Cost-Benefit Analysis: To Purchase New or Used

Cost-Benefit Analysis: To Purchase New or UsedBuying a car is a stressful responsibility, oftentimes bringing people to the point of pulling their hair out. There’s just so much to analyze, where do you even begin? Usually, the first thing to decide is whether to purchase a new or used car. This is a big decision in itself because you have to evaluate the most cost-effective pick for now and in the long run. We’ve taken the time to put together a cost-benefit analysis to help you make the most educated decision for a significant piece of your life.

New Car Costs

Let’s start with the obvious: new cars are more expensive than used. You’re paying for updated technology and untouched mechanics, plus the insurance and registration costs are higher as well. And you’ll never really get your money back when you sell your car down the line. Your car takes at least a 20% hit to its value as soon as you drive it off the lot thanks to depreciation, and it continues to decrease the longer you have your car.

Used Car Costs

Of course, if you’ve thought about whether to purchase new or used cars, you’ve been reminded that you’ll be buying a vehicle with wear and tear to an unknown degree. The car will have about 50 thousand or more miles if you’re looking at a relatively light price tag. And with those miles come impending repairs every car owner has to deal with, but you’ll be dealing with them sooner. You also don’t know how the car’s been handled, so there’s a chance the vehicle is aged even further.

New Car Benefits

But of course, thanks to the nature of a cost-benefit analysis, we’re also allowed to look at the bright side of your purchase. When you’re buying new, as we said before, you’re getting the new technology. Even if you’re not into your car looking like a space ship, it adds value to it later in life if you need to sell it. And, since there’s no mechanical deterioration to assess, some people prefer buying new cars simply because it’s “easier.”

Used Car Benefits

“Used” doesn’t always mean the car’s cheap because it’s beaten and busted up. You could be looking at a two-year-old car with low mileage and still find that the price tag is significantly smaller than a new model’s. In fact, statistics show that buying a used car will reduce the cost by at least 30% of its original value. And even if the car is more than just a few years old, you can rest assured in the fact that most cars have been produced to be dependable, functioning at top-tier performance for a longer period of time.

Overall, it’s your decision to make, and where you’re willing to sacrifice. Among expert opinions such as the senior director of insights for Kelley Blue Book, finding a certified pre-owned car between two to three years old is the sweet spot for value and longevity. And for any repairs or adjustments needing to be made, visit trustworthy shops such as Wrecktify Collision Repair so your new (or used) car is in good hands and you get the most life and value out of your vehicle. Contact us today for more information!


True Professionalism in Car Restoration, The Wrecktify Way

Though finding a car repair shop with technicians you can trust is maddening, your search ends here at Wrecktify Collision & Restoration. When you need to entrust your vehicle’s repairs with someone, it should always be with people and a facility you can trust, and our crew at Wrecktify works hard to be able to share that trust with you. We operate our business with astronomical standards and true professionalism in car restoration, referred to around here as the Wrecktify Way. But what is the Wrecktify Way, and how does it set Wrecktify apart from other body shops? We believe there are three core values we focus on when building business: communication, expertise, and support.

Communication

One of the most frustrating things to deal with when you need something fixed on your car is the lack of communication and integrity in certain establishments. The stigma surrounding car repair shops is that they are dishonest about the rehabilitation and work they are doing. Some even make adjustments to other parts of your car that you will have to come to them to repair later, and they get away with it by keeping you in the dark about their plans and operations on your vehicles. At Wrecktify, we value communication above all else by walking you through every step of the repair. A body shop manager will even update you with photos and documentation throughout the restoration process so you’re one hundred percent in the loop with everything we do. We take pride in our work and want you to be able to understand everything we do to your car inside and out.

Expertise

No matter what car you bring in, no matter what or how severe the problem is, Wrecktify technicians can take care of it. All the expert mechanics have a passion for rehabilitating beaten and broken down automobiles, and the excellent, high-quality results are evidence of that passion. And, to hold ourselves to our standard of perfection, we implement quality checks at every stage of the restoration process. We guarantee the fixes we make will last for years to come, and we even offer a written lifetime guarantee to everyone who comes to us for service.

Care and Support

A major part of the Wrecktify Way is going above and beyond for our customers. One hundred percent customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal, and taking care of you outside the shop is something we commit to as well. So not only do we give you an estimate within fifteen minutes of inspection and keep you updated the whole time we have your car, but we also work with all insurance providers. We even have an agreement with Hertz car rentals so you have transportation while your wheels are out of commission. Your happiness is the name of our game, and support is how we play.

At Wrecktify, perfection isn’t a dream or a goal we strive for – it’s just what we do. When our master mechanics commit to the Wrecktify Way, they commit to excellence, and that’s our guarantee to you. Whether you want to restore an old car or you need repairs for a broken one, we’re more than happy to have you covered. Call our shop to make an appointment to see how collision repair is done the Wrecktify Way.

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Preventative Vehicle Maintenance: It’s a MUST!

Cars are expensive. And, not just the purchasing of the actual car. Big-time repairs can be bank-account dissolvers and nearly impossible to handle financially. And the frustrating truth is that some of the most expensive, complex issues you’re dealing with can be easily prevented, but most people either don’t think they have the time, or they don’t think about it until it’s too late. By investing in preventative maintenance, time and money can be saved, as well as improving your car’s current performance and extending its life.

So What Is It?

Preventative maintenance is like squashing all the little bugs before they grow into the monsters that destroy your car. The actual term can be applied to almost anything, from vehicles to businesses, or even to relationships. But specifically, regarding your car, preventative maintenance is all the little things you don’t really want to do: oil changes, checking tire pressure, and routine inspections.

Why Invest In Preventative Maintenance?

All these things seem trivial, and putting them off seems enticing, but the truth is that the last minute repairs that come from procrastinating can be exponentially more expensive than they originally would be. To extend the life of your car and improve its performance, you have to treat it like you’d treat your own body. Going in for routine doctor’s visits will help make sure you’re in good health, as well as catch any impending health disaster early, the same way taking your car in for inspections will ensure your car is in tip-top shape. Paying for the little nitpicky procedures may not be financially ideal at the moment, but it’s much more palatable than the heavy duty repairs you’d have to pay for later.

How to “Do” It

The best way to take care of your car is by setting up a schedule for maintenance, and the most overlooked way of knowing what to do and when is by reading your owner’s manual. It has the exact timing of the checkups you need to have done, all personalized for your vehicle. And, if you want to be both productive and cost-effective, you can learn to do most of it by yourself since it’s all the lower-tier inspections. It may take some research, but knowing how to change your own oil or even replace your own spark plugs will do wonders for both your car and your bank account.

Whether you’re a wait-until-the-last-minute kind of person or you’re already on the preventative maintenance grind, Wrecktify’s team of experts is ready and at your service. No matter the size or the severity of the issue, they can handle whatever you throw their way. You can schedule appointments for inspections, repairs, replacements, and everything in between by visiting the Wrecktify website or calling the shop and speaking directly with one of the technicians. We’re ready to help you take the next step in caring for your car.

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The Importance Of Using The Proper Fuel In Your Car

When filling up their cars’ gas tanks, people will oftentimes choose the cheapest type of fuel simply because it’s easier on the wallet. They all keep the car running, so what’s the big deal? Getting cheaper gas will be fine in the meantime, but it could be affecting your car in ways that you may not even notice until further down the road. There is an assortment of different types of fuel you’ll encounter at gas stations, and understanding the importance of using the proper fuel will help you take better care of your vehicle.

Diesel Fuel

This may seem like basic knowledge, but many people don’t know there’s a difference between diesel fuel and unleaded gasoline. Each fuel goes through combustion, which is essentially the process of igniting the fuel. Diesel is ignited by way of super-heated compressed air, while gasoline requires the combination of compressed air and fuel ignited by a spark. If you put diesel in a system designed for regular gas, the car will simply stop running because the engine cannot combust diesel fuel. Your vehicle will have to be towed and drained of the errant fuel, which is tedious and costly, often ranging from $500 to $1000.

Different Gasoline Grades

Unleaded gasoline is used most frequently in passenger vehicles but the different grades or levels of gasoline aren’t usually addressed. Drivers will usually see the higher price tag on the “plus” or “premium” options and immediately select the “regular” gas. What’s the difference, and how do you know what kind is best for your car?

Each grade of gasoline is defined by its octane rating. The higher the octane number, the more compression the fuel can withstand before detonating (igniting). In broad terms, fuels with a higher octane rating are used in high-performance gasoline engines that require higher compression ratios.

Every engine has different requirements or suggestions as to what will help it run properly and efficiently. In order to find out exactly what octane rating is best for your vehicle, the information can often be found inside the owner’s manual, by contacting the vehicle’s manufacturer or talking to an expert like the mechanics at Wrecktify Collision.

When you load your car with its optimal fuel octane rating or if you jump to the next “level”, your fuel efficiency and engine performance could be enhanced, depending on the vehicle and engine model. However, if you use a gasoline with a lower octane rating than recommended, there are long-term negative effects on your engine that range from the emissions system to power to mileage and overall performance.

In order to care for your car and its engine, contact the technicians at Wrecktify, where you’ll receive expert opinions on fuel usage and how to repair the damage done by using the wrong fuel.


Wreckitfy Collision! A Green County Body Shop

Wrecktify doesn’t just settle for simply being a body shop. We take pride in going above and beyond for our Green County customers and anyone else who walks through our doors. Our carefully selected technicians are proficient in the art of vehicular body work and passionate about what they do. But some of the people we see don’t know where to begin in the realm of car repairs or upkeep, or even really know exactly what a body shop is. And that’s totally normal – we’re here to help in any way we can. At Wrecktify, our goal is to make you comfortable as well as give you the service you need, and explaining why we do what we do is the best way to make that possible.

What is a body shop?

A body shop is a place where repairs to cars and other vehicles are performed. At Wrecktify, we take “body shop” to a whole other level. That’s why our location in Green County is a hot spot for people all around Wisconsin and even northern Illinois. Anything car related, we’ve got you covered, and we don’t just stop at conventional repairs. Our technicians are skilled in full body repairs, vintage restorations, and also minor cosmetic touch-ups. An extensive amount of care goes into each process, and we love to talk about what we can do to assist you.

Collision Repair

Car accidents are the worst, plain and simple… Since we restore entire vehicles from top to bottom, anything short of a total loss, we can handle! We work with you every step of the way to ensure you’re secure and confident in us and how we handle your vehicle’s collision repair. Whether the damage is minor or major, we’re prepared to help you in any way we can.

Restoration

Full vehicle restorations aren’t for the faint of heart. You need to have knowledge of every part of a vehicle to complete a project from beginning to end. Some of our clients don’t possess that knowledge, so we handle all the work allowing our them to watch the progression of their vehicle from a bucket of bolts to a brand new piece of machinery with all the feels and aesthetics from the day it first rolled off the production line… Plus or minus a few modifications!

Detailing

The most frequently used services we offer are our detailing packages. More than just going through the local car wash, we make sure we clean every nook and cranny on the inside and outside of your car. We offer an array of packages to ensure every need is met. The experts at the shop recommend regular detailing in order to prevent damage to the car’s exterior or underside.

We understand that not everyone is “well versed” in the world of automobiles. Everyone was the same way at one point! But once you understand the basics of your cars needs and what taking good care of a car entails, the prospect of visiting a body shop and talking the issues through seems less daunting. At Wrecktify, we want to be accessible to anyone who needs help. Our Green County body shop is a destination for anyone in the towns of Monroe, Albany, New Glarus, Monticello, Exeter, or anyone who wants their car to be exceptionally taken care of. Call our shop to make an appointment with the experts today and get the service and expertise you expect.


How to Wax a Car

Waxing Your Car

Waxing the exterior of your vehicle gives it that fresh, enviable shine, and even protects the paint job from damage and oxidation. But a DIY job can go incredibly wrong if you don’t know exactly when and how to wax your car. That’s why the technicians at Wrecktify are professionally trained in the art of waxing, and they recommend you utilize their expertise when the time comes for a touch-up. There is an intricate, sometimes extensive process to go through in order to wax a car, and knowing it will help you understand why Wrecktify experts do what they do and how well they do it.

Pre-Wax Prep

As with almost anything, the prepping phase is just as important as the actual “main course,” possibly even more so. Before the wax touches your car, the exterior has to be spotless so the wax will adhere to the paint instead of the grime, allowing the results last longer. Applying polishing solution will be the next step. There could be scratches or uneven coloring on the paint not easily seen by the naked eye, and this step will help provide a more flawless finish. Finally, make sure the process is done in a cool, contained environment. Temperature changes or warmer climates may hinder the effectiveness of the wax, so it’s often recommended to wax your car in your garage where there is limited light and controlled conditions. Wrecktify’s technicians have mastered the art of how to wax a car. We maintain a perfect waxing environment so the end product is beyond what you even hoped for.

Finishing the Job

Finding the perfect wax for your car can be tricky, expensive, and confusing. How do you know which one will do the trick? At Wrecktify, we have access to the best products on the market to take the guesswork out of the process for you. But if you’re looking into the products yourself, remember, you get what you pay for. Typically, experts suggest purchasing waxes with genuine Carnauba even though they have a larger price tag. The cheaper “cleaner wax” is risky because it is abrasive and could melt away the clear coat on your car. Spray waxes only last a couple of weeks at best. While waxing, use the foam applicator that’s included with most waxes. Add a silver dollar sized dollop of wax to the foam applicator, and apply in a circular, overlapping motion to a 2×2 ft area at a time. Then, wait a few minutes until the wax is dried, and use a microfiber towel to buff away the dried wax in a circular motion similar to the application process. A good wax job is applied and buffed meticulously, which is exactly how the Wrecktify technicians are trained. Our team members are determined to deliver the best results possible, and they have the skill to back it up.

Waxing your car yourself, while possible, is a complicated process. So when your car’s in need of a touch-up, Wrecktify has you covered. We offer several detailing packages starting at just $135, with options ranging from simple to elaborate so that all your car’s needs are met. Our technicians are passionate about cars and helping you keep yours in tip-top shape. Contact us for an appointment today!


Your Madison Collision Repair Service Shop

We realize not everyone is familiar with what a collision repair service does in general, much less our business in specific. So for those who have not been introduced to the car restoration world, meet your local repair shop in Madison, Wisconsin. We’re Wrecktify, and we offer quality services unmatched by any other repair shop you’ll come across. Our technicians are well trained and have a passion for restoring and repairing vehicles, which shows in the high-quality work we produce. Our business focuses on three aspects of car maintenance: detailing, collision repair, and restoration. Whether you’re a classic car fanatic or someone who wants to keep their vehicle looking nice and in good shape, we have the right service package to fit your needs.

 

Detailing

The most basic and commonly used service is our detailing packages. They span both interior and exterior, from deep cleaning to a simple wash and wax. These are regular tune-ups we recommend everyone take advantage of so their car is in the best shape possible. There’s a difference between having your car washed and having it detailed, and detailing takes your car and its appearance to the next level. With four different price options, you’ll find a package just right for you and your car.

Collision Repair

Our collision repair services provide unparalleled flexibility in every way. We’re able to work with all insurance companies to keep you covered, and our expert technicians are trained to work with any car, no matter the make or model. Every type of damage you could be dealing with, from simple dents to frame straightening and alignment, we can handle with ease. No job is too big for us to take on! We even help you with rental services while your car is in our care. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to providing exceptional repair service. When you’re dealing with the frustrating experience of a car wreck, we try to alleviate as much stress as possible and take care of the problem the only way we know how: the right way.

Restoration

For the classic car, street racer, or hot rod collector, we offer restoration services unequaled by anyone else in the business. Our technicians have a passion for vintage cars, and their workmanship shows it. They are able to take on the big jobs such as engine, transmission, and axle rebuilds, and the cosmetic repairs including body and paint work. Wrecktify restoration experts possess painstaking attention to detail so every job is done with the highest quality craftsmanship.

We offer a wide variety of services with unmatched flexibility and mastery. Whether you’re looking to give your car a bit of a facelift or you’re in need of a complete rebuild and repair, we’ve got you covered. So now that we’ve been informally introduced, we hope to meet you in person soon! Visit our website to set up an appointment or stop by today. The Madison collision repair service experts at Wrecktify are excited to bring your dream car to life.


Are Directional Tires Worth the Cost?

If you’re thinking about the possibility of purchasing directional tires, the first thing you’re likely to notice is the cost of this type of tire is higher than other tires. Don’t let the price tag stop you from at least considering the benefits of installing directional tires on your car. The experts at Wrecktify Collision & Repair want you to understand and be able to fully assess the decision at hand.

Directional tires possess a variety of benefits and purposes, and in order to decide whether or not to utilize them, we want you to know all about the benefits they provide.

Why So Expensive?

The key “con” of directional tires is typically the price. But what makes these tires more expensive than symmetric or asymmetric tires? The answer is surprisingly straightforward: the rubber compounds that allow the tires to reach a higher performance level and grip the road better is what boosts the price tag. Simply put, directional tires are more expensive because they’re just better!

Safetydirectional tires

Directional tires are made to be ideal for all types of weather and the sometimes crazy swings in temperatures that come around seasonal changes. When the roads are wet, the V-shaped pattern of the treads pushes the water to the outsides of the tires. This enables consistent traction on the pavement and reduces the risk of your car slipping or hydroplaning. Whether the weather calls for snow, rain, or sunshine, directional tires will ensure you and your family will remain safe when you’re on the road. It’s a significant plus.

Handling

Even if you aren’t going to be dealing with a large amount of rain and snow, directional tires are the best for optimal handling on dry pavement. These are the tires you’ll find on race cars and professional drivers’ cars so you can expect to have a heightened driving experience. In other words, directional tires can make any car just a little more fun to drive. When you’re driving at a higher speed, you can rely on your tires to maintain control and stability on the road, again ensuring that you remain safe in your car.

Fuel Efficiency

Because directional tires have better traction and handling, they will increase your car’s fuel efficiency. Of course, your driving patterns and acceleration habits will affect your gas mileage regardless of the type of tires. However, directional tires have less “rolling resistance” because of their design, and therefore require less force to accelerate out of a turn or at traffic light.

Though the price tag on these tires is oftentimes daunting to potential buyers in comparison to the standard symmetric or asymmetric tire patterns, most experts would say directional tires are worth the extra investment. For the safety of you and your family and an overall superior driving experience, these tires will live up to the hype. Our technicians at Wrecktify would be more than happy to share their expertise and experience with you, so don’t hesitate to call!

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What Are The Benefits Of Gap Insurance?

Gap insurance, otherwise known as “guaranteed auto protection,” is insurance designed to cover the difference between a car’s actual cash value and the balance of the loan financed when the car was purchased. If your car is totaled, gap insurance provides you with full coverage in case you still owe a remaining loan amount. As the name implies, it fills the gap between what you owe and the car’s value. What arwhat are the benefits of gap insurancee the benefits of GAP insurance you might ask? This form of protection is both beneficial and convenient, covering worst-case scenario, offering flexible payment options, and expediting the replacement process of your vehicle.

Protection When The Worst Happens

Purchasing a brand new car is usually a very happy day. However, as soon as you drive it off the lot, your new car is technically not brand new and immediately depreciates. Sometimes this depreciation can be as drastic as losing 20-30% of the total value.

This depreciation has no impact on your loan amount. It remains the same and needs to be paid off, no matter what circumstances the vehicle or driver may encounter. For example, if the vehicle is lost, stolen, or totaled (deemed unfit to drive), the remainder of the loan is still owed. This is where gap insurance comes in making up the difference between the car’s depreciated value and the remaining balance. Without gap insurance, that difference is now a burden the driver must bear. Combined with new payments for a replacement vehicle. You can clearly see how GAP insurance has the potential to save a driver thousands of dollars in lost money in the event of a disaster.

Payment Options

Because gap insurance is technically separate from your typical monthly car insurance, there is no obligation to pay for it the same way you pay for your coverage. You can decide to pay for the entirety of the gap coverage in one fell swoop or incorporate smaller payments into your monthly car insurance premium. Your available funds and cash flow will help you decide what works best for you.

There are also instances in which the purchase of gap insurance does not immediately have to be implemented when someone buys a vehicle. Some dealerships offer the coverage for twelve months after the initial purchase of the car, allowing you to have time to evaluate your need for the coverage. GAP insurance is also convenient because it is meant to last for the same amount of time as the car loan. When the loan is paid off, there is no need to pay for the extra coverage because there’s no longer a gap to cover.

Speedy Replacement

There’s no escaping the stress caused by theft, an accident, or the complete totaling of what is most likely your only mode of transportation. You’ll have to deal with insurance claims, police reports, and still, make payments on the totaled vehicle. You may even be effected by health problems caused by the accident. With so many things to do, the last thing you want to worry about is purchasing another vehicle and handling the additional payments that come along with it. Buying a GAP insurance policy would ensure that you are not responsible for the balance of a loan on a financed vehicle.

 

If you are involved in a damaging accident, the technicians at Wrecktify want to help relieve your stress and fix your vehicle. Our location in New Glarus, Wisconsin allows access to residents of both Wisconsin and Chicagoland. Visit wrecktifycollision.com to make an appointment with our experts for a collision estimate and repair.


What to Do After A Car Crash – Part 2

The turn in the new year does not reflect a change in our nasty midwest winters. This unfortunate truth also comes hand-in-hand with decreased visibility and traction on snowy, icy, and rainy days. While you may be taking precautions to drive safe, the same cannot be said for the other drivers on the road. The next best step that you can take is being prepared for what may happen after an accident occurs.

Document And Take Pictures

What to Do After A Car CrashIf you are able to photograph the scene and the damages from the crash, you will be able to better remember and share all important and pertinent information with the police, insurance companies, and any repair specialists. Be sure to take down the time, date, location, name, insurance company, and license plate of the other vehicles in the crash. The more information you can get, the better off you will be. This information is often taken by the police but it is important you have the information for your records as well.

File an Insurance Claim

One reason for taking detailed notes and photos is to assist you in making a claim to your insurance company. As many of us know, insurance claims can be a headache but with proper documentation and detailed reports, it can help ease some of the stress involved. Be aware, in the state of Wisconsin, it is every vehicle owner’s right to choose their repair shop. Some insurance companies may suggest a specific shop they would like you to use to but it is not within their authority to tell you when you have to take your repair.

Seek Medical Attention

If you have dire injuries, make sure an ambulance is called immediately. If your injuries are mild or nonexistent at the moment, check on all involved in the accident to ensure their safety as well. It is highly recommended that you be examined by a doctor shortly after your car accident to ensure your health and physical condition are not compromised. If you do experience aches, bruising, or any other symptoms within a week of your accident, be sure to report these to your doctor to rule out internal bleeding or other dangerous and life-threatening situations.

Take Your Carl to a Collision Repair Specialist

After you ensure your health, it’s time to assess the damage to your vehicle. The best way to do this properly is to take it to a collision repair specialist. An experienced mechanic can take a look at your vehicle and assess the damage and the necessary repairs to make your vehicle look like new again. The damage may be internal as well and they can ensure each component of your vehicle is working correctly and fix those that are not.

Wrecktify Collision knows that accidents are unavoidable but the care you take afterward is essential. Your health and safety is our first priority and the proper restoration of your vehicle is our second priority. With expert team members and years of experience, there is no one you can trust more than Wrecktify Collision. Contact us to learn more about our services.