What Are Cosmetic Repairs?

Cars can sustain cosmetic damage, which means it’s esthetic but doesn’t impact the operational performance of a vehicle. Simply put, with cosmetic damage, you can still drive your car, whereas, with structural damage, the vehicle becomes inoperable.

Discover in today’s blog examples of cosmetic damage and repairs you can make.


Cosmetic Damages to a Vehicle

Several ways a vehicle can sustain cosmetic damage include a cracked windshield, dents, rust, and other debris that cause scratches, dirt, and salt. When assessing cosmetic damage, it’s vital to ensure the damage won’t compromise your safety and that of your passengers. For example, a cracked windshield can obscure your view and shatter easier in a crash or when impacted by an object.

The psychology of cosmetic damage is that when an owner drives a new vehicle, and it gets scratched, they are far more likely to fix it immediately. Once the car gets older and more scratches and dings appear, they get used to the look and are more tolerant of cosmetic blemishes to their vehicle. It’s important to determine if the cosmetic damage is something you can live with or is reflective of something more serious that can affect your safety.


Cosmetic Repairs

Cosmetic repairs are those involved with visible damage — ones you can see on the car and how they affect its appearance. You may need to factor in some things pertaining to cosmetic repairs. If you’re selling your vehicle or planning on turning it in for a new one, fixing those cosmetic issues will enable you to get more money from the sale. This is particularly true if you’re selling privately. 

Also, seemingly harmless cosmetic damage can cause issues in the long run, such as with paint damage that can lead to oxidation of the metal body and the base color paint, which then leads to rusting, fading, or paint peeling. Dents near the wheels can affect their alignment or how the car turns. 

Cosmetic repairs can be as simple as buffing out scratches or getting a new paint job, but the more severe cosmetic damage should only be done by a professional. The vehicle type, paint color, location, and extent of the damage should be assessed by an experienced auto body shop, such as with Schneider Auto Body. 

There may be hidden damage that you’re not aware of, as well, hence why it’s important to have a knowledgeable mechanic take a look. They can connect your car’s computer to their diagnostic system, which helps them discover what and where the damage is on your vehicle.

These simple cosmetic repairs can turn into an expensive cost down the line, so it’s best to get them fixed as soon as possible.


Turn to Schneider Auto Body

To get expert analysis of cosmetic damage and help with repairs, contact Schneider Auto Body in Salt Lake City. We specialize in auto painting and repair and invite you to fill out our form to get a free estimate. Don’t delay; call us today.

What is the Effect of Vandalism on Cars?

Car vandalism happens, no matter where you live or work. It can have a significant effect on your car, especially if it’s a classic car or luxury type vehicle. If you’ve had this type of damage to your car, keep scrolling to learn about what effects it can have and what to do if you’re the victim of vandalism.

Car Vandalism 

Car vandalism can be mild to severe. It could include slashing tires, keying a vehicle, and smashing windows; egging or throwing soda or juice on a car is also considered vandalism. Even writing on a car with paint or chalk without someone’s permission is vandalism and under state laws, a crime. Other legal terms for vandalism can also be labeled criminal damage, malicious damage, or malicious trespass.

Most Common Types of Car Vandalism

Keying someone’s car: The most common type of car vandalism is keying cars. It can be done anytime, anywhere, and no one would even know it’s happening. You can have small scratches buffed out, but deeper scratches require repair from an auto shop.

Breaking car windows: Another common type of car vandalism is when someone breaks your car windows. Sometimes, side mirrors or headlights are included. Windows can shatter easily, and a broken window gives quick access to the vehicle. 

Slashing car tires: This type of damage prevents you from driving your car and can cost a pretty penny in tire replacement. Depending on what kind of car you own, it could cost you anywhere from $400-800 per set. 

Egging vehicles: When someone throws eggs at your car, it can mean a costly repaint job. The eggshells scratch the clear coat on your car and can be superficial or deep enough to seep into the base coat. Egg yolk is acidic and can damage or stain the base coat. Remove the eggs as soon as possible, so they don’t dry; it can become difficult to remove otherwise.

Spray painting cars: A spray paint can is the most common tool used in vandalism. In this type of damage, the vandal often sends a clear message that can include racial or sexual epithets or other derogatory messages. Car owners usually have to repaint the whole car or replace panels. 

Tips if Your Car is Vandalised

The following tips can help if your car is vandalized:

  • Take photos of the damage – Document the damage with pictures you can present to the insurance company and for your records. If you have before and after pictures, that will help show the extent of damage of the vandalism.
  • Protect and secure your car – Ensure you cover your vehicle securely with a plastic sheet or other protective material that helps prevent damage from the elements. Note, if you don’t take steps in protecting your vehicle and your car’s interior is damaged, your insurance company might not reimburse you.
  • Call the police – Before calling your car insurance, call the police first to file a report, Do this as soon as possible, so you have an official record when you submit the claim.
  • Collect documentation – Get any relevant documents and information, such as photos, police reports, a list of any stolen items, and relevant receipts that include any costs for protecting your vehicle following the damage. Also, collect any documented witness statements.
  • File an insurance claim – After filing a police report, call your insurance company and file a damage report and wait for a claims adjuster to assess your vehicle’s damage and offer options to repair it, as well as replace your valuables.

Have Car Vandalism? Call Schneider Auto Body

We can help repair the damage from vandalism. Contact us for an estimate or any questions or concerns, and we’d be happy to address them.


What Does It Mean To Restore A Car?

You’ve heard people say their dream is to restore a classic car, but classics are classic for a reason—they don’t make these types of cars anymore. Restoring a classic car can be a fun project if you know where to start.

Stay tuned to learn more about the process.

Different Car Restorations

There are several conditions in which to restore a classic car. Some owners want it in driving conditions for joy rides, while others may want to restore it for car shows. The condition of a classic car is judged on a 100-point system, with 100 being in mint condition with 20 or below as un-restorable.

Restored to Driving Condition

To restore a classic car to driving condition, it might require some cosmetic tweaks and replacement parts, but if it’s just for you, then you can decide what types of changes you can afford or feel like restoring. Obviously, if the car isn’t in driving condition, you will need to do what’s necessary to restore it so that you can drive. 

Street Show Condition

To restore your classic car to this condition, it needs to look good and run well and impress a professional. It’s important to have high-quality parts, professional repairs, and attention to details. Regarding the 100-point system, at this level, it should fall between 80-89.

Show Car Condition

This level involves not just impressing a professional–beyond just looks and performance– but needs to have professional work and attention to detail with every aspect of the car. A show car condition should be between the 90-95 point system.

Concours Condition

This is the highest level of restoration for a classic car. Concours condition is usually reserved for auto shows, private collectors, or cars never driven. For this level, you will need a professional with professional tools. The rating on the point system would be over 95.

Tips to Restoring a Car

The first tip to restoring a car, beyond finding the right car, is finding the right parts. What kind of parts do you need, and more importantly, can you find these parts? Decide whether you can work with original parts whenever possible or if you’re OK with using replacement parts. Getting authentic parts may be challenging to get for your make and model. If you’re restoring the car just for you, then you should be fine with replacement parts.

Now, what type of restoration are you going to do? Remember, every level requires more work than the last. Also, think about safety concerns. Old cars usually aren’t up to code with airbags or even seatbelts, so you will need to at least add seatbelts. You can probably upgrade the radio, electronics, and air conditioning if you’re using the classic car just for your pleasure.

Pick up a restoration manual for your classic car project. The book can walk you through everything you need, from rebuilding an engine to tackling the most common body restoration issues. YouTube tutorials are great resources, as well.

Prepare for the unexpected, and don’t be surprised when you experience setbacks. Step back and figure out a new plan of attack, but don’t quit! You may have to step away for a bit to figure things out, but come back and finish.

Need Help? Contact Schneider Auto Body

We would love to help you with your classic car project, so contact us today, and we’ll do our best to answer any questions.


Does Structural Damage Mean Frame Damage?

Structural damage to a car can include many parts, including the frame, which can cause irreparable damage. But does structural damage automatically mean your car sustained frame damage? Scroll down to find the answer.


Frame Car Damage

To answer the question, yes, when the structure of your car becomes heavily damaged, that usually means the frame. Let me explain: 

Under the belly of the car, deep down, is the structural support system or the frame of your vehicle. It’s the foundation in which your vehicle was built and is designed to protect you in the event of an accident. When your car sustains frame damage, it means an accident or third-party alternation has compromised the integrity of your vehicle. It also means there could be damage to parts of the car that provide structural support.

Let’s talk about parts of the frame of the most common type of car frame.


Parts of the Frame

There are many different types of car frames, with the most common being the unibody frames and ladder frame. This type of frame has several parts, and damage to any of these parts can constitute frame damage. They include:

  • Core support: This section of the frame supports the radiator and can be found on the front end of your car. In an accident, this part can be removed or replaced without being considered Frame Damaged.
  • Unirail: Located at the front and back of the car are two symmetrical metal beans or rails, which are one of the strongest parts of the frame. They are also the foundation for other components that get welded on to these rails.
  • Strut tower: You can find four strut towers on every vehicle, typically located on the four corners of the car. It’s also part of the front apron and rear quarter panel and is designed to align and hold your vehicle’s suspension in place.
  • Apron: The front inner fender area of the car is the apron, which comprises two sides. It extends from the core support to the strut tower and the rear apron, stretching from the strut tower to the firewall.
  • Firewall: Part of the frame that separates the motor from the cockpit is the firewall. It makes up the front unibody and engine bay of the car, alongside the apron, strut tower, front rails, and core support.
  • Floor Pan: This is a metal sheet welded to several cross members to shape the floor of a vehicle. It has several grooves and holes to fit the vehicle’s drivetraIn and electric wiring.
  • A-B-C-Pillars: As vertical supports of a car, these pillars are labeled alphabetically to show their location from front to rear. Some vehicles like the Minivans have a fourth pillar called, respectively, the D-pillar for additional length support.
  • Rocker Panel: This is located on each side of the vehicle in-between the wheels and under the doors and supports the doors and helps align them when closed.
  • Quarter Panel: Another metal sheet that forms the left and right rear panels of your vehicle, these panels help mold the wheel well. In most cars, the gas cap is on it. 
  • Rear Support: On ordinary cars, the rear section of the frame comprises two unirails: a floorboard (storage for spare tires) and a back bumper support.


Contact Schneider Auto

If any parts of the frame have been damaged in a car accident, let us know. We can help determine if they can be repaired or if the damage is too much and you need part replacement. We offer a free estimate, so visit our homepage to fill out the information, and we will get back to you within 48-hours.

What Car Damage Is Common After An Accident?

If you’ve ever been in an accident, you may have had whiplash or other injuries. Just like accidents can cause physical or structural damage to a human, it can do the same with a car, but do you know which parts of a vehicle are the most damaged or commonly damaged? In our blog today, we’ll discuss this topic.


Car Damage After an Accident

Fender benders happen all the time. It may scratch your vehicle or dent your bumper or take out a front or rear light. A major accident can cause severe damage, such as to the frame, which can render a car undrivable. Insurance companies label it “totaled.” Here is the most common damage done to a vehicle after an accident.


Rear Bumper Damage

It’s no surprise that most rear bumpers are rubber. This is so a minor, or even major, car accident doesn’t take out your back end. This car part is also the most commonly damaged in an accident. Keep in mind that there’s more to the rear bumper you need to consider and inspect since the layer of foam beneath the bumper absorbs the impact and may also need repairing or replacing.


Trunk Lid Damage

Along with rear bumper damage, the trunk lid can also take damage in a rear-end collision. If the accident was severe enough that it opened the trunk, ensure, you have the latch inspected. If damaged but not fixed, it could cause the trunk to open while driving, resulting in problems or even another accident.


Inertia Switch Damage

Another typical car part that gets damaged is the inertia switch. (gives power to the vehicle’s fuel pump) In an accident, a tripped switch prevents it from feeding electricity to the fuel pump, thus preventing a fire. If there’s damage in an accident and your car won’t start, this is a good thing. If your vehicle has an inertia switch, you will likely push a button to start the car regularly, allowing you to get it to a shop. Check your owner’s manual. 


Headlights & Taillights

These parts are nearly always damaged in a car accident since lights are made of hard plastic and usually take much of the impact of a collision. If they do break, get them replaced immediately. If these lights don’t function properly, the police could fine you.


Battery Damage

Depending on the severity of the accident, it can jar your battery, resulting in it becoming prematurely inoperable. Keep this in mind after an accident.


Door Damage

If you were hit broadside or hit someone while turning, you will sustain damage to your doors. Because of this, they may not open or close, so ensure each door is operable after an accident.


Steering Damage

After an accident, you may find it hard or impossible to steer or roll your car—particularly in a severe collision. If this is the case, it’s inoperable and needs towing. 


Contact Schneider Auto Body

If you’ve been in an accident and need a car repair or replacement, contact us and let our mechanics inspect your vehicle. We will discuss with you any damage we find and create a plan to get your car fixed and running smoothly again.

We Work For You

At Schneider Auto Karosserie we work for you with your insurance company. We like to build a personal relationship with our customers and the cars they love. We’ll go the extra mile to make sure you leave satisfied every time.