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Accidents Happen: It’s Time to Take Action

Anytime you’re on the road, your safety is at risk. It’s a risk that we knowingly take and do our best to minimize by paying close attention to the road and other drivers. However, accidents can happen even to the most cautious drivers. So, what should you do when the unthinkable occurs?

When you’re in an accident, the most important thing to do first is to ensure you’re out of danger. If your car is still operable, this might mean driving it to a safe spot nearby, turning on the hazard lights, and carefully exiting the vehicle. You’re not leaving the scene of the accident but are proactively preventing a secondary collision. If you can’t move your car, it’s your responsibility to get yourself to a safe place.

Once you’re in a safe place, take inventory of the situation to see if anyone needs emergency assistance. If your Mazda, Chevrolet, or Ford is equipped with OnStar or another emergency notification alert system, you may already be in contact with emergency personnel as they are en route to your location. Be sure to let them know if anyone needs immediate medical attention.

Following the collision, you will need to provide a statement to the local police and can have the paramedics look at any accident-related injuries. You’ll also want to exchange insurance and contact information with those involved. Then, depending on the status of your vehicle, you can leave the accident or reach out to roadside assistance to have your car, truck, or SUV towed to the dealership.

In a Collision, What You Want Matters

When you’re in an accident, it’s natural to have a rush of adrenaline because your routine is entirely thrown off by the traumatic event. However, it’s important to remember that, even in this situation, what you want for your vehicle matters. What do we mean?

Insurance companies can be pushy, forcing you to work with certain body shops or hurry the repair process. For example, if your car needs extensive collision repair, the insurance company wants to do whatever possible to minimize its expenses and get the vehicle repaired at minimal cost and as quickly as possible. As a result, they’ll encourage you to use one of their recommended body shops that might use damaged or low-quality parts and rush the job to keep costs low.

You have every right to choose the collision center or body shop you trust with your vehicle. But, more importantly, you get to select the parts used in the repair, and the job doesn’t have to be rushed. After a collision, what you want matters because it’s your vehicle, and you have every right to protect your investment.

Brand Integrity: Why Parts Matter

After a collision, an insurance company might encourage you to use aftermarket parts to save a few dollars on the repair. However, you have the right to say “no” and maintain brand integrity with your vehicle. This means keeping your Chevrolet a Chevrolet, your Mazda a Mazda, and your Ford a Ford. So, how does DePaula Auto Group help you maintain that brand integrity? By using genuine OEM parts.

OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer” and signifies that the part is genuine to your vehicle. In other words, it’s specifically designed for your Chevrolet, Ford, or Mazda. It’s not an aftermarket or refurbished component that diminishes the quality or integrity of your vehicle. But what does this matter in the long run? Can’t you save more with non-OEM parts?

Safe and Precise

OEM parts are designed to meet the manufacturer’s safety requirements, which means non-OEM parts may not have the proper crumple zones or meet the same safety standards. As a result, these components could reduce the vehicle’s overall safety. Additionally, aftermarket or non-OEM parts are typically a “one-size-fits-all.” As a result, the fit isn’t precise and leaves the potential for gaps and improper component alignment.

Quality Guaranteed

Another vital thing to consider when opting for an OEM part is that automakers like Chevrolet, Ford, and Mazda guarantee quality and design. This guarantee reflects the integrity of the parts, engineering further confidence in these brands and your vehicle. It also goes a long way in improving the resale value of your car because the next buyer knows the parts and their quality are backed by the manufacturer.

Expert Collision Service: What We Offer

When the unthinkable happens and you’re in an accident, remember that you are responsible for protecting your investment. You can choose how your vehicle is repaired, what parts are used, and when you’re happy with the results. So, why not work with a collision center that respects that choice and does everything possible to ensure your vehicle maintains its integrity?

Our state-of-the-art collision centers at DePaula Chevrolet, DePaula Ford, and DePaula Mazda are known for exactly that. We treat every vehicle like it’s our own, guaranteeing the quality of our work and the use of genuine OEM parts. In fact, our body and paint work come with a lifetime guarantee!

In addition to guaranteeing our work, we’re also dedicated to saving you time and minimizing the hassle that often comes with having your car in for repair. We start by offering free estimates so that you have an idea of what repairs are needed and how much they will cost. Then, once you leave your vehicle in our hands, we provide courtesy transportation so that any inconvenience is minimal. It’s our way of ensuring your life keeps moving forward even when your vehicle stops.

DePaula Chevrolet

785 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206, USA

DePaula Ford

799 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206, USA

DePaula Mazda

799 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206, USA

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