Lefler Collision Collects Donations for Hurricane Harvey Relief

We are collecting donations to be driven to Houston by our friends at Evansville Garage Doors from Sept. 1-Sept. 8 at all four locations. We will accept any gently used or new clothing as well as donations listed below…anything will be greatly appreciated! Our body shops are located in Evansville, Newburgh, and Henderson and are open from 7:30a-5p Monday through Friday.

Lefler Collision & Glass Celebrates 65 Years!

We celebrated our 65th anniversary on Friday, August 18th. It was a perfect day filled with our friends from the community, those who help us do what we do, and our family. A big thank you to everyone who stopped by one of our locations, joined us for the ribbon cutting, and have supported us over the years. We are so grateful to be apart of this community!

Lefler Collision Wins Platinum in Readers’ Choice Awards!

Thank you Tri-State for naming us Best Body Shop for the sixth year in a row! It is an honor that we do not take lightly and we promise to continue providing legendary customer service, along with highly trained technicians, to ensure your vehicle is repaired right the first time. Photo: Our Maxwell Avenue location staff

 

Ladies Night Out April 2017

We had so much fun hosting our Ladies Night Out event in April! We had never held it at our Wabash Ave. location before but it worked out great. We are so appreciative for those who hosted tables, donated items for door prizes, and most of all, for all the awesome ladies that decided to spend their night learning with us. It is an honor to be apart of Evansville and Henderson’s communities. If you are interested in joining us for the next car care clinic, click any of the pictures below and sign up for our email notifications!

 

Top 10 Car Winterizing Tips

#1 Check Your Tire Pressure and Consider Snow Tires: If your tires have many years on them – not many miles, but years- you may consider inspecting them for things such as irregular wear and dry rotting. This unnoticed can cause sudden loss of control and tire blowouts. If you do not have a vehicle that can handle snow tires, make sure you check the tire pressure in each tire to ensure the safest drive possible. In Evansville, there is air available at almost every gas station for a small cost OR you can use it for free at the Marathon on North Green River Road and the Marathon on Red Bank Road. If you ever find yourself skidding, do not apply the brakes. Take your foot off the accelerator and slowly turn your wheel in the opposite direction. It is easy to over correct here so try to stay calm and mindful of your actions.

#2 Check Your Battery: On average, car batteries last about three to five years. If it is time to get a new one, consider replacing it in the fall when batteries typically go on sale AND because winter months are harder on your engine and cause it to work harder, putting more pressure on the battery. Most mechanic shops will offer to check your battery for free.

#3 Check Your Oil and Oil Viscosity: Oil keeps the metal surfaces of your engine from grinding together and causing damage. The viscosity (or thickness) of oil is a crucial key to ensuring your engine is running properly. If the oil is too thick, it will flow too slowly and your engine can overheat. In the winter time, cold temperatures cause oil to thicken but you can keep this in control by having regular oil changes done to your vehicle. Most technicians recommend an oil change every 3,000 miles or every three months — whichever comes first.

#4 Put in the Correct Amount of Antifreeze: Antifreeze protects your engine from freezing in cold weather and overheating on hot days. A 50:50 mix of antifreeze and water is ideal to keep fluids from freezing at temperatures as low as -34 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t worry about trying to bust out your measuring cup to achieve the perfect ratio however, most bottles of antifreeze are solid premixed with water.

#5 Keep Your Fuel Tank Full: Cold and constantly shifting temperatures can cause condensation to form on the walls of a gas tank that is near empty and may result in water dripping into the gas. It will eventually sink to the bottom, since water is heavier than gas, possibly freezing up the fuel lines — which can result in the blocking of gas and halting of your travel plans. Repairs to correct this can be very costly so do yourself the favor and keep your gas tank near full this winter.

#6 Check Your Defrost and Heating Units: With the morning temperature hitting a brisk 20 degrees this morning in Evansville, you have probably had to turn on your heating system and seat warmers by this point. If your heater is not working, the usual culprit is a faulty heater coil. Defrosters work by blowing warm, dry air over the glass to reduce the amount of moisture (thus causing the fogginess). If your defroster is functioning properly but you are still having a problem with fog, check your car over for air leaks around the doors and windows.

#7 Replace Windshield Wipers and Fill Wiper Fluid: Low visibility can make winter driving very dangerous. Make sure you inspect your wiper blades for cracks (since they are made out of plastic and rubber) and check to make sure your wiper fluid is filled up, as it can assist in breaking up snow and ice on the windshield.

#8 Check Your Car’s Belts and Hoses: Typically, belts and hoses are only checked when the car is due for a tune-up. It doesn’t hurt to take a look and make sure everything is holding up properly around the engine. Cold temperatures can weaken them so a breakage is more likely to occur during the winter months.

#9 Make Sure Your 4-Wheel Drive Works: If you own an SUV you probably don’t use 4-wheel drive too much in the summer unless you enjoy off-roading. A properly functioning system can improve tire traction on snow and ice, decreasing the possibility of getting stuck when the weather starts to decline.

#10 Keep an Emergency Kit Inside Your Car: include items such as non-perishable foods, an extra coat, salt, a shovel, road flares, flashlights, boots, and even a portable cellphone charger incase you get stuck in a remote area.

Lefler Collision Hosts Tecumseh Students for Junior Achievement Job Shadow Day

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On Friday, December 2nd, we hosted 8th grade students from Tecumseh Middle School in partnership with our local Junior Achievement’s Job Shadow day. The students were able to watch cars go through every step of the repair process, from estimating to tear down and painting. They learned about the software we use to input customer data and learned about the variety of positions we have within our business. The students said one of their favorite parts (besides the pizza and cookies) was the tools that the bodymen use. We love the work that Junior Achievement does and look forward to being a partner with them as much as possible.

Oh, DEER!

With deer season quickly approaching, please check out some of these tips to help keep you and your family safe.

  • Use extra caution in known deer zones
  • Always wear your seatbelt
  • At night, when there is no oncoming traffic, use high beams
  • Avoid swerving when you see a deer
  • Scan the road for deer and other danger signs
  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles

And here are some deer facts that all drivers should know:

  • Deer are on all roads
  • Deer are unpredictable
  • Deer often move in groups
  • Deer movement is most prevalent in the fall
  • The hours between dusk and dawn are high risk times

 

In the unfortunate situation where you do find yourself in an auto-deer collision, here are some tips on how to stay safe and handle the situation:

  • Move your vehicle to a safe place. If possible, pull over to the side of the road, and turn on your hazard lights. If you must leave your vehicle, stay off the road and out of the way of any oncoming vehicles. Deer are most active at dusk and dawn—times when you or your vehicle may be less visible to other motorists.
  • Call the police. Alert authorities if the deer is blocking traffic and creating a threat for other drivers. If the collision results in injury or property damage, you may need to fill out an official report. This report also can prove useful when filing your insurance claim.
  • Document the incident. Take photographs of the roadway, your surroundings, damage to your vehicle, and any injuries you or your passengers sustained. (Take plenty of photos: This may help make your claim easier to process.) If witnesses stop, take down their account of what occurred, and ask for their contact information.
  • Stay away from the animal. A frightened, wounded deer could use its powerful legs and sharp hooves to harm you.
  • Don’t assume your vehicle is safe to drive. Double-check that your car is drivable after colliding with a deer. Look for leaking fluid, loose parts, tire damage, broken lights, a hood that won’t latch and other safety hazards. If your vehicle seems unsafe in any way, call for a tow.

Indiana and Kentucky are both considered high risk states for deer collisions. In Indiana, there is a 1 in 136 chance while in Kentucky the odds are 1 in 103 this year.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Before a collision occurs, make sure you’re protected with the right type of insurance: Damages from auto-deer accidents typically are covered under comprehensive insurance, not collision.

Thanks to State Farm for providing the data!
https://learningcenter.statefarm.com/safety-2/6-things-to-do-after-hitting-a-deer/
https://www.statefarm.com/about-us/newsroom/2015/09/14/deer-collision-data

 

CAR WASHING & DETAILING 101

EXTERIOR WASH

DO:

1) Always wash your vehicle in the shade and make sure the surface is cooled off.

2) Always get the car completely wet before spraying any degreaser or any other chemicals on it.

3) Wash top to bottom and one panel at a time and have the hose ready to rinse in case the soap is drying too fast.  (Micro fiber wash mits work very well, can be found at any auto store or Walmart)

4) Use a three separate bucket method and two different wash mits. One for a tire bucket with wash mit, a soap bucket with its own mit, and a rinse bucket. (Always use car soap also found at Walmart and not dish soap)

5) Always use a clean damp chamois when drying the vehicle.

Do’s – INTERIOR

1) Open all doors and back lift gate or trunk, take out any items that would get vacuumed up and set to the side.

2) Take out all floor mats, move seats as needed to vacuum the whole car than do the floor mats.

3) Use microfiber towels or terry cloths to wipe down the interior panels, spray which ever interior chemicals you prefer on the towels and wipe down panels.

4) After cleaning leather seats it is recommended that you use a leather lotion or leather conditioner to prevent the seats from cracking.

5) When all the panels and seats are wiped down, give it a quick vacuum again if needed.

DO NOT:

1) NEVER wash vehicle in direct sunlight (soap will stain the paint and leave water spots)

2) NEVER wash your vehicle with a regular dish/bath towel or sponge.

3) NEVER use dawn soap or any kind of soap not specifically made for cars.

4) NEVER clean windows in direct sunlight (they will smear) always make sure the windows are cooled down before cleaning.

5) Don’t ever use Armour wipe or any kind of greasy interior shine product on steering wheel.

6) NEVER use glass cleaner with ammonia in it on after-market window tint!

DETAILING TIPS

1) Clay bar your vehicle before waxing (it makes the vehicle smooth and strips away any road grim and old wax, can also be found at Walmart)

2) To remove candy or gum from carpet, get a can of air duster, shake up and flip upside down, spray directly on the candy or gum (it freezes it) then take the end of a carpet brush or end of a screw driver and lightly tap on the candy or gum. It should break it up and make it easy to clean up. Repeat process if needed.

3) Folex is AMAZING with removing stains in cloth seats, head liners and carpets (depending how long a stain has been there) it can be found at Lowe’s and Home Depot.

4) If a car has been smoked in and the windows are hard to clean on the inside, a tip to cleaning them is to take a damp microfiber towel or chamois and wiping down the inside windows before cleaning them with your glass cleaner (doing this removes the light film on the windows).

5) If floor mats are really bad, take your soapy water bucket, carpet brush and an old wash mit, soak the carpets with the stain remover you prefer (such as Folex), dip the wash mit in soap water and wash the floor mats. Next, take the carpet brush and scrub the entire mat. If you have a pressure washer, use it to rinse all the soap out (this works very well depending how old the stain has been in the carpet) then hang to dry, preferably in the sun.

6) Mink Oil meant for vehicles is a good leather treatment.

7) A soft bristle paintbrush is great for vents and cracks if you don’t have access to an air hose.

8) Alcohol wipes are good for removing tree sap off the paint.

9) Putting wax on the front of vehicle (where bugs usually build up) will help the bugs from staining the paint.

10) To remove pesky pet hair from your vehicle, use a spray bottle with water and a squeegee. It will create a static cling that pulls the hair right off of the upholstery.

PRODUCT BRANDS I RECOMMEND (From Our Detail Manager, Megan W.)

1) Meguiars

2) Mothers

3) Barret Jackson

4) Scrub n Bubbles works good for interiors

PRODUCTS I DO NOT RECOMMEND:

Armour Wipes or any kind of wipes for interior.

Turtle Wax

Glass cleaner with ammonia in it

FAQ: Premium versus Regular Gasoline

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding premium and regular gasoline.

Q: My owner’s manual says my car takes unleaded gasoline. Will upgrading it to premium provide any benefit?

A: No, so save your money. High octane provides no additional benefits for cars that are designed to run on regular.

Q: What is that pinging or knocking sound?

A: Those are noises indicating to you that the gas and air mixture in your car’s cylinders is not burning as intended. These noises are caused by the result of uneven combustion of fuel and air in the cylinder. This will reduce the deficiency of your engine and may cause damage after a period of time.

Q: How is premium gas “better”?

A: Compared to regular gasoline, high-octane (premium) requires higher temperature and pressure to ignite, making it capable of withstanding higher pressure without reigniting. Because of this, it is less likely to result in premature ignition and prevents the pinging/knocking sound we discussed previously. Basically, it’s a form of protection for high compression engines.

Myths about premium gas:

  1. Premium gas gives you better miles per gallon
  2. Premium has special or extra detergents in it that are good for cleaning your engine.. they may be in there but studies show they make little to no difference.