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General Motors Will Stop Production at Five Plants in North America, Eliminate Some Car Models

General Motors has announced that it is “un-allocating” production at three vehicle assembly plants and two propulsion plants in North America.

Assembly plants that will be unallocated vehicles in 2019 include:

·       Oshawa Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

·       Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit.

·       Lordstown Assembly in Warren, Ohio.

Propulsion plants that will be unallocated in 2019 include:

·       Baltimore Operations in White Marsh, Maryland.

·       Warren Transmission Operations in Warren, Michigan.

They will be laying off up to 14,000 workers, however some could be moved to truck and SUV plants. This move is due to declining car sales as consumers are more interested in crossovers, electric vehicles, and autonomous cars. GM is interested in hiring those that are experts in software and electric and autonomous vehicles, letting go those who are now working on conventional cars that are equipped with internal combustion engines.

Wondering which models are on their way out the door? We’ve compiled a list of what we know so far.

1.     Chevrolet Volt

This surprises us the most. Weren’t plug in cars supposed to be the future?

2.     Cadillac CT6

Sad to see it go. Did you know that its semi-autonomous super cruise system still hasn’t been surpassed by any other company’s technology, not even the Tesla’s autopilot? Exciting news though is that the last of these Cadillac’s to be sold will be twin-turbo V8 V-Series models. They’ve got to at least go out with a bang!

3.     Chevrolet Impala

This one is headed out the door due to consumers preferring a traverse or equinox these days.

4.     Chevrolet Cruze

If you were looking for a small and affordable American vehicle, it was either this or the focus. We wish they would have at least tried out a Cruze SS before pulling the plug on its production.

5.     Buick LaCrosse

This was a luxury car for a Buick but was pulled simply because there was nothing there that stood out to excite people to purchase it.

6.     Cadillac XTS

It was announced 3 years ago that Cadillac would not continue the XTS past 2019, so we’re not too shocked to hear this. There’re just too many similarly sized Cadillac sedans around for this one to stand out in a crowd (think ATS, CTS, XTS, and CT6).

Cline Collision Center is an OEM certified repair shop located in Santa Rosa, CA. We offer auto body collision repair, auto body refinishing, frame straightening, bumper repair, car painting, dent removal, dent repair, and are excited to offer a free detail with every repair. Choose Cline Collision Center to get back that new car look and feel!

OEM Collision Repair Parts and Procedures Bill Becomes Law in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Senate Bill 2679 (SB 2679), that expands the state’s existing requirement that consumers be given the right to choose and insurers pay for OEM parts on claims for 30 months after a vehicle is manufactured to all claims for a period of 48 months, is now law in Rhode Island. The bill that was approved by the Rhode Island legislature in June along with its companion House Bill 8013 took effect without Governor Raimondo’s signature on July 4. This means that insurance companies in Rhode Island no longer require use of aftermarket auto body parts, and more importantly do not install these after market parts onto a vehicle without the owner’s consent. So long as their vehicle is less than 48 months beyond the vehicle’s manufacture date. There are some ups and downs to this law going into place for consumers. The upside is that you have more control of what parts go onto your new car. Some of you might be thinking “this is amazing who would want after market parts on their vehicle”? While OEM parts will restore your vehicle back to factory specifications (which, most people would prefer because their vehicle is still very new), some people like replacing parts with aftermarket ones when they either mechanically fail or get damaged by accident. Think of Jeeps. Many Jeep owners swap out the entire look of the vehicle, for after market parts. However, insurers are not to thrilled about this because it costs more to put OEM parts on vehicle’s most of the time. For example, The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America initially wanted this bill to be thrown out as it could create pressure to raise auto insurance premiums and raise auto repair costs.

“We’re disappointed that the governor decided to let this bill become law,” said Frank O’Brien, vice president of state government relations for PCI, in a statement to Insurance Journal. “It is yet another in a series of auto body-related bills that the Rhode Island legislature has passed and have gone into effect which do nothing but increase rates for Rhode Island consumers so that the auto body industry in Rhode Island can continue to make the kind of money that it makes.”

O’Brien had previously spoken out in a PCI press release against the bill when it passed the General Assembly, adding that, “Rhode Island drivers, as a result, could end up paying the highest auto insurance premiums in the U.S.”

As a consumer, what do you think about this new law? Should California consider implementing this too? Cline Collision Center is an OEM certified collision repair facility. Give us a call today to schedule your free estimate.

Adhesive Bonding: The Game Changer 

Adhesive bonding for vehicles has been around since the 1960s. When done properly it is a very efficient way of bonding the vehicle. Some people are worried about the end result when choosing adhesive bonding, however, as long as the certified technician follows the exact vehicle manufacturer guidelines, there won’t be an issue. If a technician opted to guess the manufacturer guidelines, as you might have guessed this can turn into a disaster. Adhesive-only repairs should be done only when there is a written procedure from the vehicle manufacturer for that year, make and model.

The advantages to using adhesives during manufacturing include:

· Adding strength to a vehicle

· Reducing weight

· Reducing noise, vibration and harshness

· Adding to corrosion protection, extending the vehicle’s end of life

Adhesive bonding can be applied to many types of repairs. You can bond dissimilar metals or any other materials. There’s no worry of metals being sensitive to heat, as they can function in extreme temperatures. All of these advantages make adhesives a great addition to our shop. Training is crucial to the success of any body work but especially with adhesive bonding. This is why we send our technicians to ongoing education courses so that they can continue to perfect their craft. Adhesive-only bonding is used by all manufacturers on almost every vehicle. The windshield, for example, is adhesively bonded to the vehicle.

Rivet Bonding is another form of bonding that was brought to life by the new F-150’s. Body shops did not really use rivet bonding before the new F-150’s came out because they were not sure of its reliability, or really, how to do it. Once Ford brought out these aluminum trucks, body shops were forced to learn in order to fix these trucks. We all learned that the process is straightforward!

Rivets alone are susceptible to failing as the bonding of the two materials may allow for movement over time from repeated stress. Rivets and welds also break loose. The combination of rivets and adhesive corrects the weakness of either system being used alone, which gives manufacturers a no-heat bond that would damage many steels or other metals. This combination also makes it easy for us to restore vehicles to factory specifications, keeping up with the vehicle’s required engineering specs.

As with rivets, adhesives can be used with welding panels together also. Squeeze-type resistance spot welding can weld through many adhesives to form a strong, long-lasting bond. We use machines capable of weld bonding and have pulse energy in order to make a correct spot weld.

At Cline Collision Center, we are trained and licensed to perform whichever type of bonding is best suited for your vehicle make and model. Give us a call today to schedule your vehicle at 707.591.9909 for a free estimate!

How to Avoid Corrosion

People often worry that their vehicle will rust out after the auto body repair. Anytime one of our technicians needs to cut into the body of the vehicle, it is now different than when it left the factory. However, a quality trained and licensed technician, like ours at Cline Collision Center can put it back exactly the way it left the factory. Without proper schooling and training, we do not recommend taking on your own body repair. When repairing body damage to your vehicle it is crucial to not miss a step, in order to ensure a clean metal surface. Corrosion is not always visible, unless it causes the paint to blister or raise. Here are some helpful tips we use to avoid corrosion:

1.     Don’t forget to put on gloves and follow instructions for metal treatments and primers during the paint refinishing stages. Did you know that the oil from your bare hands touching the metal can interfere with the primer quality?

2.     Drill all necessary holes before you begin the refinishing process. Remember to clean each hole of flakes to make sure there is no metal residue hanging around during the refinishing process. That would cause galvanic corrosion to occur.

3.     Clean welds thoroughly and apply corrosion protection or primers according to the paint makers recommendations.

4.     It is critical that there is no water in the air supply when spraying, so be sure to check your filters often for moisture.

5.     Make sure there is no moisture surrounding the vehicle before refinishing. We know it sounds basic but read the instructions for every step in the process to ensure a corrosion free outcome!

Each vehicle manufacturer sends out what is called a TSB, which stands for “technical service bulletin”. This booklet explains to the technician how to make each repair, in great detail. TSB’s explain to a technician every single step required in order to replicate the factory construction process. Cline Collision Center follows each of the booklets to a “T” to ensure you’re getting factory specified repair completed.

Cline Collision Center is a 5-star auto body facility located in Santa Rosa, CA. We offer auto body collision repair, auto body refinishing, frame straightening, bumper repair, car painting, dent removal, dent repair, and are excited to offer a free detail with every repair. When you choose Cline Collison Center it will be like bringing home a brand-new car again. See you soon!

References: 

https://rts.i-car.com/collision-rpair-news/back-to-basics-corrosion.html

Why Spies Hecker Paint is the Best Choice

Why Spies Hecker Paint is the Best ChoiceSpies Hecker may or may not be a name you’re familiar with, but we certainly are. In the collision repair industry, we work with Spies Hecker paints and refinishing products regularly as part of our repair and restoration process. It’s an old brand, with a history dating back more than 130 years, back to the days when they were painting coaches rather than cars. We trust them to put out high-quality and innovative products that do right by our customers.

What brought us to that position? It’s pretty simple, really – they’re a great company that makes a great product. More than that, though, the product works. They put extensive focus on technology, incorporating it into how they invent, produce, and ship their products. They do much more than simple paint. They also create primer, base coat, UV-curing, clear coat, and much more. It’s everything we need to make your car look its best again.

They also produce a range of tools to help us do our job better, from the Quantum EFX Spectrophotometer for measuring color to their extensive color formula online search, we’re able to quickly and easily match your exact paint color for a flawless finish. It makes our job easier, certainly, but more importantly, it helps us provide the best possible service for our customers so that their vehicle looks as good as new when they get it back after a collision.

Paint-matching is as much a science as it is an art, so any help we can get to ensure we do it well is well worth it in our opinion. With the help of their primers and surfacers, we’re not only able to exactly match your paint color, we’re also able to use a high-quality base that makes it sit just right, dry quickly, and sand well. It’s also approved by multiple car manufacturers for use with OEM parts, which is no small feat.

We love Spies Hecker paint tools, primers, surfacers, and clear coats. When we work with their products, we know we’re working with the best. Now you do, too. Have questions? We’ll be happy to answer. Cline Collision repairs most major makes and models of car and truck, whether you need dent removal or extensive body work. We also include refinishing with our services so your car looks like you drove it fresh off the lot for a second time.

What Are the Benefits of Electric vs Hybrid Vehicles?

You’re trying to decide whether you should buy an electric or hybrid vehicle – congratulations! You’re taking a step toward the future. As we move away from gasoline engines and toward a more sustainable fuel or power source for our cars and trucks, we’re getting that much closer to reducing our negative impact on our air, our environment, and our planet. It’s a big step. But now comes the bigger question: which greener vehicle do you choose and why?

What Are the Benefits of Electric vs Hybrid Vehicles?

First, let’s review the difference between an electric vehicle and a hybrid vehicle.

Electric vehicles, or EVs, are powered by electricity alone. That electricity can be generated in a number of ways depending on the type of vehicle, from solar panels to batteries holding a charge. Many vehicles run on electric power, including trains and buses, but for our purposes, we’re discussing personal vehicles like cars and trucks.

Hybrid vehicles use combined engines that can run on both gasoline (or ethanol) and electricity. They are a marriage between traditional combustion engines and newer electric vehicles. There are different types of hybrids – some generate their own power by charging the battery through the internal combustion engine and regenerative braking, while others are “plug-in” vehicles, which means they charge more like a typical electric car by using a charging station.

What are the pros and cons of an electric car?

These days with the push for alternate energy and greener solutions, there are a lot of rebates and incentives for owning an electric vehicle. Electric cars offer a lot more simplicity than their combustion engine counterparts – their engines are more streamlined and don’t have nearly as many moving parts. This makes repairs and service relatively straightforward. Not a lot of surprises there. They release no emissions, which eliminates the need for emissions testing, and electricity is a more affordable option than gasoline when you crunch the numbers. They also operate very quietly – no rumbling engine to worry about.

On the con side, electric vehicles require a higher upfront cost and a significant amount of time to charge. There’s a limited range to a full battery charge and far less accessibility when it comes to recharging your car – charging stations remain much more difficult to find than gas stations. If you don’t have access to a proper charging outlet at your home, charging there can be a problem.

What are the pros and cons of a hybrid car?

There are different types of hybrid vehicles, but we’ll be focusing mainly on a “parallel” hybrid, which is what most people think of when they think of these cars. The advantage here is that you get excellent fuel efficiency and save on gas costs thanks to an electric engine that doesn’t require you to rely solely on your combustion engine. For traveling longer distances, these cars are ideal because you can switch over to the internal combustion engine and find gas more easily. It’s a great compromise between cost and alternative energy.

However, they are more expensive than a standard ICE vehicle and typically have lower power output. The ICE still leaves the issue of emissions. While lesser, they are still a concern, as is emissions testing.

What do you think? Which sort of vehicle feels right for you?

Insurance Steering is Illegal: You Choose Your Auto Repair Shop

In California, anti-steering regulations were passed in 2016 to ensure that insurance companies could not illegally steer consumers toward specific auto repair shops if they required auto work. The regulations prohibit insurers from statements that are misleading or deceptive with the intent of directing patrons toward a specific auto repair facility. In the past, there was a tendency to make deals with specific repair facilities to both the facility and the insurance company’s mutual benefit, so insurers directed consumers to these “approved” repair shops. Now, with the new regulations in place, it’s illegal for them to do so. Insurance Steering is Illegal: You Choose Your Auto Repair Shop

The reality is that the consumer always has the right to choose their own auto repair shop when they need repairs after an accident, collision, or breakdown. It’s very possible that your insurance company may make “suggestions” or “recommendations” for where they think you should go, but they are in no way able to undermine or change their coverage based on which shop you decide to use. You may review their list and find a repair shop you like on there, or you may not. If you have your own preferred shop, you can have your repair work done there even if it’s not a “recommended” shop from your insurance provider. If you’re receiving pushback from your provider, it’s worth double-checking your rights to ensure that they’re not breaking the law by misleading you into doing what they want you to do.

In addition to the laws stipulating that insurance providers can’t be untruthful about your rights to choose your shop, they also support existing laws that say an insurance provider can’t force you to go to a specific shop and that you always have your right to choose. The stipulations also include reasonable timeframes for inspection of your damaged car and distance regulations so that they can’t use other underhanded tactics to shepherd you into a shop of their choosing. The regulations also complement the Auto Collision Repair Labor Rate Survey regulations, which ensure that you’re not overpaying or paying out of pocket for collision repairs to your vehicle.

Accidents and car repairs are already stressful enough. There’s no reason to add to that stress by feeling forced to go to an auto repair shop you didn’t choose yourself. At Cline Collision, we do everything we can to make things less strenuous for you, from helping you fill out and file your insurance paperwork to giving you online access to check the status of your vehicle. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Ford Aluminum Body Repair

Did you know that aluminum is more expensive than steel, and has typically been used for high-end vehicles like the Acura NSX, BMW i8, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Jaguar XJ, Tesla Model S 60, and other luxury cars? In 2015, Ford began making the Ford F-150 with a primarily aluminum body. As the best-selling car in the United States, this signified a significant shift in automotive trends. We predict many American car brands will follow suit in the near future. How do you know you’re trusting your Ford to a great auto body shop? Are they Ford Aluminum Certified? We are! Here’s a few of the aluminum repair requirements put out by Ford to becoming certified. Ford Aluminum Body Repair

SHOPS MUST:

1. Have a work separation system that isolates aluminum vehicles from vehicles undergoing steel repairs – separation can be a separate room or curtain system

2. Have a designated set of hand/special tools specifically for aluminum vehicles to prevent from cross contamination with steel body vehicles. The inventory must contain all required hand tools per Ford F-150 Collision Repair Program

3. Utilize a 220v Pulse MIG welder specifically for aluminum vehicles

4. Utilize a dent extraction system specifically designed for aluminum that contains an aluminum stud welder, heat gun, pyrometer, aluminum hammers and dent extraction system

5. A specialized aluminum SPR (Self Piercing Rivet) gun approved by the Ford Paint and Body Technical Center – currently only the Chief, Henrob and Pro Spot SPR riveters are approved

6. An Immersion-Type, Wet Mix dust extraction system or pneumatic (air operated) vacuum system dedicated to aluminum dust – The system can be portable or centrally installed system

7. I-CAR® FOR06 – 2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair Training Course

8. I-CAR® WCA03 – Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding Certification

9. I-CAR® FO007E01 – 2018 Expedition & Navigator Aluminum Body Repair (2 technicians must complete – web-based)

 

For more generalized technical repair capability, here’s what Ford lists as their requirements for certification:

SHOPS MUST:

1. Meet I-CAR® Gold Class® or equivalent with proof of ongoing technical training (assessment required)

2. Subscribe to current OEM repair procedures and have the ability to provide documented proof of compliance

3. Utilize a frame rack or dedicated/universal fixture bench, with appropriate vehicle anchoring and pulling capabilities

4. Utilize an electronic three-dimensional vehicle measuring system

5. Maintain a current data subscription for the measuring system being utilized

6. Provide proof of technical training to operate the measuring system being utilized

7. Utilize an R134a refrigerant recovery/recycling system or proof of a qualified sublet provider

8. Have the ability to conduct and verify four-wheel alignment either in-house or through a sublet provider

9. Have the ability to remove, replace and reinstall steering and suspension components, as well as engine and drive train units

10. Have the ability to perform pre- and post-repair vehicle diagnostic scans and proof of calibrations

11. Have a spray booth with forced drying capabilities

12. Utilize an OEM approved refinishing system

13. Provide proof of product training for the refinishing system being utilized

14. Have an above ground lift with a lift capability of at least 7,000 lbs

15. Utilize pressure-feed, anti-corrosion compound and application equipment

16. Have a documented Quality Assurance/Quality Control system

As you can see, there is quite a lot that goes into being a certified Ford Aluminum Repair Shop. Trust the pros at Cline Collision Center for all of your aluminum repair needs. Schedule an appointment today!

How To Fix A Dent In Aluminum

In the past, aluminum body panels were only found on European vehicles. Now that there’s a large scale of aluminum on the Ford F-150, other car brands will likely take onto this new style as well. Unlike steel, that remembers its original position, aluminum does not. It needs to be reformed, which can take more time, but it is well worth the wait. To repair and pull the damaged area, the panel must be heated to 400°F to allow the metal to soften. Aluminum dissipates heat very quickly but can become permanently changed if heated past a certain point, and that point is approximately 750°F. The heated panel can now be pulled and while pulling the material it is being work hardened to set the new memory of the collision repair.

How To Fix A Dent In Aluminum

Repairing aluminum dents also requires a special tool set. This is a major reason in itself to only trust your vehicle to the experts of a certified aluminum body shop like Cline Collision Center. If a body shop uses the same tools on aluminum that they use on steel, they can cause further damage to the aluminum than when the vehicle first showed up at the shop. One mistake can damage the panel beyond repair. Trust the pros at Cline Collision Center. Don’t take it from us, here’s one of our 5-star customer reviews from Alicia G on yelp.

“There are many places in the area to take your car after an accident, I’m glad I took mine to the right place. Not only did Cline Collision Center make my car look brand new again, but Joe was professional and helpful throughout the process of my auto repairs. They sent me text messages containing the progress of my vehicle, and even encouraged me to come visit my car whenever I’d like. I hope I don’t need their services again anytime soon, but if I do I know I won’t be disappointed”!

Here’s another fabulous review from Katherine G. on Yelp:

“I can’t say enough about my experience at Cline! I did my homework beforehand by getting estimates from 3 other Santa Rosa shops, and Cline was the most personable and reasonable. The shop is clean, professional and welcoming Joe spent ample time with me and answered all of my questions and concerns. I felt like I was the most important customer on the docket! I was kept informed every step of the way, and when I picked up my car, it took my breath away! I highly recommend Cline Collision Center”.

Don’t wait! Give Cline Collision Center a call today to schedule an appointment . We’ll have your vehicle looking spectacular in no time, with our professional and certified aluminum body repair technicians.

Aluminum Body Repair Cost

On average, aluminum body repair costs more than steel body repair. However, don’t panic! There are a few common reasons why. For starters, shops like Cline Collision Repair have loads more training, and access to professional resources to stay up to date with the latest changes and advancements in the aluminum body repair industry. As a certified shop, it is a lot easier to get what we need, and we already have the specialty tools and training necessary to get the job done. This makes the work cheaper for you. If you were to bring your vehicle into another shop that is not certified, brace yourself for sticker shock. They likely do not do the repairs as often and must search out additional training for your job specifically. This can make your costs skyrocket. Working with aluminum is not any more difficult of a task than working with steel, it is just different. Now that the Ford F-150 is aluminum bodied, other body shops should be catching up with these changes. After all, it is consistently the USA’s most popular pickup truck every year. The cost will be less for aluminum body repair when you choose a professional certified shop like Cline Collision Center. Don’t be tempted by a low estimate of a shop that is not certified. This can back fire and cost you significantly more than before.

Aluminum Body Repair Cost

Take it from one of our customers, John M., who left us this 5-star review on yelp:

“There are a lot of body shops to choose from on Piner Road, but Cline is a cut above the rest.  The shop is always immaculately clean, the service writers and the repair techs are courteous and professional and the level of attention they pay to detail here is impressive.

I had the front bumper nearly to torn off of my Chrysler, and they had me in and out in 30 minutes and on the road after clipping it back in place.  100% recommend these guys for any collision or incidental damage repairs; they are the real deal”.

Or another from our happy customer Anthony M.

“My car, a 2014 Kia Optiama, was at Cline for both front end and rear end damage (Totaling about $9,000). Dealing with Joe for the quote process was painless. No appointment, I just dropped in, it took 12 minutes’ tops. Cline dealt with the insurance company, had enterprise pick me up… It couldn’t have gone smoother. I loved that they use the CarWise.com service so I can login online and check the status of my repair and even get text/email updates. Pickup was delayed by a few days due to a wrong part, but it was over a holiday weekend and I was out of town anyway so it worked. When I picked up the car yesterday I was shocked. It looked brand new, the paint match was impeccable, the bumper/lights/panels all lined up evenly and snugly and the cheery on top was a full seemingly professional wash and detail (It was cleaner than when I drove it off the dealer’s lot brand new) 10/10. If you’re reading this after an accident thinking about taking your car here, do yourself a favor and just do it, you won’t regret it”.

Nobody wants to be involved in a collision, but if that day arises, Cline Collision Center is the body shop you’ve been looking for.