Spring Cleaning Car Tips

Man polishing his hood with a chamois

Spring Cleaning Tips

Washing the Body
Wash in a cool, shady area to avoid
water-spotting caused by direct sunlight.

Never use dish soap or detergents, they can strip the wax.

Don’t let the car air dry, use a soft and clean towel to dry.

 

Restoring the Shine
Use a cleaner wax to help the wax bond better to the vehicle.
Work your way from top down in this order: horizontal surfaces,
vertical surfaces, below the beltline.

Cleaning the Tires
Apply wheel cleaner and allow it to soak in for a moment.
Scrub wheels using cleaning brush.
Do not wash tires with the same cloth as the body of the car.

Freshening the Interior
Use a mild cleaning spray and microfiber cloth to remove dust.
Try household spray-on carpet cleaner to remove stains.
Clean inside of windows with window cleaner, apply to cloth to avoid streaking.

Source: Consumerreports.org/Chicago Tribune

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Five Ways to Improve Your Gas Mileage

Overlay 52759936 gas gaugeBefore you head out on a long road trip this summer, consider having these car parts replaced to improve your vehicles fuel efficiency.

Mass air flow sensor: If dirty, it sends inaccurate information about the air flow entering the engine, affecting fuel efficiency.

Oxygen sensor: Monitors the exhaust flow which adjusts the fuel injection level. After 100,000 miles the accuracy of this part could be compromised.

Spark plugs: The air/fuel mixture is important to your engine running cleanly and efficiently. New spark plugs result in a cleaner running engine, increasing fuel efficiency.

Air filter: Dirty air filters are unable to filter the air coming into your engine, resulting in lower fuel efficiency. These should be replaced on cars over 10 years old.

Tires: Worn, misaligned or deflated tires can reduce gas mileage. Check air pressure regularly and replace worn tires.

Source: Bankrate.com

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Expands in Indiana

284 Repair Centers in 22 States

 

 

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (May 4, 2015) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced another round of growth, this time in Indiana with the acquisition of Indy Collision Center’s Fishers location.

This transaction added one repair center to the company’s portfolio and expanded its presence in Indiana to 13 locations. ABRA’s national footprint now includes 284 repair centers in 22 states.

ABRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Duane Rouse says the company is pleased to continue its growth in Indiana. “Our business partners and customers in Indianapolis have provided us with tremendous support over the past few years. Indy Collision Center is a wonderful facility and we look forward to servicing new and existing insurance partners and vehicle owners in this latest ABRA location.”

Since entering the Indianapolis market just short of three years ago, ABRA has quickly become a trusted and preferred option for insurance partners and vehicle owners. The company uses an operational excellence philosophy which results in industry leading operating metrics and distinguishes it from competitors.

ABRA’s Executive Vice President of Operations, Scott Krohn works diligently to make sure the company doesn’t lose sight of this operational excellence philosophy as it grows quickly across the country. “Our systems and our processes allow us to maintain superior operating metrics. Each time we grow, it is our responsibility to maintain these same performance measures so that our insurance partners and customers receive industry leading service in every ABRA repair center whether in Indianapolis or in any other market around the country.”

As it plans to continue expanding in the months and years ahead, ABRA is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system. Interested parties in major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development/Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6210).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Enters Northeast U.S.

ABRA Enters Northeast US

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (May 1, 2015) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced sizable expansion today with a move into the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Delaware market. The growth is the result of the acquisition of 12 Keenan Auto Body locations. Details of today’s deal were not disclosed.

The expansion establishes ABRA’s first presence in this region. The bold move into the Northeast signals the company is not backing down from its plan to be an industry leader in major markets around the country. With the acquisition of such a dominant and reputable multi-shop operator, ABRA is positioned for substantial success and considerable growth throughout the region.

ABRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Duane Rouse says the outstanding leadership and operational strength that Keenan Auto Body developed over the years is key for ABRA as it enters uncharted territory in the Northeast. “We are carefully considering our approach as we enter new markets, especially ones as sizable as Philadelphia. The purchase of a brand with such well-established history and strength as Keenan, creates exciting opportunities for us as we seek to establish and further develop ABRA’s presence in the region.”

ABRA plans to build on the extensive relationships Keenan has established in the market. President and Chief Operating Officer of Keenan’s, Mike LeVasseur says, “This is a tremendous opportunity and I am excited to continue to grow the deep relationships we’ve developed in the community. Our business partners and customers have been instrumental in our success and we look forward to continuing to serve them with ABRA.” FOCUS Investment Banking, LLC acted as advisor to Keenan in connection with the transaction.

As it plans to continue expanding in the months and years ahead, ABRA is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system. Interested parties in major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development/Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6210).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

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Sun Hazards in Your Car

Couple in car

 

 

 

 

 

When thinking about sun exposure, you might envision yourself on the beach or exercising outdoors. But millions of Americans receive a large portion of their sun exposure when they don’t even realize it — in their cars.

For years, dermatologists have observed that patients in the US often have more sun damage on the left side of their faces than on the right. Research increasingly points to ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation penetrating through car windows.

UV radiation from the sun is associated with almost 90 percent of all skin cancers. Glass effectively blocks UVB, and windshields are specially treated to block UVA as well, but a car’s side and rear windows allow UVA to penetrate.

UV exposure we receive while driving a car adds up. The more time spent driving a vehicle, the more severe this photo damage is to the left side. In countries where the driver’s side is the right side, people tend to develop more sun damage and skin precancers on the right. Certain precancers can turn into squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of  skin cancer.

Ways to Protect Yourself

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher to your face, arms, neck and hands, about half an hour before you drive.

Wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, long pants, UV-blocking sunglasses, and hats with a brim of at least three inches all around.

Apply tinting or laminating (applying UV-protective film) to the window glass. Window tinting is regulated in many states, so be sure to check the laws.

Source: Skincancer.org

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Is Talking on a Cell Phone While Driving Safer than Texting?

Asian woman using phone driving car

 

 

 

 

 

Most people recognize the dangers of texting while driving, including the 44 states which have banned the activity for all drivers. However, only 14 states ban talking on a hand held device while driving.

The National Safety Council (NSC) says talking on the phone is no less of a distraction than texting. Driving and cell phone conversations both require a great deal of thought and our brain is unable to do both well at the same time. It’s like trying to read a book and drive a car says the NSC. This multi-tasking often leads to delayed braking times or missed traffic lights and an alarming number of crashes.

This data provided by the NSC for 2014 outlines causes reported for crashes nationwide.

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The bottom line: there’s no safe way to use a cell phone while driving. Like any distractions behind the wheel it’s safest to pull over for any activity that will take your attention from the road.

 

Source: National Safety Council

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Expands in Chicago a Second Time in Two Weeks

272 Repair Centers in 20 States

 

 

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (April 17, 2015) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced today it had added yet another location in the Chicago market. This comes just one week after a series of acquisitions made Illinois the largest market for the company.

ABRA’s latest location was acquired through the purchase of Quality Werks Collision Center located in Algonquin, Illinois. The acquisition brings ABRA’s center count in the state to 42 and the company’s total national portfolio to 272 in 20 states.

Today’s announcement is another example of ABRA vigorously making its presence known in large markets across the country. It is all part of a careful and precise growth strategy that is driving the company forward.

ABRA first entered the Chicago market just short of one year ago. President and Chief Executive Officer, Duane Rouse, says the company’s rapid growth is due in part to the dedication of its employees. “We are especially pleased with how quickly we’ve been able to establish such a significant presence in the Chicago area. No other market has grown as quickly or efficiently as Chicago has for us and it is in large part due to the commitment and hard work that every one of our employees displays throughout our daily operations.”

As the company looks for additional opportunities to grow it relies on its employees to continue to instill its culture of honesty and integrity in every repair center. ABRA’s Executive Vice President of Operations, Scott Krohn says, “It is our employees stepping up and our operational excellence systems and processes that lead to successful integration. Our entire team make it a priority to demonstrate phenomenal values as we grow and expand over and over again. It is that dedication that will continue to drive our organization farther.”

Building on its increasing success, ABRA plans to continue expanding in the months and years ahead. It is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system.

Interested parties in major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development / Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6315).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Expands Operations in Chicago

271 Repair Centers in 20 States

 

 

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (April 10, 2015) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced it expanded in Chicago with two separate acquisitions that added four collision repair centers to the metropolitan area.

Today’s transactions included the acquisition of three Zak’s Hi-Tech Collision Centers in Blue Island and Crestwood, Illinois, just outside the Chicago city limits and Acacia Park Auto Body in Chicago, Illinois.

With the newest additions, Illinois now stands as ABRA’s largest market having 41 collision repair centers in the state. This comes just one year after the company first entered the Chicagoland market and is yet another example of its aggressive growth plan. ABRA’s national collision portfolio has reached an impressive 271 centers in 20 states.

As it continues to expand across the country, the company focuses on implementing an operational excellence philosophy in each of its repair centers, making it a preferred option for insurance carriers and customers. ABRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Duane Rouse says, “We are pleased to continue to expand our presence in Illinois. Establishing a foothold in a growing number of key locations in the state gives us even more opportunities to show our insurance partners and customers our best-in-class operating methods and innovative service model.”

The company’s management team isn’t losing focus on what’s important. ABRA’s
Executive Vice President of Operations, Scott Krohn says the company has
established positive relationships with insurance partners and earned the trust of
customers. “It’s ABRA’s Op-Ex philosophy and superior processes that set us apart
from competitors. As we continue to evolve and grow, we are working hard to
maintain high customer satisfaction ratings in every repair center. Our
industry-leading processes and commitment to excellence help assure our
customers they will receive the highest-quality workmanship and superior
customer service at any ABRA center they visit.”

Building on its increasing success, ABRA plans to continue expanding in the months
and years ahead. It is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers
and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system. Interested parties in
major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development / Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6315).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

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Eight Languages Now Available on abraauto.com

ABRA LT 3

 

 

 

 

ABRA is excited to announce ABRAauto.com is now multilingual. The available languages include Chinese, French, German, Hmong, Italian, Polish and Spanish. ABRA cares about its customers and makes every effort to make services available to everyone.

The new translation widget will help customers overcome potential language barriers when navigating ABRA’s website, making it easier to understand and interact with the website in a way that is more familiar.

ABRA wants every customer experience to be an exceptional one and that starts with the ability to research auto body repair shops in the language that customers are most comfortable with. ABRA believes the key to a good relationship is communication and supports that belief with its latest announcement.

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Opens New Repair Center in West Nashville

267 Repair Centers in 20 States

 

 

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (April 2, 2015) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, is continuing its significant growth and expansion with the announcement it has added a new location in West Nashville, Tennessee.

It is the eighth repair center for ABRA in the Nashville metro area. The company’s collision repair center portfolio now stands at 267 in 20 states.

Today’s announcement is another example of ABRA continuing to execute on an aggressive growth strategy to dramatically increase its national footprint. As it continues to expand across the country, the company focuses on implementing an operational excellence philosophy in each of its repair centers, making it a preferred option for insurance carriers and customers.

ABRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Duane Rouse, says the company is especially excited about opening the West Nashville repair center. “The new center gives us the opportunity to show our insurance partners and customers our best-in-class operating methods and innovative service model in a state-of-the-art facility.”

ABRA’s Executive Vice President of Business Development, Tim Adelmann says
the company is growing across Tennessee and expects to continue with the addition
of the new repair center. “We have been fortunate to develop exceptional relationships
with our insurance partners and have earned the trust of customers in the Nashville
area over the past several years. This new center allows us to continue to service the
area with the high level of customer satisfaction our partners have come to expect.”

Building on its increasing success, ABRA plans to continue expanding in the months
and years ahead. It is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers
and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system. Interested parties in
major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development / Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6315).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

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