to the festivities, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/412514098798879/

Other Events in the area

Kyle, TX: There will be a 4th of July Celebration at the Plum Creek Golf Course with a pre-show from 6pm-9pm. http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/independence-day-celebration-fireworks-show-0

Buda, TX: Red, White, and Buda! There will be activities for kid’s from 9am-11am, including a parade, bouncy castle, and obstacle course; followed by fireworks in the evening at Buda City Park. http://business.budachamber.com/events/details/red-white-buda-1624

Austin, TX: The Austin Symphony’s 37th Annual July 4th Concert and Fireworks takes place at Auditorium Shores. The orchestra will begin around 8:30pm and the fireworks will start at 9:30pm. http://www.austinsymphony.org/events/austin-symphony-h-e-b-july-4th-concert-fireworks/

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Child Safety Seats

By: Anita Lafferty

Upcoming Event:

AMM Collision Center-Kyle is hosting an open Child Safety Seat Check Event in partnership with Texans in  Motion. Texans in Motion is part of Scott and White Healthcare, and is a non-profit funded in part by Tx-DOT. Their mission is to increase child passenger restraint use and reduce the number of deaths and injuries to children in motor vehicle crashes through educational programs, activities and check up events. All services provided are FREE.

Where: AMM Collision Center-Kyle, 21681 IH 35, Kyle, TX

When: Saturday July 13, 2013

Time: 9am-12pm

Certified Technicians will be on hand to make sure your child is riding safely. If your seat is old or does not meet current safety standards it may be replaced. Free event open to the public. For more information please call 512-336-3423.

About Child Safety Seats

Child Safety Seats can be intimidating. They are big, bulky contraptions that we rely on to keep our children safe. On top of that, every child safety seat manufacturer does things its own way, and every car’s seats and seat belts are different. Child safety seats, when used correctly, are very important in keeping children safe during an auto accident. Here are some very basic guidelines about Child Passenger Safety directly from the Texas Department of Public Safety website. Remember to always check your manual before moving your child to the next phase because every seat has different restrictions.

Phase 1- Rear Facing Seats: Infants: Birth – 35 pounds. Rear-facing infant or rear-facing convertible safety seat as long as possible, up to the rear-facing height or weight limit of the seat. Properly install rear-facing in the back seat.

Phase 2-Forward Facing seats: When children outgrow the rear-facing safety seat, they should ride in a forward-facing safety seat as long as possible, up to the upper height or weight limit (40 – 80 pounds) of the harnesses. Usually 4+ years old. Properly installed forward-facing in the back seat. NEVER turn forward-facing before 1 year old AND 20-22 pounds.

 Phase 3-Booster Seats: After age 4 and 40+ pounds, children can ride in a booster seat with the adult lap and shoulder belt until the adult safety belt will fit them properly (usually when the child is 4’9″ tall). MUST have a lap/shoulder belt to use a booster seat.

Phase 4-Adult Safety Belt: Once children outgrow their booster seat (usually at 4’9″, 100 pounds) they can use the adult safety belt if it fits them properly. Lap portion low over the hips/tops of thighs and shoulder belt crosses the center of the shoulder and center of the chest.

There are some other very important things to remember about Child Safety Seats:

They have an expiration date. You should not use a seat that is more than 6 years old, unless it explicitly permitted by the car seat manufacturer.

Register your child safety seat. You should always register your new car seat because the manufacturer will send you any information about recalls.

Do not attach anything to the child safety seat that did not come with it. It can become a projectile in the event of a crash, and can also void your warranty for misuse.

Do not use car seat if it has been in an automobile accident. Insurance will pay for a new car seat if it is involved in a collision.

Install the car seat using either the LATCH or the seat belt, not both. The reason for this is the seat has not been crash tested using both, so if something happens your warranty will be void for improper use. Seat belt or LATCH are both safe and correct.

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Wheel Alignments

By: Anita Lafferty

Wheel alignment is very important to the life of your tires and fuel economy. Tires are designed to sit flat with the road, so when the tire points in or out too much it causes uneven wear on the outside of your tires.  When they tires are out of alignment it causes more rolling resistance between the road surface and the tire causing you to push a little harder from point to point causing you to use more fuel than you would normally need. Basically your tires are working against each other.

Many factors contribute to improper wheel alignment. Something as simple as rubbing up against a curb or hitting a pothole can knock your tires out of whack, so it should be a part of your regular maintenance.

You may need a wheel alignment if:

  • You feel your car drifting to one side,
  • Your steering wheel isn’t centered when you are driving straight
  • You feel your steering wheel vibrate.

 And of course, an auto accident will very often create a need for a wheel alignment. The Hunter Hawkeye Elite is the newest technology in wheel alignments. It allows us to do alignments very quickly and easily. It has four high-resolution cameras to provide alignment measurements with pinpoint accuracy. There is no metal to metal contact with the wheels, and there is no need to go under the vehicle, which makes it great for vehicles that are low to the ground.  

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Safe driving tips for teens

By: Anita Lafferty

Teens can quickly forget what a big deal it is to be behind the wheel. Here are some tips to stay safe, and maybe some stuff you hadn’t thought about.

Clean your windshield. When the sun rises and sets, it can reflect off your dirty windshield and blind you.

Don’t swerve! If there is an animal or object in the road do not swerve to miss it. You may hit something else or someone else you couldn’t see. Stay in your lane and keep going until you can safely pull over.

Don’t use cruise control in the rain. With cruise control, we have a tendency to go into “auto-pilot, and not react as quickly. It is important to give driving your full attention, especially when it rains and roads are slick.

Stay off your cell phone! I know that you hear this all the time, but it is a huge factor in teen accidents. Also, it is illegal to text and drive in Austin, TX. That text message can wait 10 minutes for you to get to your destination. Also, make sure that you know where you are going before you leave; checking your map on your phone is just as distracting as texting.

I chose to share these specific tips because we have seen these little things have dire consequences for teen drivers. Driving is a big responsibility, take it seriously.

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Testimonial from KOKE-FM

Thank you James and Joyce for your wonderful feedback. It means so much to us when a customer takes time out of their schedule to say how much they appreciate the work that we do.

My husband got into a minor fender bender & after we got the ok from our insurance company, we started looking around for a place to get his little 2003 Ford Focus’s front fender fixed. We’ve heard the commercials for AMM on KOKE FM & at my suggestion, my husband called them. Louie Alejandro answered the phone & from that point on, we’ve been extremely impressed with the service! Louie took over dealing with our insurance company when it turned out we needed a bit more done than what was originally estimated & was always available to answer the few questions we had. 

We dropped his car off at the Kyle location Friday morning & picked his car up this morning! Having heard horror stories about those OTHER body shops in the area, we were unsure just how long the process was going to take. Granted he only had minor damage to the front of his car, but only two days to fix a car is AWESOME! Our biggest surprise occurred when we picked up his car this morning. It was nice & shiny! AMM went above & beyond all of our expectations when they washed & waxed his car & even detailed the interior!
I’ve got a ’65 Mustang that’s needing some body repairs. We’re so impressed with AMM’s customer service that when we get ready to have the body work done, we’ll be heading to AMM!

Thanks KOKE FM for spreading the word about AMM! And thanks to AMM for the great customer service & great work y’all did on his car!

A couple of VERY happy customers,
– James & Joyce Fisher”