Tips For Buying Pre-Owned

Buying a pre-owned vehicle doesn’t have to be a gamble and you don’t have to be an aficionado. The best buyer is an informed buyer and Wrecktify wants to help you be just that. We’ve compiled some of our best tips for considering a pre-owned vehicle.


The first step is knowing your budget. Living within your means and keeping in line with your budget should be a top priority for all good purchases. Bear in mind you will need to budget for monthly payments and regular maintenance. You should also know the general amount of money you can spend on gas and insurance each month; the difference could determine if you purchase a gas-guzzling truck or an economical sedan.

Accident History/Recalls

This is a big deal. We know that vehicles can be in a serious accident and be repaired to look like new, we do it all the time! Be sure that you are given a full accident report and research the vehicle recall history to ensure you are driving a safe vehicle. By looking into a car’s make, model, and year you can be thoroughly informed of the possibilities of future repairs it may need and other general expenses.


This may be the most commonly checked factor when purchasing a pre-owned vehicle. Everyone knows that high mileage doesn’t sell well. But there are some fallacies with that assumption. Not all miles are the same. The first few seconds of a car running are where the majority of engine wear occurs. You could be looking at two identical cars, one with 64,000 miles versus one with 128,000, but the first was mostly city driving and rarely serviced and the other was majority highway and well taken care of. Of course, check the mileage but also check it’s driving and maintenance history.

Little Things

After all the major factors are considered, there are still some things you should verify before you drive off in your new ride.

  • Does the radio work?
  • Do all the lights turn on and off?
  • Can you adjust the front/bucket seats as needed?
  • Does the A/C and heat work? (You may be purchasing a new vehicle in the summer but when winter rolls around you don’t want to be stuck with the A/C on!)
  • Is there enough storage for your needs?
  • Does it make any unusual noises while driving or idling?

Sure, the big things are deal breakers, but even the little things count. They may not make-or-break, but they could potentially be a nice chunk off the sale price.

Buying pre-owned doesn’t have to be a hassle and a nice clean up doesn’t either! Come visit us after you purchase your vehicle, or with your current one, and let us help you with any auto repairs or detailing needs you may have.

Navigating Wisconsin Car Insurance

Navigating Wisconsin Car InsuranceWhile holding car insurance is a must in the state of Wisconsin, the hassle associated with it isn’t! Wrecktify Collision handles insurance claims regularly so we consider ourselves experts. We know being in an auto accident is stressful enough as it is, and we aim to help eliminate any unnecessary strain.

At Wrecktify, we take pride in our ability to walk you through each step of the repair process and answer any questions you have. We begin by giving a written estimate that includes all necessary information that you may need, and follow up by contacting your insurance company. We will work with any insurance company, but your provider may encourage you to contact a company they partner with. However, in the state of Wisconsin, it is your right to choose your repair auto shop. If you’re unsure of how to navigate the car insurance world, here are the basics.

Minimum Requirements

In Wisconsin, all drivers must meet the basic insurance requirements: liability, uninsured, and underinsured motorist. The minimal liability insurance needs to equal at least $25,000 per person for injury or death, $10,000 for property damage, and a total of $50,000 for multiple people in a single accident. Uninsured and underinsured requires the same, except for property damage. Of course, there are several additional optional coverage options. People commonly add collision, comprehensive, and/or medical. Remember to always carry proof of insurance in your vehicle!

Insurance Quote

There are several different factors that insurance companies take into account when quoting rates. Your car’s make, model, and year will be the first thing to consider, along with your driving record, credit history, insurance history, and the primary location your car is kept. For example, motorists who live in the city and park their car on the street are likely to be quoted a higher premium than those who live in the suburbs and park their car in a garage. Be sure to ask your insurance agent if they offer good driver, good student, multi-car, or homeowners discounts. If you package your homeowner’s insurance and driver’s insurance, you may be offered a lower rate as well.

Insurance Estimates

Auto estimates aren’t the same as quotes. Estimates are given based on pre-existing information the company has, not your actual information. This can be confusing, but unlike a quote, estimates are subject to change at any time. Once a quote is given and accepted by the customer it can’t be changed. It’s wise to compare quotes and estimates from different companies before you make your purchase. The more information you have, the more informed you can be to make the right decision for you.

Let us lighten your load and help ease you through your auto repair! We strive for 100% customer satisfaction and hope to hear from you soon. Contact us today!

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Summer Restoration Project

summer restoration projectAs summer heats up, the covers come off, the sunroofs open, and the windows roll down. Midwest winters are harsh but once they are over, it is time to break out the summer vehicles. However, if your favorite ride needs some work, that may be something you are not looking forward to. Don’t worry! Wrecktify Collision and Restoration is ready to help you have more fun and less stress this summer


Wrecktify specializes in restorations of all automobiles. Whether you want to build your dream car from scratch or bring your classic back to life, we are able to make your wish come true. We take every restoration project very seriously. We know it’s a privilege to work on your vehicle and even more so to build a vision with you. One of our body shop managers will walk you through the entire restoration process, answer any questions, and make sure they address any concerns you may have before the work begins


Your ride may be running fine but needs a bit of elbow grease. We understand your time is valuable so we offer numerous professional detailing services. From our basic detail package to our supreme detail service, you set the pace! Our detail plus is one of our more popular packages. It includes the basic detail (interior cleaning, wash, wax, and more) plus an interior shampoo and a clay bar treatment. The clay bar treatment enhances your clean surfaces and removes any contaminants left behind.

We also offer our Wrecktify Collision Special to any collision repair customer. You’ll receive $25 off any of our detailing packages if you schedule your detailing service within 30 days of your repair service. For any collision repairs including a paint job, you may be required to wait longer than 30 days to allow your paint to cure

Collision Repair

We take pride in our 100% customer satisfaction goal, which is why we offer a “written lifetime guarantee” for each project we do. Quality workmanship is imperative when it comes to collision repairs; you should be able to count on your vehicle for years to come. Time after time our customers rave about the quality and efficiency of our work. We know your first encounter with Wrecktify may be a collision repair, but we believe in building lifelong relationships and hope to work with you on all your auto needs.

Unlike some body shops, we work with all insurance companies! Wisconsin gives motorists the right to choose their repair facility. At Wrecktify, we take pride in our ability to walk you through the insurance process. We know dealing with insurance can be frustrating, but with our help, your repair process will seem like a breeze.

We believe there is no job too big or too small. Don’t let the fear of cost stop you – we offer free estimates and consultations! For more information on how Wrecktify Collision and Restoration can help brighten your summer, contact us today.

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The Collision Repair Process from Start to Finish

No one plans to wreck their car in an accident, but it occurs more frequently than most people realize. Whether it’s a minor fender bender or a massive collision, you will need to begin the vehicle repair process. Read on to learn about the collision repair process from start to finish.

Information Exchange

No matter how minor an accident seems to be, it can have heavy underlying damages that most drivers won’t see. As soon as you determine that everyone involved is okay, don’t forget to exchange your insurance and personal information. Give them all the information necessary, from your insurance card to your contact phone number. You should also take photographs of the conditions of both vehicles. Your claims advisor will more than likely want to compare this to his photos. Get contact information from any other witnesses to support your claim.

File an Accident Report of the Collision

If law enforcement comes to the scene of the accident, file a collision report with them, but if damages are minor and there are no injuries, you may file an accident report at the local police station.

Insurance Adjusters

Choose a well-known collision repair specialist to take your vehicle to that accepts all types of insurance to make sure you are covered. You can drive your vehicle to the shop or have it towed depending on the current condition. Bring your insurance claim number with you to the collision repair shop.


Your collision specialist will examine your vehicle, including the structural integrity, mechanical repairs, and cosmetic exterior repairs that are needed. All of these items are listed on your documents with the estimate for your insurance company. After approval, your repairs will begin.

Choosing a Professional Collision Expert

The best quality collision experts will be able to arrange for you to drive a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired. Professional collision shops will have a body shop manager that reports to you on a regular basis about the repair process. They will keep you updated on ordered parts and estimate when you can pick up your repaired vehicle.

Contact Wrecktify Collision & Restoration for all of your repairs. You will experience professional quality workmanship at a body shop that cares about their customers, and walks you through the process every step of the way. They go above and beyond to build lasting customer relationships in the Madison Wisconsin area. Experience “The Wrecktify Way” for yourself, contact us today.

Classic Car Restoration Wisconsin: Building Your Dream Car

Classic Car Restoration Wisconsin: Building Your Dream CarMany people dream about owning the latest vehicle models with all the bells and whistles included. However, if your dream car is something from the past, you won’t find it on the dealer’s showroom floor. Fortunately, any older dream car you find, for example a 1957 Chevy or a classic Corvette, can be fully restored with the right help.

What is Involved in Classic Car Restoration?

Classic vehicles from the 1950’s to the 1970’s can be restored to a brand-new appearance with all original parts. Choose a reputable shop that has experience in restoration processes for your project. A seasoned shop will have experience in all aspects of restoring your car from top to bottom as well as inside to outside. A shop that specializes in restoration will also have no problem finding the original parts for your vehicle.

Interior Restoration

The entire inside of your car should be restored to its original factory conditions. This step includes the carpeting on the floor, the seats, the door panels, and all of the instrument clusters. The headliner should be tight, and there should be nothing on the inside that was not originally in your car model. Even the rear view mirror can be attained from the original car design. Depending on the state of your car at purchase, it may only need some of the interior items updated, while others will need a total transformation.

Exterior Restoration

The first thing everyone will notice about your classic car is the exterior. Whether you are driving it on a long and winding road with the convertible top down or you are featured at a car show, you need the exterior to be absolutely flawless, or people will look no farther than the outside. A full restoration usually involves stripping the body panels off to get to the bare metal framework. All old traces of paint should be removed and sanded smooth for the foundation of a new paint job.

Engine Restoration

Most car restorations will include bringing engine back to the factory specifics. Many people choose their classic vehicle because they loved the sound of the finely tuned engine of a muscle car. All parts are stripped off the engine, and each one is examined carefully by trained personnel to determine if the parts need replacing, repairing, or if it is the original for that model. The transmission and rear axle may need to be rebuilt along with replacements or repairs to other items such as brakes, suspension and chassis.

Choosing a Restoration Shop

When choosing a shop to work on your classic car, you need to make certain that they have all of the equipment to do the job correctly. Your shop of choice should have experienced technicians. If the employees are passionate about their restoration work, you will be pleased with the outcome. Your vehicle will either need a partial or full restoration, but it can be transformed. Contact us for classic car restoration in Wisconsin and you will discover why Wrecktify Collision & Restoration is the premier choice for restoring your classic car.

Why Get Your Car Detailed?

Everyone knows when selling your car, having it professionally detailed will increase its resale value. But detailing provides other benefits besides more cash in your pocket. It can also improve the reliability and safety of your car.

More Than Looks

Not every reason for detailing a car is cosmetic. Professional detailing improves the health of your car and helps you keep it in great condition. If you are meticulous about changing the oil and spark plugs, you should develop a similar detailing schedule. The improvement you’ll see in safety, reliability, and beauty of course, will make the extra effort worthwhile.

What Detailing Can Do For You

  • The scourge of Why Get Your Car Detailed?rock salt is a hazard your car faces every winter. Road salt mixes with mud to build up in your wheel wells and under your chassis. If left there, this mud/salt mix will corrode through your paint. Damage done to the chassis is far easier and much less costly to prevent than repair.
  • You can extend the life of your car’s paint by proper cleaning, polishing, and waxing on a regular schedule. The paint is protecting the metal underneath; do not allow it to degrade or rust.
  • Headlights and taillights that aren’t clean and free of damage are a safety hazard to you and to other drivers. Reduced visibility is never a good thing.
  • Regularly interior cleanings mean you do not have to hear your children ask, “What’s that smell?” over and over. Detailing removes foul odors and protects surfaces in your car’s interior from fading and cracking. A cracked dashboard is sure to drop the resale value.
  • Normal driving exposes your car to slush, oils from the roads, solvents, brake dust, and fluids. You can imagine the array of chemicals you drive through on the highway. When detailing your wheels and tires, you reduce the risk of cracks and corrosion; and they look fantastic, too!

Resale or Trade-In Value

There is no disputing the positive effects detailing a car can have when looking to sell or trade in for an upgrade. People who buy used cars from dealerships expect those cars to be fully detailed. Those sold by private owners are often not always treated as nicely.

When you show a potential buyer a professionally detailed car, they know you took great care of this car. It can reassure a buyer that the car is not hiding any hidden salt/mud deposits in the chassis. He or she knows the interior won’t smell of corn chips and baby formula. These are all positive impressions that can help you get a much better price for your used vehicle.

Madison Car Detailing Tips for Winter

How to Care for Your Car Before and During Winter.

Cold weather, along with winter snow and ice, can cause a multitude of problems for your car and your driving. Salted roads and built up layers of ice take a toll on your car’s finish and undercarriage. At Wrecktify, we have created a few tips to help you keep your car in good condition throughout this winter season.

  1. Apply a protective wax coat to your vehicle. Winter weather will dull and eventually corrode your cars shiny exterior. Consider washing and waxing your vehicle in the late fall, before the colder months hit. When applying wax, concentrate on the lower areas of your car. Don’t wait too long to apply the protective coat on your car because cold weather can render your work useless. Wax is best applied in a warm or heated environment and can protect your car from salt, road chemicals, and that dreaded winter sludge.
  2. Drain and flush your radiator. Radiators should be drained and flushed at least once a year. Your radiator works extra hard in the winter, so give it a proper cleaning and fresh fuel. Many automotive and supply stores offer green disposal services where you can dump the waste, and fall is the ideal time to do it.
  3. Check your thermostat. The severity of winter cold and extreme temperature variations can wreak havoc on your thermostat. Minor breakdowns occur more in the winter due to faulty or old thermostats than any other cause. Any auto body shop can check the condition of your thermostat, and if necessary, replace it.
  4. Check your tires and your fluids. Tires will lose about 1 psi for every 10 degree drop in temperature. You do not want to take a drive in under-inflated tires during the winter, so check your tire pressure regularly. A common mistake is to overfill your tires, which can be just as dangerous as under-inflating. Besides tires, don’t forget to evaluate your antifreeze, oil, and windshield wiper fluid levels.
  5. Stash your trunk. You don’t want to be caught unprepared in winter weather. Even if you don’t need supplies for yourself, you can help somebody else out! Keep your trunk full with windshield scrapers, a spare tire, and warm protective clothing. Knowing you have equipment in case of emergency will give you peace of mind.

    Practice Safe Driving

As always, please practice safe driving during this cold season. Winter weather causes all kinds of wrecks due to unsafe road conditions and unwary drivers. Wrecktify Collision and Restoration is here to help if an accident does occur; we will get you back on the road.


Collision Tips from Wrecktify: Your Dane County Body Shop

Every winter, feeling safe on the roadCollision Tips from Wrecktify: Your Dane County Body Shop becomes harder. Rain, ice, and visibility can all lead to a higher risk of car accidents and collision. First and foremost, practicing safe driving techniques, like following at a safe distance and driving at a steady speed, can prevent most major accidents. Controlling the other drivers on the road, however, is impossible. Each year, 24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement; and 15 percent of accidents happen during snowfall or sleet. Thus, if you do get into a collision, below are five tips to get your vehicle back on the road again, quickly and safely.

Take Pictures

Keep a disposable camera in the glove compartment, even if you have a camera on your phone—it is helpful when batteries are dead or you have lost/forgotten your phone. This will allow you to document any other vehicles in the collision, damage done, and other pertinent evidence. This is crucial in the case of any disputed responsibility of the collision.

Take Notes

Whether in case of collision or any other daily circumstance, keeping a pen and paper around to jot down a quick note is helpful for any driver. This will be especially helpful in filing your police report. Write down as many details as you can remember about the collision, such as when you realized something was wrong, what portions of the vehicle were damaged, what speed you were going, what sounds you heard, etc. While it is nerve-wracking in the moment, jotting this information down will help once the shock wears off and the details start to fade.

Locate Car Repair Shops

You will most likely need a repair quote for your insurance company, and to get your car back on the road. Non-totaled vehicles make up more than 90% of collision claims, in other words, nine out of ten vehicles are repairable. Keeping an accurate list of repair shops within 25 miles of your home can help get you back on the road faster, as most accidents happen within 25 miles of home. Furthermore, when traveling you can plan ahead and look up repair shops in the areas you will be staying. Wrecktify Collision is a reliable collision repair shop that focuses on serving Madison, WI and the surrounding area. They focus on building long-term relationships with their customers based on quality service, while bringing 25 years of experience to the table. Services include restoration, collision repair, auto detailing, and more.

Safe driving techniques and accident preparedness will help keep you safe while driving in the winter. If you do get into an accident, Contact us for a repair quote. Wrecktify will get you back on the road.

All About Wrecktify: Our Services and Specialties

All About Wrecktify: Our Services and SpecialtiesLocated in New Glarus, Wisconsin, Wrecktify Collision and Restoration is a full service auto body shop with a reputation for integrity. With over 60 years combined experience and expertise, our specialists at Wrecktify strive to provide unmatched quality, workmanship, and service, while remaining active in cultivating lifelong relationships throughout the community.

Superior Collision Repair Services

An automobile accident is both terrifying and traumatic. From dealing with your injuries, the insurance company, and finding the most reputable auto body shop, the process is time-consuming and daunting. Here at Wrecktify, we truly care about your well-being and will work quickly and efficiently to help you regain your balance.

With our state of the art facility and our expert staff, we take pride in our ability to work on any make or model, and repair any and all types of damage. From frame straightening, welding, bumper replacement, alignment, new windshield or dent repair, no job is too large or too small. You will additionally appreciate our attention to detail with the computerized color matching technology utilized in our cutting-edge spray booths, ensuring an impeccable paint job every time. We stand behind our work and offer a lifetime guarantee on all our repairs.

Classic Car Restoration

Do you remember your first vehicle? All of us here at Wrecktify certainly do. Nothing quite compares to the feeling of nostalgia that washes over you upon laying eyes on your first ride, or your favorite classic. Our shop can build or restore classics, hot rods, and street cars back to their original glory with advanced engine, transmission and rear axle rebuilding capabilities. We also service the chassis, suspension and brakes, and will also restore any interior. Finally, our technicians provide such show-stopping body and paint work that you will be proud to show her off for years to come.

Professional Auto Detailing Services

Our first-rate detailing services range from basic to supreme, and include services such as washing and waxing, window cleaning, thorough interior vacuuming and shampooing, tire shine and Rain-X. Our detail plus service even offers a clay bar treatment to remove embedded surface contaminates that a traditional maintenance wash leaves behind. Using a clay bar on your exterior will leave the surface glass-smooth and properly prepped.

At Wrecktify, we realize that not every vehicle requires complete reconditioning. Sometimes only a facelift is necessary to bring your car or truck back to showroom condition. Daily wear and tear leaves unsightly surface damage to your vehicle. Be sure to stop by for that extra attention required every season to keep your ride clean and vibrant.

The #1 Choice

Remember, in the state of Wisconsin, you have the right to choose your own auto body shop after an accident. We work with all insurance companies, so do not be bullied into using a shop you do not know or trust. 100% customer satisfaction is our top priority at Wrecktify Collision and Restoration. Our managers will take the time to explain every step to repairing or restoring your vehicle, and will keep you up to date on the progress so you will never need to wonder. We work hard to ensure a positive experience for all our customers, making us the #1 choice in auto repair, restoration, and detailing. Contact us for a free estimate.

Put Your Classic Car Restoration On Cruise Control

Put Your Classic Car Restoration On Cruise ControlIf you have an old car that needs a loving restoration, count on the automotive experts at Wrectify Collision to bring your car to engine revving life. Although it says “Collision” in our name, that is only the beginning of our services. We provide quality repair on cars to make a living, but we build hot rods, customs, and work on classic car restoration projects with genuine attention to detail.

Maybe your classic has sat under a tree for too long and isn’t so classic looking anymore, or perhaps you have a garage car you haven’t driven since you picked it up at the dealers thirty years ago in pristine condition. We can handle either one, and do anything you need from complete frame off restorations, to custom accessories like after market air conditioning, or high performance power upgrades. When it comes to classic car restorations at Wrecktify, the tachometer is the only limit.

One of the most important things to look for when choosing a shop for your classic car restoration, is the ability for the company to do most of the project work on site. It is one thing to send out the new seat upholstery work to a proper tailor, but you want your paint guy and your body guy working side by side, and of course, end to end mechanical services as well. When a well tuned team works together, the finished product is always better than when things are pieced together at various shops over a period of time. Wrectify is a full service collision and custom car restoration company, and we will go out of our way to make sure your finished vehicle meets your expectations on every level.

We can help you restore your classic pickup truck, add power to that old muscle car, install air conditioning into a stock sedan, and just about every other upgrade, modification, restoration, or repair you can think of. Put your project in the hands of professional car lovers, and set your mind at ease while we work on your ride.

Classic car restoration can be tricky business, most people who begin the project on their own never actually finish. Costly beginner’s mistakes, lack of time, trouble finding parts, and ongoing new problems that crop up as work progresses prevent the realization of the dream car for many weekend amateur mechanics. Fortunately, Wrecktify is here to help you get the job done. Nicely restored classic and collectible vehicles rarely go down in value, so contact Wrecktify today to get your classic car restoration project rolling.