March 26, 2019

Cold Weather Affects Your Battery and Oil

This winter, Wisconsin saw some of the coldest weather ever recorded. Extremely cold weather affects your car’s ability to start and drive properly. Not knowing how temperature affects your car creates a bigger headache when something goes wrong and you have to be somewhere.

Here’s how cold weather affects your car and what you can do to get moving in the bitter cold.

How Cold Weather Affects Your Car

Extremely cold weather can greatly affect your car’s drivability in multiple ways:

Electrical

Cold temperatures are a known cause for power issues with automobiles. According to a post from Advance Auto Parts, cold temperatures hinder your battery’s ability to start and maintain power. The recent cold snap ushered in new research concluding that electric cars are less drivable in winter. According to research from the American Automobile Association, electric cars drivability drops by almost half in 20-degree weather.

People often suspect that their battery is the reason their car won’t start. However, the type of oil and how much a car has can affect their ability to start.

Fluids

A post from Napa Auto Parts  revealed cold weather affects the thickness of motor oil. Choosing the right oil for your vehicle will ensure your car starts and functions normally. You should consult your car’s manual to see what type of oil your car uses. There are a variety of motor oils that withstand cold temperatures.

By changing your oil often, and taking your car in for maintenance, you can ensure your car is in shape to take on the cold weather. However, you can’t control the weather and may find yourself dealing with automobile issues in the least ideal conditions.

What To Do When The Cold Weather Strikes

Now that you know how the weather can affect your car’s drivability, here are some tips to help you get to where you need to be in the cold weather.

1. Let Your Car Run For at Least Five Minutes Before Driving

Cold weather can hinder an automobile’s ability to run, so allowing your car to run will ensure oil and electricity is circulating properly.

2. Park Your Car in a Garage Whenever You Can

For people living in the city, this may not be entirely accessible, but giving your car even a few hours of cover can make a difference. Consider parking your car in a garage while you’re at work or out running errands.

3. Have Someone You Can Call When Your Car Won’t Start

If you find yourself stuck somewhere because your car won’t start, it’s good to know who can come get you. Morgan’s Collision Center offers 24-hour towing!

4. Pack Warm Clothes and Blankets If Your Car Dies

Emergencies happen out of nowhere. Be sure to have blankets and warm clothes in case your battery dies from cold weather!

Know that you understand how the cold weather affects cars, you can be better prepared to get where you need without a hitch. If you have any questions regarding your automobile, it’s best to consult a professional. Morgan’s Collision Center provides detailing, paintless dent removal, express service and more!

 

 

How Car Insurance Helps Cover Auto Repairs

Car insurance is legally mandated in the state of Wisconsin. Besides covering you in the event of an accident, insurance can help you with recovering costs from repairs to your car. Getting your car fixed sounds simple: you drop it off at the shop and your insurance company takes care of the rest. However, it’s important to know what you’re actually covered for. Here’s what you need to know about car repairs and auto insurance.

Collision Coverage

A car accident can happen when you least expect it and having collision coverage can ease the financial hardships. According to State Farm Insurance, collision coverage is defined as, “in a covered accident, collision coverage extends beyond your own vehicle to include temporary substitute cars, newly-acquired cars, and cars you’re using, but aren’t owned by anyone in your household.” If your car is damaged in any way as the result of a crash, your insurance companies will likely cover most of the cost for repairs. However, any damage that isn’t related to collisions requires additional coverage.

Comprehensive Coverage

There’s nothing worse than cracking your windshield or finding that your car has been keyed. Drivers should carry additional insurance that covers a wide range of damages. Comprehensive coverage helps with any damage resulting from weather, animals and even vandalism. If your car has been damaged by any of these and you don’t carry comprehensive coverage, you may have to pay out of pocket for any repairs.

Liability Coverage

Liability coverage is required for driver’s in Wisconsin, mainly because it protects more than just damages to your car. State Farm Insurance defines liability coverage as “insurance that pays other parties when they’re hurt or their property is damaged in an accident and the insured is considered “at-fault.” According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, drivers must be covered for a minimum amount of $10,000 for property damage, $25,000 for injury/death of one person and $50,000 for injury/death of more than one person. If you don’t know how to proceed after an accident, see our blog post on the process of reporting an accident & getting your car fixed quickly.

What Kind of Car Insurance Should I Carry?

Drivers in Wisconsin are legally required to carry auto insurance. The state of Wisconsin have penalties in place for those who do not carry auto insurance. Understanding the terms of your insurance policy will prepare you to accept the legal and monetary repercussions following a car accident. If your looking for fast and effective repair work in Muskego, Morgans Collision Center offers a wide range of services to get your car back in order. Need glass or body damage repaired quick? Morgans Collision Center offers express service to get your car back and running quick!

 

5 Common Questions About PDR

The smallest blemish on your vehicle can stick out like a sore thumb, ruining its look and resale value. But repainting your whole car to fix one dent is expensive and time consuming. What’s the solution?

For many people, it’s PDR (paintless dent removal). For dings and small dents, it’s your best bet for restoring your vehicle.

1. What Is PDR?

Paintless dent removal is exactly what it sounds like. It’s done through a number of different techniques that remove dents in your car’s body without requiring sanding or repainting. Instead, it uses a combination of unique tools and techniques to “pop” a dent back into place.

In our experience, customers like PDR because it offers them quicker turnaround times and lower repair costs.

Curious to know more? Click here to learn more about paintless dent removal.

2. What Types of Dents Can It Fix?

Small dings and dents that don’t scratch through the paint are typically not problem. And dents from hail damage, door dings, and minor fender benders can often be pushed out using PDR too. For the most part, any size or shape of dent can be fixed so long as it isn’t too sharp and doesn’t include paint damage.

3. What Types of Dents Can’t It Fix?

Unfortunately, PDR isn’t a all-cure method for every dent. Not all dents can be fixed with PDR, and that’s important to realize so that you don’t visit your service center with false expectations. So, what can’t be fixed by PDR?

  • Dents with paint damage
  • Sharp or pointed dents
  • Deep dents

4. Can I Do PDR Myself?

You may have seen blogs pop up in Google that show you the necessary tools and techniques for DIY paintless dent removal. And some tool manufacturer’s offer kits so that anyone can do it themselves at home. But remember: Just because the tools are there doesn’t mean they’re good or that you’ll know how to use them.

If you don’t know how to remove dents, there’s the real possibility that you could further damage your vehicle. And more damage means more money repairing it.

5. Who Does Paintless Dent Removal?

A great rule of them when it comes to your car or truck is this: When it comes to the integrity of your vehicle, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So, just because you can doesn’t necessarily mean you should. If you have a dent that you need repaired, call a professional and get it done right.

Morgan’s Collision Center offers PDR services in Muskego. We can help restore your car’s beauty using the best tools and techniques.

Learn more about our paintless dent removal services here or contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

With winter well on the way, it’s important that your vehicle is in the best shape to tackle icy roads and snowstorms. The unexpected can happen at any time when driving on unsafe conditions. And, if you don’t prepare your vehicle for the cold, wet climate, it can put a dent in your wallet.

Here’s the scoop on keeping your car tip-top until springtime rolls around.

Get Your Car Detailed Before the First Snowfall

While it seems backward to polish up your car’s appearance, it may be the key to keeping your car in shape through the winter.

According to a blog from the DMV, rock salt used to prevent ice on roadways can cause damage to your paint, muffler, exhaust, and even your brakes. To prevent damage to your car’s appearance and drivability, you should get your car detailed and serviced before hitting the wintery roads.

When it comes to preserving your car’s elegant gloss, waxing your car before the cold sets in will give it an extra layer of protection to last you through winter.

Fix All Cracked and Missing Glass

If your windshield has a crack, it’s crucial that you get it replaced before the cold weather sets in. Here’s why:

  • Cracks in windows may have a tendency to expand due to temperature change and the weight of snow.
  • Replacing your windshield in colder weather can affect the glass strength.
  • Cracked glass may lead water to leak into your vehicle and affect the quality of your car’s insulation. To prevent further damage, it’s crucial that you get the necessary repair or replacement.

If you need work done fast, don’t forget to check out our express service.

Know Someone With a Tow

This may be your ultimate saving grace if you ever find yourself (or your car) in a rut.

Having a reliable towing service to call is imperative when driving in winter because unexpected driving conditions can increase the likelihood of accidents. Plus, cold weather may affect your engine’s performance.

If you’re stuck in a ditch, caught in an auto wreck, or your engine fails to start, having a tow to call is convenient and less stressful.

Make Sure You’re Insured

Drivers in Wisconsin are legally required to carry auto insurance, and if you’re one of the many people who ends up in accident this winter, you’ll be glad you have it.

Poor weather conditions often lead to auto accidents, and snow is a common factor in most. According to statistics from the Federal Highway Administration, there were 219, 942 crashes from 2004 to 2014 due to snow and sleet. And, snow and sleet were the third most common factor in accidents, behind rain and wet pavement.

When you are involved in an accident and uninsured, you open yourself up to legal repercussions that stretch to more than just auto repairs.

Get Yourself and Your Vehicle Ready

As the winter months close in, it’s important to get your car in shape. The unpredictability of cold, wet, and weather doesn’t have to be a deal breaker, nor does it need to break the bank.

Contact Morgan’s Collision Center for repairs and maintenance. We’ll make sure you’re riding right into springtime.