Most automobile afficionados know that Hyundai and Kia are both South Korean car companies. They may also know that Hyundai is a part-owner of Kia, as a result of the latter’s 2007 bankruptcy. It should come as no surprise, then, that comparable models of each car maker share similar if not identical basic body structures. And while Kia does still operate independently and has a separate design workshop, marketing, and branding, both companies offer the same 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
Some car owners are loyal to the Nissan brand. Others swear by Infiniti. Yet, at first glance, the Nissan and Infiniti model lineups look very much alike. Aside from the fact that Infiniti vehicles cost somewhat more than equivalent Nissans, what’s the difference?
When it comes to vehicle quality, INFINITI is a brand that’s recognized around the world as the epitome of luxury. Combining advanced mechanics with high-end amenities, INFINITI models embody the zenith of style, safety, comfort, and drivability.
Luxury—that is why you chose INFINITI, isn’t it? When it comes specifically to technology, the brand is a leader in many aspects that make it appealing to drivers and passengers alike. And you’d be hard-pressed to pick out which of its advanced luxury features is your favorite:
- The car’s Intelligent Key technology, which automatically unlocks the vehicle when it detects the key is nearby?
- The Forward Emergency Braking system, prevents fender-benders by calculating the distance between the car and the vehicle in front of it?
- The Around View Monitor technology, which irtually eliminates all blind spots for the driver?
- Direct Adaptive Steering, a feature that allows the driver to choose one of three steering modes best suited for the situation?
- Intelligent Cruise Control
- InTouch Services, which can help vehicle owners remember appointments or automatically call for help in the event of an accident?
But…but…what if the unthinkable happens? What if, in spite of all those advanced safety and driver-assist features like the InTouch system, your INFINITI vehicle is somehow damaged in a collision or other unexpected mishap? Who will you call to repair it?
When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars, people said, ‘Nah, what’s wrong with a horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.
This weekend, for the first time in 10 years, the United States launched a manned rocket into orbit from Cape Canaveral, with the aim of docking with the International Space Station. This feat was a joint effort by NASA, a government-funded organization, and a private company that goes by the name of Space Exploration Technologies (better known as SpaceX for short). The success of this launch is due, in large part, to the cost-saving innovations in rocketry by SpaceX engineers—one of the most impressive of which is the use of a reusable Falcon booster rocket. Yet, when somebody has a breakthrough innovation, it is usually a combined cascade of events. “Very rarely, is it one little thing,” according to Elon Musk, the CEO/CTO of SpaceX. “It’s usually a whole bunch of things that collectively amount to a huge innovation.”
From Steel to Aluminum
Aluminum was not the first choice for Henry Ford, designing his first car in 1896. Several years later his Model T, affectionately referred to as Tin Lizzy, was fashioned from vanadium alloy steel, offering superior strength. This first Ford vehicle was self-starting, much like its inventor. Ford’s first truck followed in 1917, based off the Model T and named the Ford Model TT. The truck had a cargo capacity of one ton, which was no small feat for that era.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right. – Henry Ford
The Ford F Series trucks were introduced in 1948, and the company reveled in its success for many years. Today’s Ford F-150 allows for as much as 3,270 pounds of maximum payload with the Heavy-Duty Payload Package. As an innovative company, Ford debuted the aluminum body F-150 to a skeptical public, inviting claims from rival manufacturers that it was no longer a serious contender in the pickup market, as real trucks have steel beds.
I am so obsessed with the cars that sometimes I feel like my heart is not a muscle, it’s an engine.
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words
Keri Coach Works’ promise to our customers is commitment to providing exceptional auto body collision repair for all makes and models of vehicles. Exceptional service requires evolution. Our growth is directly related to that promise to our customers. Which means that we’re proud to announce that we’ve joined the newly expanded network of BMW Certified Collision Repair Centers. These centers have no equal when it comes to restoring your BMW to its original specifications.
Owning a BMW is not simply a financial investment. It’s an emotional investment. Your heart has a direct connection to that engine. Maybe you’ve always been a proud BMW owner. Or maybe your BMW is your first luxury vehicle. The car you’ve always dreamed of owning. BMW is not just a car, it’s a lifestyle. And to preserve that lifestyle, you take care of your BMW. You’re careful about where you park. You’re a conscientious driver. But no matter how responsible you might be, some things are out of your control. You have a minor or major accident. And that’s when you need Keri Coach Works.
There is a season
And a time to every purpose
— Pete Seeger (“Turn! Turn! Turn!”)
It’s embarrassing to admit, but we really wish we had no customers. We would happily find a new line of work if their cars were, miraculously, no longer subject to dents, dings, and more serious damage. Regrettably, despite drivers’ best efforts and all the high-tech anti-collision gadgetry built into today’s automobiles, they still get involved in fender benders, sideswipes, smashups, and other types of accidents. And these accidents occur at all times of year. Every season has its special road hazards that drivers should be aware of. These include, for example:
- Spring: newly active animals, a flurry of bicyclists on the road, sudden hailstorms, and unexpected potholes
- Summer: busy construction zones, tire blowouts due to heat, more motorcyclists on the road, and sun glare
- Fall: increased driving in the dark, more deer out during mating season, and pockets of fog and frost
While on the road, everyone hopes and expects that the journey will be uneventful. And most of the time, it is. But every now and then, no matter how careful the driver, they may find themselves involved in a fender-bender, collision, or other highway mishap. In that case, if the damaged vehicle is at all still drivable, try to maneuver it as far as possible off to the side of the road, away from any passing traffic. Safety first!
Then call for help (almost everybody nowadays owns a cell phone, so that should be the easy part). If the incident occurs in a populated area, you should have no trouble summoning whatever emergency assistance is needed, along with a tow (if necessary) to a nearby service station or certified auto body repair shop (like Keri Coach Works). In more remote areas, however, you may end up having to wait a while for help to arrive.
In either case, it is a good driver safety practice to always be prepared for any eventuality. That means making sure your vehicle is stocked with certain useful things that you may need in an emergency situation. The infographic below will serve as a checklist of the most essential items all drivers should keep in their car at all times in the event of an accident.
(Click on this image to download a printable PDF of the infographic.)
Fender-benders and other types of auto body collision damage can’t always be prevented. But when they happen, don’t settle for anything less than excellence in having it repaired.
At Keri Coach Works, we strive every day to demonstrate our dedication to excellence in service to all our customers in Long Island, New York. One way we do this is by constantly staying abreast of the speed-of-light technological changes that are the hallmark of today’s automobile manufacturing industry. Thorough and ongoing training in the tools and materials needed to repair damage to vehicles involved in auto collisions is how we meet that goal. As our business has grown, so has the number of industry certifications we have earned. This infographic provides a handy guide to the types of vehicle makes/models our professional service technicians are qualified to repair.
(Click on this image to download a printable PDF of our Auto Collision Repair Certification Guide infographic.)
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives—choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
In any field of human endeavor, certain principles of excellence remain constant. These include:
- Love what you do.
- Knowledge is power.
- Build on your experience.
- Competence is an endless quest.
- Improve your craft daily.
- Never stop learning.
Striving to achieve these principles is what sets successful individuals and businesses apart from all the others. This truth applies to all types of work, whether you are a custodial worker, a heart surgeon, or the CEO of Fortune 500 company.
And in this age of super-specialization, it especially applies to today’s auto body collision repair shops. Long gone are the days when any reasonably competent mechanic could repair a damaged vehicle of any make and model. Nowadays, the sheer variety of technologies, materials, engineering, and even software that goes into building 21st-century cars makes such generalized knowledge less than useless.
At Keri Coach Works, we strive every day to demonstrate our dedication to excellence in service to all our customers. To that end, we have built our business by investing in the right tools and the proper training for all our collision repair technicians, so they are able to bring your damaged vehicle back to like-new condition—without compromising safety, warranty, or resale value.
As of now, the number of vehicle makes/models that we are qualified and certified to repair has grown to include the following.