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Five Ways to Protect Your Car From Summer Damage

Sunny Clouds in the SkyJust as UV rays can burn and damage skin, they can also wreak havoc on your vehicle’s paint job. Before summer kicks into high gear, it’s a good idea to come up with a plan to protect your paint job from sun fade and other summer damage.

As the weather heats up, it’s also common for dead bugs and bird droppings to land on your vehicle. As these break down, they release caustic substances which can eat away at your paint.

To keep your paint job looking its best when summer threatens to damage it, follow our tips, inspired by this post by State Farm.

  1. Wash your car thoroughly and frequently: Dirt and dust particles can cause microscopic scratches in your paint job that take away from your car’s luster.
  2. Apply a protective wax: This adds a protective layer between your paint and the sun’s UV rays. It also shields your car from dead bugs and bird droppings that may stick to it. Make sure you reapply the wax regularly.
  3. Protect leather seats with a leather conditioner: Leather seats are vulnerable to becoming brittle in the sun and cracking or tearing. That’s why it’s a good idea to regularly apply leather conditioner. Another great way to keep them safe? Invest in some seat covers.
  4. Park in the shade when possible: This is a simple way to keep sun damage at bay. Avoiding direct sunlight will prevent your paint from fading and your dashboard from cracking; not to mention, it will be more comfortable when you reenter your car.
  5. Take your vehicle to Young’s: Sometimes, damage to your paint is inevitable. In these cases, you can always take your car into Young’s so you can get fixed up with a fresh paint job.

Young’s Auto Body wishes you safe and fun summer driving!

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You Have a Great Group of Employees

Would like to Thank Lance and the whole crew at Young’s for the great repairs on my wife’s Kia Soul. Excellent job Emmett you have a great group of employees working for you. Thanks.

Andy S.

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The Customer Service Was Top Notch

Young’s did an excellent job fixing and painting a significant scratch on our Honda. The customer service was top notch and better yet, the car was ready when they said it would be! Lance was very attentive and delivered for a reasonable price!

We are very pleased with the work and will be taking our cars (4) here should we have any future collision work needed. Highly recommend!

Pam C.

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Deadly Driving Habits to Avoid

Nine of the ten deadliest days for teen driving occur over the summer, between May and August, according to a post by Bac Track. With Spring right around the corner, now is a good time to refresh your knowledge about safe driving habits. In the infographic below, you will find several pieces of information that will help you enjoy safe driving through the spring and summer.

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Great People to Work With

Our 2009 Subaru Outback was repaired by Young’s this week. Great people to work with. Repair work was excellent and done quickly. Jack was always ready to answer any questions. I would highly recommend this business and will use them in the future.

Ronald C.

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Tips for a Comfortable, Stress-Free Road Trip

Road TripPlanning a road trip in the new year? Long drives can be uncomfortable and stressful, but they don’t need to be! Check out our tips below for happy and safe travels on the road.

  • Pick a lane and stick to it. Not only is this safer than changing lanes, but research shows that even though other lanes may seem like faster options, it makes little difference in your arrival time.
  • Keep yourself nourished. Low-blood sugar is the pits. It can make you feel tired and cranky. Pack easy-to-eat, snacks that will fill you up. String cheese, nuts, dried fruit, veggies, dark chocolate, and jerky are good options. Don’t forget water! Pack some baby wipes while you’re at it. Check out this article for more detailed suggestions.
  • Choose your music playlist before you go. Shuffling through songs en route can be a distraction. Try adding books on tape, comedy specials, or podcasts for some variety. Make sure that each traveler has a say in what tracks make it onto your playlist. Check out this post for inspiration!
  • Keep your car organized. Make sure you have easy-access to everything—wet wipes, tissues, pain relievers, phone charger—before you leave. If you make frequent road trips, it’s a good idea to always keep a phone charger in your car. Trust us, one day you’ll forget to charge your phone at home.
  • Make frequent stops. While traveling, it’s important to stay hydrated. This means you will need to make frequent stops to use the restroom. This is good, as it gives you the chance to get up from your seat and stretch a little. This will get your blood flowing and make the drive more comfortable.
  • Leave early. Feeling rushed is never fun. It adds unneeded stress and may cause you to speed or make reckless choices. Give yourself ample time to arrive at your destination. If you’re worried about getting there too early, plan a backup activity like a coffee stop or site-seeing. Check the weather forecast the day before you leave, so you can plan to leave a little earlier if necessary.
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Summer: the 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

Cell_phone_use_while_drivingFor many teens, summertime means relaxing drives to the beach or rides with friends. Unfortunately, that often means distracted driving — a major cause of car accidents. According to AAA, the 100 days between May and August are the most dangerous ones for teen drivers. Now, they’re asking that parents be proactive in making sure their children have plenty of experience behind the wheel.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teen drivers, and for varying reasons. Teen girls are more likely to text while driving, while teen boys are more likely to be distracted by other teen passengers. Additionally, teen drivers statistically have three times as many accidents as adults who drive the same amount of miles. AAA says that the combination of distractions and inexperience is too often lethal for young people. In Pennsylvania alone, 17,023 drivers age 16 to 19 were involved in crashes in 2015.

AAA Mid Atlantic recommends the following to keep your teen driver safe this summer:

  • Eliminate trips with no purpose
  • Limit night driving
  • Restrict number of passengers
  • Keep open communication

One very effective method for keeping your teen driver safe is to come up with a parent-driver agreement.This way, your son or daughter knows there are conditions that allow vehicle access. These may include no texting while driving, no speeding, or no driving past 11pm.

For more information about educating your teen driver, take a look at this press release from AAA.

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Young’s By Far Had the Best Price and Service…

I have an ol’ 05 Nissan Altima that didn’t pass inspection due to the floor boards rusting out from the bottom.  I drove around to about 7 different places in West Chester and most of them declined to even do the job… apparently restoring rust isn’t cool or something.

Young’s by far had the best price and service for the repair and had it turned around in 2 days.

I would highly recommend considering them for hire!

Nate K.

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3-Week Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign in West Chester

seat beltBeginning May 16, 2016, 87 police departments throughout southeastern Pennsylvania are taking part in a seat belt enforcement effort. Police departments from Montgomery County, Bucks County, Delaware County, and Chester County, including West Chester, will be monitoring highways for drivers and passengers who don’t buckle up.

“The enforcement, coupled with educational outreach efforts, aims to increase seat-belt use and raise awareness of the state’s primary law stating all vehicle occupants under 18 years old must wear a seat belt. Drivers and front-seat passengers over 18 years old who are cited for another traffic violation will receive a second ticket if they’re unbuckled,” PennDOT said.

Click It or Ticket

The Click It or Ticket campaign will run through June 5 and include Memorial Day Weekend. Violators will be issued tickets of up to $75. Law enforcement will be especially focused on roadways with high numbers of unbelted crashes. PennDOT information tells us that wearing your seat belt can increase your chance of surviving a car crash by 60%.

According to PennDOT data, there were 3,440 crashes in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in 2015 in which people were not wearing seat belts, with 64 people dying in those crashes. The reported seat belt use rate in Pennsylvania decreased in 2015 to the lowest rate since 2005.

For more information, visit JustDrivePA.org.