Most people in San Antonio have never experienced a Hail Storm nor do they understand what it takes to repair their damaged vehicle. We will discuss some of the key points to getting your car repaired and back to it’s original condition.

After A Storm

Have your vehicle washed and start inspecting it. The best way to do this is pull the car in the shade or your garage Look at you cars paint at an angel. You should be able to see the small little dings caused by the hail stones. If you have more then 10 dime size dings on any one of these panels hood, roof or trunk your probably going to want to file a claim with your insurance carrier.

How do you file a claim?

You should have a toll free phone number on your insurance card. Call it and tell them what happened to your vehicle and the date. They will send you to a claim center or have an adjuster contact you to set a time to inspect your vehicle. Don’t waste your time running around town asking shop to write you an estimate. It’s pointless until you know what your insurance company will pay and not pay for. All insurance carriers are familiar with Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) and will more then likely write your claim with the PDR method. Some times the adjuster will write the damage as a combination repair. Meaning that it will be repaired and painted on some panels and PDR will be used on other panels. This will be due to the severity of the damage your vehicle sustained. Again make sure that your vehicles paint is clean so all the damage will be visible.

What Is Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)?

Paintless dent repair is a process that has been used for decades. It is the art of messaging the metal back to it’s original shape with out the need to have the vehicles panel sanded, bondoed and re painted. Special tools are used in this every day process. Hundreds of thousands of hail damaged cars are repaired each year with the PDR process. Insurance company’s recommend it because it allows you vehicle to be repaired faster and keeps your factory finish. When the repairs are preformed by a qualified tech you will not be able to even tell that the car was damaged.

Choosing The Right Repair Shop

After the storm you will probably notice lots of out of town company’s popping up on the side of the road with their tents. Some will offer large discounts and other crazy things. Your really taking a gamble with some of these people. Their not all bad however if you have a problem when the work is done and they have moved to another city you will probably be stuck with the extra repair bill. We recommend using a local PDR company or reputable body shop. Generally these company’s will employ extra PDR technicians and will be around after all the storm cars have been repaired for any issued that may arise. If you want to deal with a local mobile operator your going to have to be prepared to let them use your garage to repair your vehicle. This may sound easy however you might find it to be more of an inconvenience. Some of these mobile operators operate with out any insurance. If you ask to see their copy of business liability insurance and they can’t provide a up to date copy of it you better chose someone else. Remember it’s your vehicle you decide who is going to repair it. Trust you feelings if the charges are to good to be true or the is offering all kinds of miracles then shop around for a second opinion.

Concours Auto Salon offers high quality paintless dent repairs. Your satisfaction is our #1 priority. If it’s a door ding or a hail damaged vehicle with 400 dings you can count on us to do the repair’s right, on time and only employ the best dent guy’s in the business.

For many, tinted windows are best left to teenagers and those who would like to remain incognito.  In truth, tinted windows serve a very important function in protecting you and your car from the damaging rays of the sun.  Having tinted windows also helps conceal the contents of your interior from criminals.   The film used for tinted windows is a polyester  substrate with a scratch resistant coating on one side and a clear mounting adhesive on the other.

The benefits  of tinted windows are huge.  The sun can be intense in San Antonio in the summer.  Proper window Tint can  block 63% of the sun’s heat and a whopping 99.9% of damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Not only does tint protect the interior and upholstery of the vehicle, but it also protect your eyes from glare and eyestrain and your skin from sun damage. Window film also makes your vehicle’s glass safer by holding shattered glass in place.

Decrease Heat
Today’s window film can provide up to 63%* solar energy rejection versus untreated automotive glass. A cooler interior provides more comfort, and can significantly reduce air conditioning usage, thus extending the life of AC systems and improving gas mileage.

Reduce Fading
Automotive window film blocks 99% or more of harmful UV rays while also significantly reducing heat.  Reducing these two primary causes of fading helps to protect and extend the life of all of your vehicle’s interior including seats, carpets, wood trim and dashboard.

Diminish Health Risks
Exposure to UV rays from the sun is known to pose potential health risks for your eyes and skin.  Window film provides an effective “sunscreen” for you against the harmful effects of the sun.

Cut Hazardous Glare
Glare from the sun or headlights at night can blind your vision when on the road.  This dangerous condition can be greatly reduced by tinting your vehicle’s side and rear windows.

Increase Safety & Security
Thicker “automotive protection” films can provide an extra level of safety in case of an accident, and security for your possessions from smash-and-grab car theft.

Enhance Appearance
There’s a variety of window film products to suit any type of car, truck or SUV.  From virtually invisible films to darker colors, there’s a range of shades to give you the look you want.

It’s Fast & Easy
Professional installation is quick and simple.  Most vehicles can be tinted in 1 to 2 hours.  Call Concours Auto Salon to set up an appointment.

Not all window tint installations are the same.  Preparation is the key to a good install. You could use the most expensive film produced but if you fail to prepare the glass properly it really won’t matter.  At Concours Auto Salon we triple clean all the glass weather the vehicle is new or 10 years old they are all prepared the same.  This means proper adhesion as well as an installation that has no dirt particles between the glass and film.

Concours Auto Salon San AntonioConcours Auto salon is happy to announce the launch of their new website.

This new website has been designed to keep customers informed and up to date with the services and the day to day going on’s at Concours Auto Salon. With new features like Videos, a really cool photo gallery and a contact us page with a form that allows you to upload a photo of any damage you may want repaired at the shop. We have placed links to our Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and Yelp page to help further keep you up to date with any special promotions, recent work and special discounts being offered.

We hope you enjoy the site and take some time send us an email or join our facebook page so you can stay informed when Concours Auto Salon has specials.

AmphicarOne of our customers dropped this off today. It is an Amphicar.

The Amphicar was built in Germany from 1961 to 1968. Total production was 3,878 vehicles. The Amphicar is the only civilian amphibious passenger automobile ever to be mass produced. 3,046 Amphicars were imported into the United States between 1961 and 1967. The Amphicar has a rear engine and uses a 4 cylinder British built Triumph Herald motor, producing 43hp. All Amphicars are convertibles and the civilian models were originally offered in only 4 colors, beach white, regatta red, lagoon blue and fjord green (aqua).
We have been busy today with washes, paintless dent repairs, bumper repairs and booking new appointments. One of our customers found us on Angie’s List and stated that we were the highest rated Paintless Dent Repair and Auto Detail company in San Antonio by their standards. It was a fantastic compliment. We will be working on his BMW on Monday and will post before and after pictures per our customers request.