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WATCH OUT FOR BLACK ICE THIS WINTER!
December 2017

Minnesota weather is quirky and unpredictable.

But in the winter, there area few things that we should know to expect: freezing cold temperatures, fresh blankets of snow, and that dreaded black ice.

Black ice is one of the more unfortunate and dangerous byproducts of our cold weather climate here in the Stillwater area. The worst part about black ice is that it’s largely unavoidable — unless you plan on staying off the roads completely this winter.

At Hassis Paintworks, we have you covered if you’re in need of auto body collision repair after a run-in or accident caused by black ice. But more importantly, we want to be here to give you a few safety tips to help you properly spot and navigate black ice safely.

Here are a few things to keep in mind while driving on the Minnesota and Wisconsin highways this winter.

What Is Black Ice?
Black ice is ice that forms without many air bubbles inside. Black ice commonly occurs on roads due to moisture from car exhaust at sub zero temperatures or from when temperatures are sitting right around freezing. Black ice can accumulate when the ground temperature is so cold that rain, sleet, or snow freezes immediately upon contact. Or when wet snow thaws and refreezes overnight before it has a chance to evaporate.

Black ice is transparent, as it takes on the color of whatever surface it forms on, which is usually pavement. Hence the name “Black Ice”. This is the reason that black ice is so dangerous, because that clear sheet of ice is almost impossible to identify when driving.

However, this dangerous road hazard is anything but normal; it is slippery, often unavoidable, and can ruin your travel plans in a hurry.

Spotting Black Ice
Black ice can be a tricky thing to spot, largely because the road usually appears as if it were normal or possibly just wet. Of course, black ice doesn’t occur on the roads every time it snows. It doesn’t have to snow at all! This is what makes it hard to detect.

However, by using the thermometer in your car (if you have one), you can properly gauge the outside temperature to know if there is a risk for black ice. If the temperatures are below freezing and there is precipitation on the ground, then chances are you’re going to want to drive a little bit slower and be more aware of your surroundings. Also, if you are in an area where there may be traffic congestion and the temperatures are sub zero, this is also an indication that black ice may be present.

In Minnesota and Wisconsin, the department of transportation will sometimes attempt to neutralize black ice on roads by pouring salt or sand, so this is another thing to look out for during the winter. Even if you see an abundance of sand/salt on the roads, it’s best to be cautious. Remember that road salt is not as effective at sub zero temperatures.

Tips For Driving On Black Ice
Driving on black ice can be a tricky and dangerous thing.

However, by following a few of these tips from Hassis Paintworks, you can possibly avoid some of the dangers and hazards associated, and possibly even save yourself a trip to your local auto body collision repair shop.

Our top tips for driving on black ice include:

If you do encounter an accident as a result of black ice this winter, don’t let it beat you up. Come into Hassis Paintworks for the best auto body collision repair in Stillwater and we’ll get you all taken care of!

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WHY DO I NEED AN ADJUSTER TO LOOK AT MY CAR? DO I NEED TO GO TO A SPECIFIC SHOP FOR REPAIRS?
November 2017

Having damage to your vehicle or boat after an accident, hail storm, or other incident can leave you grasping for answers and searching desperately for quick and cost-effective repairs.

Likely, the first thing you’ll be wondering is whether or not your repairs will be covered by your insurance. Well, if that is the route you choose to pursue there are a few things you need to understand about the process.

First, your insurance company will likely refer you to one of their preferred adjusters in order to assess the damages and the costs for both parties. But you may be asking yourself, “Why do I need an adjuster/ What do they even do?”

Well, having an insurance claims adjuster look at your vehicle is a necessary process in order to help the insurance company, whether it’s your own or that of the person at fault, to determine the extent of the damages.

You likely won’t have the choice of choosing from an adjuster of your own, and that’s because it’s supposed to be an objective practice which will allow the adjuster to inspect and ensure that nobody is paying for damages from a previous incident.

Therefore, the claims adjuster will go through and inspect the vehicle for rust, previous repair attempts, or other signs to ensure you are only being compensated for the accident in question.

However, there’s a good chance that the insurance company’s adjuster will try to give you the least possible amount for your damages. You may be able to negotiate or counter their initial valuation, if you have a convincing reason. That’s where having an estimate from a trusted auto body collision repair shop is a key factor. Which brings us to our next point.

Choose Your Own Shop

After your adjustment is finished, your insurance company will probably refer you to have your auto body repair work done at a preferred shop.

But wait.

Before you head to the shop that they recommend, take the time to shop around a little bit. While they may have their own preferred shops that they recommend, it is not a requirement for you to take your car into them. They may have special deals worked out with certain shops, but that does not mean that you have to abide by their preferences. Instead, you can and should take your car into an auto body collision repair center that you know and trust.

When it comes to auto body collision repair in Stillwater and the rest of the East Metro area, there’s only one name that you can trust to handle all of your needs: Hassis Paintworks.
Whether we’re on your insurance company’s preferred list or not, we will work with you and the insurance company to ensure that all repairs are accounted for, at a price that is fair to you, and we’ll make sure the job is completed in a timely manner.

Plus, if we find any additional damage or work that needs to be done throughout the process, we’ll take care of submitting those claims into the insurance company ourselves, so that you don’t have to deal with the hassle.

When it comes to auto body collision repair in Stillwater, there’s no better place than Hassis Paintworks. Contact us today for an estimate.

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FALL IS HERE - LOOK OUT FOR DEER!
October 2017

In Minnesota and Wisconsin, the risk of automobile collisions with deer tends to increase during these fall months. In fact, according to a StarTribune article from October 2016, there were 2,141 accidents involving deer and automobiles throughoutDeer Hit Minnesota in 2015 – 82 of which were right here in Washington County.

At Hassis Paintworks, we want to make sure you are safe, first and foremost. Which is why we want to warn you to be wary of deer this fall season. There are many reasons why they are more prevalent during the fall, the most common one being that they are on the move to warmer pastures before winter hits. Plus, there is such a large population of deer in general throughout the state, that there’s a good chance you will encounter one along the road at some point or another, whether you’re in the rural outskirts or even right near the metro areas.

So, if you’re on the road this fall season, be sure that you’re fully alert, not distracted, and you keep your eyes open for potential hazards including deer crossing the road.

However, if you do happen to be one of the licensed motorists who comes into contact with a deer, don’t fret. You may think the damage to your car is too extensive to be fixed, especially at a cost that is reasonable. But you may have another option.

At Hassis Paintworks, we specialize in car collision repair of all types, whether it’s minor dents and dings or a full on front bumper collision. If you hit a deer this fall, contact Hassis Paintworks for an estimate in order to fully understand the extent of your damage, as well as what our experienced technicians can do to restore the look and functionality of your vehicle.

We are a full-service, one-stop-shop for all types of car collision repairs, from damage to your doors to a broken or shattered windshield. If you collided with a deer, chances are you’ll need one or more of our reliable services to help get you back on the road safely and quickly.

Whether it’s a small cosmetic repair or a full-on large structural collision repair, we can do the job -- and we will do it right. Rather than outsourcing or subcontracting our collision repair jobs, we opt to handle them all in-house with skilled, experienced, and attentive auto body technicians.

Among our bevy of services offered at Hassis Paintworks are:

Glass Replacement
Structural Car Collision Repair
Paintless Dent Repair
Color Matching
Detailing and More!

Hassis Paintworks will work with insurance companies to help minimize the cost to you after such a traumatic, and potentially damaging, auto collision.

It’s important to note that during the months of October, November, and December, the deer in Minnesota will be the most active as the herd migrates. So, be on the lookout this fall and winter season, and contact Hassis Paintworks today if you are in need of experienced car collision repair in the East Metro area.

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