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Surviving Rush Hour in Chicago

With a population of well over 2 million people, it should come as no surprise that the city of Chicago is frequently filled with heavy traffic. According to a traffic study conducted by the mobility research firm INRIX in 2019, Chicago has the second-worst traffic congestion in the entire U.S. And if you’re a Chicago resident looking to get around town quickly, avoiding busy roads can be paramount.

When is rush hour in Chicago?

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Can I Drive My Damaged Car After a Collision?

Unsurprisingly, the first thing many drivers involved in an accident want to do is head home. However, getting home may not be easy - especially if your car has been significantly damaged.

Although you may think your car is safe to drive, it may have received more damage than you think. Even if the car moves, it may have been damaged to a point that can be dangerous to yourself or others on the road.

Before getting in your car and driving away from the scene, it’s important to inspect the car for damages to determine if it is safe or even legal to drive. Luckily, there are some basic areas and parts of your car you can check before deciding to call a tow truck and taking your...

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Avoiding A Collision in Chicago Snowstorms

Many long-time Chicago residents may be familiar with Winter Storm of 1967. This weather event has been considered the worst snowstorm on record and left the city streets and expressways filled with more than 6 feet of snow and thousands of abandoned vehicles in the roadways.

Located in northwestern Illinois against the banks of Lake Michigan, the greater Chicago area is no stranger to snowy weather during winter months. And when the weather turns, Chicago drivers are often forced to drive in less-than-ideal driving conditions.

From freezing temperatures to reduced visibility, there is a variety of driving hazards that may appear during snow and ice...

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How to Finance Collision Repair

As a vehicle owner, you cannot escape the reality that, at some point, your car, SUV or truck will need to be repaired. According to an AAA survey, general car maintenance and repairs cost around $1,200 every year, and that’s just for regular wear-and-tear. That’s not counting the unplanned costs that follow an accident or collision.

According to Statista, the average auto collision claim for physical damage amounted to $3,425 in 2017. Whether you are paying an insurance deductible or an entire repair out-of-pocket, an unexpected repair bill can really put a dent in your finances.

Depending on the extent of the damage, your car may be undrivable until it is repaired, and if your vehicle is your only mode of...

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The "Language" of Collision Repair

Just like any other industry, the auto body repair industry has its own language! Plenty of drivers do not understand the words used by their auto body repair shop while they are going through the repair process. With that in mind, here is a list of some of the most common terms heard in an auto body repair shop to give you a little more understanding when you find your vehicle in need of collision repair. 

Aftermarket Parts

One of the most common terms you hear in an auto body repair shop is aftermarket parts. This refers to any auto part which was not manufactured by the original manufacturer of your vehicle. The price and quality of aftermarket parts can vary a tremendous amount, and they are not always the best...

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