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Safety Tips for a Fun 4th of July Weekend

Due to COVID-19, many cities and towns in West Michigan are not lighting off fireworks. For example, Kollen Park in Holland postponed their firework show on June 17, 2020.

Other west Michigan cancellations include:

Baroda Township fireworks

St. Joseph fireworks

Marshall Fourth of July Celebration

Ionia fireworks

Schoolcraft Fourth of July parade and fireworks

Ada Township Fourth of July events

Cascade Township Fourth of July Festivities

Grand Rapids fireworks

Lakewood Club fireworks

Montague/Whitehall fireworks

Muskegon Rockstock fireworks

Hesperia Family Fun Fest and fireworks

Pentwater fireworks

Grand Haven fireworks

South Haven fireworks

Manistee National Forest Festival

Hamlin Lake fireworks

Ludington’s Freedom Festival

W. MI Fourth of July events: What’s on and gone for 2020

 

However, it is important to mention areas where the fireworks are still taking place!

  1. July 3; 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM FireRock Fireworks in Caledonia
  2. July 3; Green Lake Boat Parade and Fireworks in Caledonia
  3. July 4; 10:30 PM – dusk Dorr’s 4th of July Celebration: Parade and Fireworks
  4. July 4; 10:45 PM Camp Lake Association Fireworks and Boat Parade
  5. July 4; Caledonia Township Fireworks
  6. July 4, Allendale 4th of July Fireworks
  7. July 4, Silver Lake Fireworks: Thunder over the Dunes

Check out any of these seven places to catch the fireworks. However, if you chose to stay home and light off your own fireworks, it is important to remember a few important tips on having a safe and fun Fourth of July, according to FEMA.

Remember, in Michigan, it is illegal to light fireworks on public property, such as schools, churches, or the property of another person without permission.  Those who violate this law can be subject to a $500.00 fine.  Fireworks are permitted from June 29 at 11:00 AM until July 4th at 11:45 PM. Those who violate the ordinance created by a community will receive a fine of $1,000.00 fine.

  1. Be sure all fireworks at legal in your area before using or buying them.
  2. Always have  an adult supervision. Fireworks are dangerous so never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers alone account for 1/4 of the emergency room firework injuries.
  3. If you set off fireworks, have a bucket of water handing in case malfunction.
  4. If a firework malfunctions, don’t relight it! Douse it in water then throw it away.
  5. Never ignite a firework in a container, especially glass or metal.
  6. When cooking on your grill for all guests, keep it away from deck railings and your home. Away from branches and overhangs.
  7. Open your gas grill before lighting.
  8. Periodically, remove grease or build up from the trays of the grill to prevent the grill from catching fire.
  9. Keep pets at least three feet away from the grill. Create a “pet free safe zone”.
  10. Avoid wearing loose clothing while igniting fireworks and cooking on a grill.

Now some of these may be no-brainers but they are equally as important to remember. We hope everyone has a fantastic holiday weekend with friends and family.

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/05/14/faq-michigan-fireworks-laws-memorial-day/3665537002/

What now?

 

There are over 6 million accidents each year in the United States.  Most involve property damage (damage to vehicles) instead of occupants, fortunately!   However, one in three accidents in

 

volve personal injury  to the occupants of the vehicles.  After you’ve been involve in an accident there are important steps to take to protect yourself and your interests.

Below is a list of the top  9 things to do after being involved in an accident.
  1. Stop! Never drive away from the scene of an accident. Even if you think it is minor.
  2. Protect the scene.  If you have access to flares, set them up to reduce the chances of further damage by other vehicles or turn your flashers on to warn the other drivers on the road.
  3. Call the Police. Whether there are serious injuries or not, it is a good idea to call the police. You may need a police report to file a claim for damage to the vehicle.
  4. Make an accurate record. Be sure to tell the investigating officer exactly what happened. If you are having a hard time recalling specific events, tell the officer. Do not speculate or assume. If the officer asks if you are injured and you’re not sure, say that as injuries can take up to a few hours to appear due to the adrenaline  from the accident.
  5. Take pictures. Take your own pictures of the accident scene. This can be done on you phone camera. In no way should you interfere with the on-going police investigation of the vehicles. If you have visible injuries, photograph those as well.
  6. Exchange information. Exchange information with the other party in the accident. Usually the investigating officer will do this but in case they have not arrived or they do not, make sure to do this on your own.  Obtain the name, address, telephone number, and insurance information. In the case that there are witnesses at the scene, try getting their information as well.
  7. Report the accident.  Report the accident to your insurance company.  Some insurance companies require immediate reporting. Plus, once you report the accident they can begin filing the claim  to make it easier when you get an estimate for the damage to the vehicle.
  8. Seek medical attention. Although most report not feeling pain until two to three days after the accident, it is important to see your physician or visit the emergency room. Even in minor accidents, you could suffer from damage.
  9. Keep a file. Keep the photos you took of the damage, your injuries, and statements made to officers. You will also want to keep the claim number, adjusters name and phone number, and names and phone numbers of all other contacts during your accident and claim process together.

We know the reality of accidents and how stressful they can be. Following and obtaining the information listed will help ease the process from beginning to end.

Protecting the interior integrity of your vehicle from the sun

We have all been in a vehicle that looks like the interior has gotten dull because of the sun wearing it down.  It is very common  for vehicles to get this way if the vehicle is left in direct sunlight. The sun bakes the interior creating it to dry out, crack, and become dull in color.

There are multiple ways to protect the integrity of the interior of your vehicle from sun damage.  The easiest, no brainer tip is to park in the shade. Parking in the shade protects the interior of the vehicle from reaching extreme heat temperatures, protects the exterior finish of the vehicle, as well as the engine.  If it is safe to do so, crack your windows to help lower the interior temperature and equalize the air pressure.

Another easy way to protect your vehicle is using a windshield sun protector.  Not only does it protect your vehicle from the sun but it also helps keep it cooler. Some can be tricky to figure out but others can be rather simple! Try WeatherTech SunShade.  You can also wipe down your dash with a microfiber cloth. Dust and dirt can accumulate  on your dash creating tiny scratches that overtime can get worse due to sun exposure creating cracking and dryness. Wiping down your dash removes these dust and dirt particles. Using a low gloss detailing product can protect the surface and reduce the glare.

If you have leather seats, investing in seat covers will help keep the integrity much longer. The wear goes onto the seat cover instead of the leather seat itself. The seat covers protect the leather from the sun  leaving it looking newer longer. If you do not want to invest in seat covers, try a leather conditioner. The sun can do a number on them between the heat, dryness, cracking, and dust. Be sure to condition them regularly to keep them moisturized.

Key points when reading your body shop estimate 

 

We know reading a body shop estimate is tough and confusing for the average person. There are acronyms and words that you have probably never heard of before or do not matter to the vehicle owner.

If you came into our shop and are walking out  with an estimate in your hands; you have been affected by a collision of some sort. Depending on your body shop, the insurance company may need to write their own estimate. Fortunately, Auto Body Xperts works with all insurance companies to create the best and easiest experience for you.

In this article, we will explain what you should look for in your estimate and what they mean.

OEM–  Original Equipment Manufacturer. OEM parts are produced by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Tested, designed, and built specifically for your vehicle based on research and development from the manufacturer.

A/M–  Aftermarket. Aftermarket parts at made by ‘other than the original’ manufacturers. These parts must have a different variable to them or they would violate patent laws.

LKQ–  Like Kind Quality.  These parts are recycled and refurbished parts. Simply, used auto parts. Technically speaking LKQ parts are still OEM parts but are not brand new parts.

B% –  Betterment. Betterment is the percentage the insurance company is willing to pay, after deducting for wear and tear, or items that wear or depreciate.

The safety and integrity of your vehicle is just as, if not more, important to us as it is to you. Which is why we have estimators that are trained heavily in the skill they perform as well as technicians. We want to make sure that when you bring your vehicle to Auto Body Xperts you are getting the best care.

Resources:

LKQ Does Not Mean Aftermarket

LOTS of good things are happening here at Auto Body Xperts this month!

We have had many phone calls and text messages asking “When are you starting car washes again?!” We are happy to announce we are officially opening car washes and details starting June 15!   Be sure to call us starting June 15 to get scheduled for yours!

The month has already kicked off and we are well underway on our June promotion for Bob’s 50th Anniversary!  Every customer scheduled for collision repairs in the month of June will be entered to win 1 of 50 $50.00 gift cards to local businesses and restaurants. Every 50th customer to have their vehicle repaired will receive  a $150.00 visa gift card.  Plus, when customers drop off their vehicles for collision repairs they  will receive a donation card to local non-profit. Customers will be asked to fill out this card with their choice of who we donate $50.00 to on their behalf! We are very excited for this month and what we are offering to honor Bob and the community.

Schedule your vehicle in for collision repairs at any of our 4 locations!

Holland: (616) 393-9363

Zeeland: (616) 931-7140

Hudsonville: (616) 669-6692

Wayland: (269) 792-9408

June 16, 2020 is the date that originally was to be hosting our Hudsonville Car Show at Gemmen’s. Due to COVID-19, we have had to change that to  the Auto Body Xperts Car Cruise through the City of Hudsonville. We are very excited about this event. The car cruise is honoring first responders, the community, and local businesses!  Line up begins at 6:00 PM at the Pinnacle Center for those that are interested in driving in the cruise. The cruise will begin at 6:30 PM. If you live on the cruise route, we would love for you to decorate your houses or create signs for the cruise participants and first responders. The first 150 vehicles to join us in participating in the car cruise will receive a dash plaque!