Windshields & Paint Booths

Windshields play a vital role in the car’s safety systems, from supporting the roof in the case of a rollover accident, to deflecting passenger side airbags upon deployment. Although glass manufacturers are continually improving the strength of windshield glass with tempering and lamination, science and technology have yet to fully overcome the natural brittleness of glass.

Glass contracts with cold and expands with heat. On any given day, sudden temperature changes cannot be avoided. A rock chip, even the tiniest imperfection, can grow into a full crack across the windshield with as little as turning on the A/C in summer or cold raindrops hitting a hot windshield.

Vehicles are repaired and refinished at ambient temperature and then the refinished vehicle must go through a bake cycle at high temperature in the paint booth for the paint to properly cure. The temperature is slowly raised during the bake cycle to as high as 104° and slowly returned to room temperature. During the bake cycle, if there is an existing rock chip or small crack in the glass, the windshield may crack and need to be replaced.

Many insurance companies provide glass coverage as a separate policy with a much lower deductible. After the glass claim is filed, Mahnke can facilitate the windshield replacement while the vehicle is still at the shop.

Collision Repair Estimate Process for Severe Auto Body Damage

Traditionally, the visual Collision Repair estimate has been the industry’s go-to method for providing estimates to customers and insurers for all types of repairs from minor to severe. In most cases, a Visual Inspection estimate is the best solution for estimating dents, scratches, broken mirrors, hail damage, bumpers, fenders, and cracked glass.

Severe damage has become too complex to use a visual inspection for the initial estimate. A quick Google search reveals that any late model vehicle has dozens of digital and electronic sensors, a range of cameras, a multitude of new plastics, waterborne paint products, and precise repair operations supplied by the manufactures.

To best serve our customers, Mahnke Auto Body’s management has re-designed the estimating process for vehicles with severe damage, or “heavy hits,” resulting in faster turnaround times and reduced friction throughout the workflow. Rather than a single estimator, the collision repair planning process incorporates our team’s diverse skills and responsibilities. Also, the collision repair team is accountable for each repair.

The Collision Repair Process

The estimate process begins with written permission by the owner and insurance company. Mahnke’s Certified Body Technicians then completely disassemble the damaged area and any other related areas affected by the claim. The company’s term for this process is a “tear down.” All existing parts are carefully removed, tagged, bagged, documented, and stored on rolling racks beside the work bay.

Auto Collision Specialist - Mahnke Auto Body

Next, the Repair Planner, Estimator, Body Technicians, Paint Technicians, and Parts Manager inspect the vehicle together, using high tech scanners, manufacturer’s diagrams, estimating software and parts software. When ordering OEM parts, we research, document, and place the order for every vehicle with extreme precision.

Mahnke Auto Body’s end goal is for your estimate to accurately reflect the repair costs with zero changes and surprises when you collect your car. We also provide our customers with excellent repair experience throughout the process.

Mahnke Auto Body Collision Repair Team.

As in all things, there are variables which may cause a price difference, but Mahnke’s motivation to hit the mark is powerful. The coveted prize is an excellent repair and a happy customer who will stay with Mahnke for generations.

Collision Repair Evaluation - Mahnke Auto Body

Find Nearest Mahnke Auto Body Shop

Mahnke Auto Body is Colorado’s leading collision repair specialists. Let us know which shop is closest to you by visiting our locations page which includes the direct phone number for each auto body shop.

5 Advantages of Paintless Dent Repair

When Colorado storms hit, hundreds of vehicles are pummeled by hail in minutes. Consequently, auto body shops experience a spike in requests for estimates and hail repairs. Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) has proven to be a superb solution to repairing hail damage quickly, beautifully, and affordably.

PDR is Typically Less Expensive

PDR is usually less expensive because it eliminates the costs of labor, paint, and filler materials, plus the additional car rental days that conventional dent repairs would consume.

PDR is Insurance Approved

Most insurance policies cover PDR and widely recommended by insurance adjusters. After catastrophic storms, insurance companies set up “CAT Teams” to quickly process hundreds of estimates. Using PDR has helped insurance adjusters to keep premiums in check, in spite of reoccurring storms.

At Mahnke Auto Body, we specialize in Paintless Dent Repair and we proudly serve the Denver Metro Area. If you feel that paintless dent removal is a good fit for your car, contact us at 303-424-6091 or contact us on our website.

Paintless Dent Repair is Invisible

With PDR, the hail dent is completely removed by gently massaging the dent from the back of the panel or, with a different technique and tools, the front of the panel until it completely disappears. Each dent from hail damage can be repaired until it is invisible even in the brightest of lights. The original factory finish and color matching is never an issue because it remains the same.

Vehicle is Brought Back to Factory Specifications

Mahnke Auto Body restores any corrosion protection materials, caulking, or under panel adhesives if disturbed during the PDR process. PDR repairs without damaging or modifying structural components.

Quick Repair Time

With PDR, the prepping and repainting steps are completely eliminated saving hours of repair time. Customers need rental cars for fewer days and their lives return to normal more quickly.