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AUTOMOTIVE REFINISHING TECHNOLOGY
Posted on: Monday, February 16th, 2015  In: Blog, County Line Auto Body, Paintshop  |  No Comments »

A new frontier in automotive refinishing is upon us, and never has this been more evident then this past week at the Chicago Auto Show. Apparently, Nissan is attempting to feel out the market in regard to new refinishing technology, two completely separate processes one of which repels grime, dirt, bird droppings, spills, etc…basically you name it. Whatever “it” may be isn’t going to stick to your car like it has in the past. Seems as if this coating might become a dealer option somewhere down the line. I find it quite intriguing. Watch what happens when they demonstrate with Hershey’s syrup. The zero emissions Leaf was already dubbed one of the world’s cleanest cars, and this video solidifies that title twice over “literally.”
Best described as, “Little umbrellas of air between the paint surface and the environment”
The product is called Ultra-Ever Dry by Ultratech International
After reading up on it, I have learned that this product is not designed for glass and WILL complicate visibility.

Of course, there is a prank video…Did you even have to ask?

Second in the brands quest to stand out among its competitors at the Auto Show was a Nissan Leaf sporting Starpath paint from Pro-Tech Surfacing, which isn’t going to be offered with the Leaf but none the less would still make it a crowd favorite, and it would debut here. This paint glows in the dark and is most likely going to begin a new trend. I would expect this refinishing process to become quite popular among the aftermarket enthusiasts worldwide in the near future.

Around The Shop January 2015
Posted on: Wednesday, January 28th, 2015  In: Blog, Bodywork, County Line Auto Body, Detailing, Domestic, Import, Mechanical, Paintshop, Racecar, Restoration  |  No Comments »

Here we are, it’s the first week of January 2015 (Happy New Year). A new year so once again, here’s to new beginnings. With so many things going on around the shop at all times it seems as if we never really get a chance to get caught up. That being said I have created my own personal new years resolution and that’s to begin to spend more time spreading the news, and sharing more information through the County Line Auto Body blog. Basically, slowing down a little bit to make sure our loyal clientele has the opportunity to see what is happening in and around the shop every now and then. I’m planning on dropping a monthly “Around The Shop” post because it isn’t often our client gets the opportunity to see the back end of the big show. More or less it’s where the magic happens, not that the front office isn’t important, but that’s only the first step of the process, and usually the only step that most people get to witness…well, along with picking up the final product which again puts you right back in the front office. I felt this was the best way to bring the shop to life, show you the inner workings and some of the toys we get to play with,  display some of the hard hit collision repairs that are being performed by our certified and experienced craftsman, as well as the minor repair work, show-off some of the incredible paintwork that our painters turn out on a daily basis, give a few of the employees some exposure that they so deserve but in most cases are overlooked in the grand scheme of day to day operations. Every single step during the collision repair process is just as important as the last or the next, and our staff are the ones who are responsible for each and every result. We take a lot of pride in our work, and also the condition of our facility, we are constantly evolving in order to keep up with new manufacturer certifications, and repair procedures! In 2015 there will be many positive changes in the way that we do business, and it will be shared via this blog. We hope that you find it interesting and informative. It has been my pleasure to do business with the thousands of people who have walked through the door of my office, and I hope to continue to do so for many years to come. It is an honor to show the public why we have adopted the hashtags #CLAB & #NotYourAverageBodyShop. I believe that as this blog evolves you will have a much better understanding as to what sets us aside from the ordinary & mundane.

Richard Gardella

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After 30 years, why is County Line now offering mechanical services
Posted on: Wednesday, January 16th, 2013  In: Blog, Uncategorized  |  No Comments »

One of the main reasons that County Line has begun to offer mechanical services is due to the demand requests from their current customers. We are asked day after day, where we recommend for oil changes, tires, alignments, and electrical repairs. A lot of people want to get their car maintenance done while their vehicle is getting collision repairs in an effort to cut down on time away from their vehicle.

In response to the requests and to make for a better customer experience, we now have opened our doors to all mechanical work.  This includes everything from oil changes to wheel alignments. We have two great mechanical techs on staff with two more techs on the horizon. One of the current techs is Eric O’Sullivan, a motor sports enthusiast and a professional drift driver.

To successfully provide this service we have placed a focus on equipment. Many mechanical shops you go to today are not investing into updated equipment, which can help with accurate diagnostics.  Between the new techs and the investment in updated equipment, there is no reason why County Line cannot also become one of the top mechanical shops in central Jersey. Truly making us a one-stop shop for our customers.

Our business is changing everyday and we look forward to continuing to serve Monmouth and Ocean counties.  Feel free to stop in or schedule an appointment online.

Relax while you wait – iPad Stations
Posted on: Friday, August 17th, 2012  In: Blog  |  No Comments »

Here at CLAB we know how frustrating and annoying an unexpected accident can be to you and your family.  We try to alleviate some of the stress by providing you with excellent customer service as soon as you walk in the door.  Waiting for an estimate or repairs?  Relax with an ipad in our comfortable waiting room.  Not so tech savvy?  Sit back and channel surf while you are waiting.  Too busy to stick around?  We offer AVIS rental cars right on our premises.  Or you can take advantage of our shuttle service, which will take you home and/or pick you up for your appointment.  Just because you were in an auto accident does not mean your life has to be put on hold.  Call CLAB and we will help you get your car (and life) back on track.

Gift Cards and Financing
Posted on: Friday, August 17th, 2012  In: Blog  |  No Comments »

Not only is an auto accident damaging to your vehicle and busy lifestyle but it can also be very damaging to your wallet!  Here at CLAB we would like to make the repairs as easy on your bank account as we possibly can.  That is why we are proud to offer financing from GE Capital.  If you need your vehicle fixed ASAP but cannot afford it, then financing might be the best option for you.  With 0% APR for the first 6 months, you can get your repairs completed and your life back on track.  We also offer gift cards, which make paying a high deductible a little easier.  Gift cards are also a great present for teenagers, who can use them for mechanical and detailing services.  Stop in anytime to pick up a gift card for any amount or to inquire about our financing program.

 

Foggy Headlights?
Posted on: Friday, August 17th, 2012  In: Blog  |  No Comments »

Are your headlights so cloudy that it reduces your vision at night?  Are they an eye-sore on your otherwise well-maintained car?  If so, stop by County Line Auto Body to check out a new headlamp restoration service being offered.  Chances are, we can make them look brand new once again!  Call us at 732 363 5904 to set up your appointment.

 

Important Steps to Take After an Accident
Posted on: Friday, August 17th, 2012  In: Blog  |  No Comments »

You probably don’t want to think about being in an accident.  After all, each of us thinks that he/she is the world’s safest driver!  But according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, in 2004 there were an estimated 6.1 million motor vehicle crashes, and many of those drivers never believed it would happen to them either!!

So, even with your excellent skills, it’s still possible that some driver is going to be talking on his cell phone, fiddling with the radio or eating her lunch and will rear-end your vehicle.  You hear the crunch of metal and the shattering of glass and plastic.  What should you do next?  Follow these simple steps to help relieve the anxiety of such a stressful, unexpected situation.

I’m OK, You’re OK

First things first: check for injuries.  Ask your passengers if they have been hurt and check to see if anyone in the other vehicle(s) has been injured.  Do not try to move anyone who has been injured.  Contact the police and/or emergency services immediately.

Stay Safe

If it is a minor accident and the car is driveable, you should move the cars to the side of the road and out of the way of any traffic.  Safely move your car to a secure location and then you can deal with the other matters.  Leaving cars in the middle of the road or a busy intersection can result in additional accidents and injuries.  If a car cannot be driven, driver and passengers should remain in the vehicle with seatbelts fastened until help arrives.  Make sure you turn on your hazard lights and if possible, set out cones, flares or warning triangles.

It’s a good idea to carry an accident kit in your car.  It should include a cell phone, as well as pen and paper for taking notes, a disposable camera to take photos of the vehicles at the scene, and a card with info about allergies or medical conditions that may require special attention.  Also, keep a list of your contact numbers—your spouse or other relatives—handy for the police.  A set of cones, warning triangles, or emergency flares are also a good idea to have on hand.

Get the Facts

After the accident, talk with each driver and exchange the following information:  name, address, phone number, license plate number, insurance company, policy number, and driver’s license numbers for both the driver and the owner, if they’re not the same person.  If the driver’s name is different from the name of the insured, establish their relationship and write down the name and address of each person.