• Bedford Hills: 914.242.4600
    Mount Vernon: 914.667.8000
    Bronxville: 914.961.6000
    Peekskill: 914-737-3159


  • Properly adjusted car mirrors can save your life!

    We hear it all the time from upset customers in our auto body shops: “I never even saw that car in my blind spot!”
     
    You need to be able to see where you’re going in order to get there safely. Too often people drive with poorly adjusted side and rear-view mirrors and don’t realize how dangerous this is when merging or changing lanes. They do a quick check of the mirror, make the turn, and crash into a car that was coming up behind them, hidden in their blind spot.
     
    You can avoid this situation by learning how to completely eliminate blind spots with properly adjusted car mirrors. This technique, referred to as “BGE” or Blind Spot Glare Elimination, is a  procedure endorsed by many driver safety organizations.
     
    Click below to watch a short YouTube video about the proper method for adjusting your mirrors.
    “BGE” or Blind Spot Glare Elimination – Used Properly Can Save Your Life
    Once you know how, it will take you 30 seconds to adjust your mirrors properly and possibly save a life. This is especially important when you’re using a car you don’t normally drive, such as a family member’s car or a rental car.
     
    We can help you with any questions you have about auto body repair or painting; don’t hesitate to call us or visit www.UltimateAutoBody.com
     
    Here are our local shop phone numbers:
    Bedford Hills: 914.242.4600
    Mount Vernon: 914.667.8000
    Bronxville:  914.961.6000
    Peekskill: 914.737.3159
     
    Remember, we are dedicated to giving you a proper repair, in a timely manner, at a reasonable price.
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    We help you save time- Stop by for photo inspection of your car

    We perform New York State required photo inspection services.
    In New York, you are required to get a photo inspection of your car if you are applying for new collision and comprehensive insurance coverage or if your existing company has informed you that you need this inspection.
    The good news is that you can get this inspection done at three of our locations at ZERO cost to you and the whole thing should take less than 15 minutes.
    The inspection is designed to document the physical condition of your car, its options and accessories.
    It’s actually beneficial to you because its purpose is to help reduce the cost of auto insurance by accurately documenting your car and thousands of others, thereby reducing the possibility of fraudulent claims.
    Call one of our shops today for a photo inspection appointment:
    Bedford Hills: 914.242.4600
    Mount Vernon: 914.667.8000
    Peekskill: 914.737.3159
    Please bring any documents that were provided to you by your broker or insurance company regarding the inspection.
     
    Note that in New York, you only have a 14-day grace period from when your collision and comprehensive coverage is activated to get the photo inspection done, so give us a call as soon as possible.
     
    If we can help you with any questions you have about auto body repair or painting, don’t hesitate to call us or visit: www.UltimateAutoBody.com
     
    Remember, we are dedicated to giving you a proper repair, in a timely manner, at a reasonable price.
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    Happy Holiday Season!

    We want to wish you a very happy holiday season!   We know it’s a stressful time, so we want to  help you with your checklist.  Stop in for a cup of coffee and a $10 car wash.  You can check “get the car washed” off of your list.

    Call one of our shops today for an car wash appointment:
    Bedford Hills: 914.242.4600

    Mount Vernon: 914.667.8000

    Bronxville: 914.961.6000

    Peekskill: 914-737-3159

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    Thank You!

    I would like to offer a heartfelt “thank you” to all our clients during this season of Thanksgiving! We truly appreciate your support and loyalty and we will help you take those extra steps to keep your car in excellent condition. Just stop in for our $10 hand car wash, sign up for our free birthday detailing or ask us to recommend a local mechanic. Whatever we can do for you or your family, we are here.

    As always, safety of my clients is my #1 priority.

    Our Shops:
    Bedford Hills: 914.242.4600
    Mount Vernon: 914.667.8000
    Bronxville: 914.961.6000
    Peekskill: 914-737-3159
     
    At Ultimate Auto Body, we are dedicated to completing a proper repair in a timely manner and at a reasonable price.
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    Safety First: Safety Tips for Fall Driving

    Along with beautifully colored autumn leaves, the Fall also brings changing road and weather conditions. Following our Fall Driving Safety Tips will keep you safe on the road:

    • Watch out for leaves. Leaves often cover up painted markings on roads making it difficult to see lane demarcations. Likewise, leaves can cover up potholes and bumps in the road making driving in unfamiliar areas particularly difficult. There is also the problem of drivers being forced to drive around leaf piles into oncoming lanes. Never drive through leaf piles as children have been known to play and hide in these piles. Avoid parking your car near leaf piles to prevent fires that could start from the catalytic converter. When leaves accumulate on roads and become wet, they can get extremely slippery. If temperatures drop below freezing, wet leaves freeze making driving conditions similar to driving on ice. Extra caution should be used on leaf-covered roadways.
    • As temperatures drop, frost often forms on the roadway, causing hazardous driving conditions. Drive slowly and brake gently at overpasses and bridges as these areas frost over more quickly than other road surfaces.
    • Stay alert now that the clocks are turned back. The end of daylight savings time means reduced visibility on the roads. Drivers should use additional caution and watch for pedestrians and cyclists.
    • Watch out for deer. Autumn brings an increase in deer activity since this is their breeding season. They are more likely to dart across roadways especially between sunset and sunrise. Slow down and use caution when one deer crosses a roadway. Since deer often travel in small herds, one deer is usually followed by others.
    • Avoid sun glare. Sun glare can be most problematic during sunrise and sunset which coincide with the morning and evening rush hours. The intense glare from the sun can blind a driver momentarily causing an unexpected traffic slowdown. Have a good pair of sunglasses readily available to counter daytime glare, and consider lenses with anti-reflective coating to reduce glare from headlights at night.
    • Prepare your car for fall weather. Check your tire pressure. With frequent weather and temperature changes, tires can expand and contract, causing them to lose air pressure. Consider coming in to Ultimate AutoBody to fill your tires with Nitrogen for better tire pressure retention and improve fuel economy. In any event, make sure tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread. Replace your windshield wiper blades if they show any signs of wear. Keep your headlights clean and make sure they are aligned.

    Enjoy the fall and stay safe on the road!

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    Safety First: New Features That Improve Car Safety

    Every year, vehicle manufacturers research, design and develop strategies to help make vehicles better-and safer. Take a look at five new vehicle safety features to consider when you’re in the market for a new car.

    1. Adaptive Headlights
    It can be difficult to see on dark, curved roads. This can increase the likelihood of a crash. Using information such as steering wheel movement and vehicle speed, adaptive headlights are able to pivot in the direction you’re traveling, helping you see the road ahead.

    2. Blind Spot Monitoring/Blind Spot Detection
    When you’re driving, vehicles behind or beside you are sometimes hidden in what’s called a “blind spot.” This can lead to an accident if you try to turn or change lanes. Blind spot monitoring systems visually alert you when a vehicle is traveling in your blind spot. Those alerts become brighter or louder if you signal to change lanes. Some systems even activate the brakes or steering controls to prevent a crash.
    3. Front Crash Prevention
    Front crash prevention systems use forward-facing sensors to monitor distance and relative speed between vehicles. If the system senses an impending crash, it will alert you with sound, visual cues or physical sensations such as a vibration of the steering wheel. If you don’t respond, some systems make adjustments to lessen the crash impact, or automatically brake the vehicle to prevent it.
    4. Lane Departure Prevention
    A lane departure system, which often uses a camera near the rearview mirror, keeps track of your vehicle’s position in a lane. Any movement to leave the lane unintentionally, including merging without signaling, creates an alert-a sound, steering wheel or seat vibration, and visual cues on the dashboard. Some systems also use light steering or braking to correct a lane departure.
    5. Park Assist and Backover Protection
    One or both of these systems may soon be required in most new vehicles. They help drivers avoid accidents when parking or reversing, using sensors in cameras to alert you of objects behind your vehicle. Some backover protection systems may automatically brake to avoid collisions.

    Remember: While all of these vehicle safety features are designed to help prevent a crash, they don’t replace safe driving. Always wear your seatbelt, avoid driving while distracted and pay attention to what other drivers are doing on the road.

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    Safety First: Self-driving cars? Don’t take your hands off the wheel just yet.

    We’re living in an amazing time of automotive innovation, from LED headlights to self-parking systems (where was that when I had to take my driving test?)
     
    Ever since General Motor’s Futurama Exhibit at the 1962 World’s Fair in Queens, the “holy grail” of automotive advancement has been the driverless car.  The promise was that someday you would be able to get in your car and then watch TV or even sleep as the car drove you to your destination, all by itself.
     
    That dream is being realized right now as driverless Google cars are being tested on public roads around the country and many car makers offer semi-autonomous steering systems found in models like the Acura TLX, Infiniti Q50, Subaru Legacy, Chrysler 200 and Tesla S.
     
    The dream turned into a nightmare recently for Joshua D. Brown, a 40-year old technology company owner from Canton, Ohio, who died in his Tesla Model S while driving with the “Autopilot” system activated.
    He was killed in Florida when the car’s Autopilot cameras failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer from a brightly lit sky and didn’t automatically activate the brakes.  Mr. Brown didn’t take control and brake, either, and there are some reports that he was watching a movie in the car at the time.
     
    In theory, automated cars will eliminate human errors that are responsible for an estimated 94 percent of traffic deaths.  With more than 35,000 people killed on the nation’s roads last year, the benefits could be huge. But here’s what I would like you to remember about these new driverless systems — you don’t want to be a guinea pig for the automakers until the technology has been proven for years and all the bugs have been ironed out.
     
    You may have collision avoidance or active braking systems in your car right now, but there’s still nothing more important than a driver with both hands on the wheel who is watching the road. Even cruise control, which has been in cars for years, isn’t fail safe.  For example, you don’t want to use cruise control during rain, snow, or ice as you could lose control if the system applies too much throttle and spins the tires. Auto-driving technology will certainly become safer as it matures.  Until then, it’s up to you to maintain control of your vehicle and stay safe!
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    Hydroplaning: A Hazard of Wet Roads

    It’s springtime at last! And while we know how hazardous the icy roads of winter can be, wet roads can create the potential for hydroplaning (or aquaplaning), which can be just as dangerous.

    When a layer of water comes between the rubber of your tires and the surface of the road, there is a loss of traction. This means your car may not respond to control inputs such as steering, braking or accelerating. If all four wheels are affected, your car will go out of control.

     

    The treads (or grooves) of your tires are designed to disperse water and provide friction even in wet conditions. However, when there is too much water for the capacity of the tire, hydroplaning will occur. The risk of hydroplaning increases with the depth of the standing water, and your specific tire type and their condition.

    Hydroplaning car

     

    Here are some rules of thumb to remember while driving on wet roads:

    1. Reduce your speed to maintain better control
    2. Keep your tires inflated. Under inflated tires reduce the effectiveness of the tread.
    3. Check your tires for tread depth. Half-worn treads will hydroplane about 3-4 MPH lower than full-tread tires.
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    Moving Yourself? Do It The Safe Way

    Sometimes it just makes sense to move furniture and belongings yourself, rather than hire a mover to do it.

    When carrying things on the roof of your car, there are some basics to remember. A poorly secured load can mean lost belongings, present grave danger to other drivers and is also a ticketable offense in many places. A few simple precautions can assure that you and all your belongings arrive intact.

    If you’re tying stuff to the roof, your vehicle is possibly overloaded which may cause the center of gravity to shift and change the way the car handles. You may be using improvised racks and tie-downs as well, so take it easy on the road, particularly on turns, and pay close attention to the speed limit. It’s a good idea to stay out of the left lane on highways.

    Cargo on the roof should be secured extremely well to the roof of the car, preferably on a roof rack. You should be able to actually rock the car when you push on the cargo you’ve tied onto the car. If your cargo moves around on the car it needs to be secured better. Stop after the first fifteen minutes of driving and check your load again; most tie-downs will stretch and loads will settle. Give the tie-downs a couple of tugs every stop to make sure everything is still tight.

    Bungee cords should not be used to tie down loads on the roof. The very elasticity that makes them so convenient also allows loads to shift. They are handy to keep bike wheels from spinning or to secure a flapping edge of a tarp, but they shouldn’t be used to secure a load to the roof. Ratchet straps are sold fairly cheaply and are a better option. Even the cheapest ones are far stronger and more reliable than bungee cords. If you’re using rope to secure a load to the roof of your car make sure to knot the rope securely and use plenty of it.

    A vehicle equipped with a roof rack comes in very handy when moving. Be careful not to tighten the ratchets so much that you damage the racks. A lot of racks are barely designed to hold the weight of a couple of bicycles, so try to keep that in mind as you pack. If your vehicle doesn’t have a rack then you’ll have to take extra care to make sure the cargo is safely tied onto the roof.

    The load has to be secure so that it doesn’t move from side to side or front to back. One big package on the roof is preferable to several smaller bags; if you have to put several small bags on the roof, consider wrapping them in a tarp or putting them in a large cargo bag to make one large package. (Securing the wrapping is one of the places where bungee cords or duct tape may be appropriate.)

    And remember, when driving with a load, take it easy on the road.

    Stay Safe!

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    Black Ice

    We’ve all heard the term but just what is it?
    While not truly black, it is virtually transparent allowing the black roadway below to be seen, hence the term “black ice”. Because we can’t see it, we can become victims of the potentially hazardous conditions.

    So what causes it?Black ice
    At temperatures below freezing black ice can form on roadways when the moisture from automobile exhaust condenses on the road surface and delays the formation of ice.
    On the other hand, black ice may form even when the ambient temperature is several degrees above the freezing point of water if the air warms suddenly after a prolonged cold spell leaving the surface of the roadway well below the freezing point temperature.
    In either case the results are the same; a thin layer of invisible ice on the roadway making driving or walking extremely treacherous.
    What can you do about it? Be mindful that when it the weather is cold and damp, conditions can become hazardous quickly.
    Best Advice, Slow Down!

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