AllenMotors
(805) 496-3370
2594 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Allen Auto Body
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(805) 496-3370

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My Body Shop, My Choice

The old procedure after an accident was to get three estimates at different shops, submit them to your insurance company, and let them tell you what they were willing to pay. You brought in the car, the work got done, shop got paid and you got your repaired vehicle back.

Today, it’s much more likely that your insurance company will want to inspect the vehicle first themselves and give you a list of their “approved” repair shops. While they will want you to take it to a shop on the list, the good news for you is that you are still free to choose whatever shop you desire!

Slime on the Driveway: Monsters Under my Car!

Out of the blue, there’s suddenly green, red, or other color fluids under my car. WHAT’ S GOING ON!! No need to panic…yet.

Depending on the manufacturer, some coolants are red, some are green, and some are yellow. Never mix colors, and always use the color your vehicle already has in the radiator. Also, many transmission fluids are red. If any of these are under your car, you have a leak, and it needs to be addressed. If it’s monstrously large, don’t drive the car, have it towed to us to avoid more damage.

Don't Let your Car Be The Nightmare on Elm Street!

If you notice that your car, truck, or SUV is wandering, or pulling to one side of the road, that’s an indication of a safety issue with your steering. It may be caused by bad tires, a steering component failure, an alignment issue, or some other problem.

Once it starts, it’s likely to get worse, and could lead to a catastrophic failure and a collision. At the first sign of this, come in and we’ll do an inspection. We’ll find your steering goblins and get your vehicle back to handling like a dream!

There’s a lot Riding On Your Brakes

The braking system on your vehicle is just as important as the drivetrain that moves it under power. While your engine and transmission provide the “GO”, it’s your brakes that slow you down when you’re ready to “WHOA”! On all vehicles, brakes take a beating every time they are applied. They take the rotational energy of the turning wheel, and by hydraulic pressure turn that energy into heat. This conversion of energy is what allows you to slow down a little, or a lot by pressing the brake pedal.

Is Your Vehicle Ready For Fall?

At this time of year, there is less daylight each day. There is more rain in the forecast, and our trips for after-school and evening meetings are now ending at dusk or in the dark. This is the time to play it safe by changing all the wiper blades on your vehicle so you’re ready for any changes in the weather. Also, it’s time to safety-check your exterior lights, to make sure they all work properly. Headlights should both work in high and low beam, and be clear and well-aimed. All brake lights should be working, as well as turn signals, taillights and side markers or running lights.

Have You Had Your Battery Checked Lately?

Your vehicle’s battery has a lot to do! It provides electrical power to start the engine. It sends power to operate all of the cabin accessories, such as the stereo, lighting, and the blower motor for the A/C and defroster. It powers the instrument panel so we can see what our vehicle is doing. And as vehicles get more complex, even more systems are added, such as navigation, engine, and transmission management, Wi-Fi, lane departure, self-driving modes and much more.

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The old procedure after an accident was to get three estimates at different shops, submit them to your insurance company, and let them tell you what they were willing to pay. You brought in the car, the work got done, shop got paid and... Read more

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