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What to do after an accident

Uh oh. You’ve been in an accident. Now what? Unsettling as it is, it’s important for you to be aware of your rights and responsibilities.

At the scene of the accident:

You must always call the police if any of the following happened:

  • Anyone has been injured or killed.
  • The apparent combined damage is $2,000 or more.
  • One of the drivers has committed an offense.
  • A traffic-control device or other public property has been damaged.

If the damage was not sufficient enough to call the police, begin filling out a collision report form and include the following information:

  • Get the license number, make, model and year of the other car.
  • Get the names and contact information (including addresses) of any witnesses.
  • Write down your description of the accident while the details are still fresh in your mind.
  • If you can, take as many pictures of the scene and damage as possible.

What to do next:

Report the accident to the police. Make a note of the accident file number they assign you.

Regardless of which driver is at fault, call your insurance company or agent. Your accident file will be assigned to an insurance adjuster who will ask you to give an accident report.

Now would be the appropriate time to contact us or use our mobile app to start the process.

Carwash 101

Doug Approved Carwash System

Okay, the first thing to know is that washing your car at home is bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Buckets are bad. They collect dirt which you pass to your applicator, and wind up rubbing into your paint job when you soap up your car. Brushes, sponges and chamois are bad. They trap loose grit and grind in, which you also rub into your paintwork, creating a fine network of scratches. Improper car washing is the one thing that really burns Doug.

Here he goes taking all this time to ensure a car’s paint is matched impeccably, then someone goes and uses a dirty sponge or takes the car to a do-it-yourself carwash with one of those foaming brush things. Here is his secret carwash technique used right here in our car wash.

8 Steps to the Perfect Wash

  • Turn the wand setting to SOAP and spray your vehicle. This high-speed soap application actually floats the dirt away from the paint without rubbing or causing scratches.
  • Turn the wand setting to RINSE and thoroughly clean off car. The RINSE cycle on the wand is usually higher pressure than the SOAP setting and will wash away more of the grit and road film.
  • Turn the setting back to SOAP and go at it again.
  • Use a clean DIAPER (NOT A SPONGE, CHAMOIS, WASH MITT OR BRUSH) to break any road film left on the vehicle.
  • SOAP the vehicle very thoroughly again to float away any remaining grit.
  • RINSE the car well.
  • Take a SECOND CLEAN DIAPER and dry the car.
  • When you get home, throw the diapers in the laundry so they’re clean for next time.