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Purchasing a Vehicle, Let Us Help


                After filing taxes and getting the return, the next move is to decide what to do with your refund. Some choose to add the amount into saving, while others make a purchase. The most popular purchase that is made is a vehicle. Since it is tax season, using the refund as a down payment helps in the long run.

More and more people are buying used vehicles over new ones. There are many incentives to buying a used over a new vehicle. It helps save money on insurance, registration, taxes and depreciation. Vehicles today are very reliable and so it just makes sense to go the used route.

Buying a vehicle can be very stressful for everyone. At A&J Collision Repair, we want to help make that process easier. There are several steps that can be taken to ensure the purchase of a vehicle is a good one. Some steps that can be taken prior to even stepping onto a car lot would be to: set your budget, choose the right vehicle, check reliability and ownership costs, locate good used vehicles, price the vehicle, check the vehicle history report, contact the seller, go on a test drive, negotiate the best price, and close the deal. These are all important factors to consider since a vehicle is a big purchase for anyone.

Setting the Budget

When purchasing a vehicle there are only two ways to purchase it; paying cash or taking out a loan. If paying with cash, that makes budgeting simple. However, it is best to not spend all the contents of the savings. There needs to be money set aside for registration and insurance. If using a loan, it is best to put 10% down and finance the vehicle for three years.

Choose the Right Vehicle

The most fun part, picking your vehicle. It is important to take inconsideration what the vehicle will be used for. Narrow the field by making a list of must have features. Based on that list, search for models that will fit your needs best.

Check Reliability and Ownership Costs

Every used vehicle is different. Some have gone more miles than others and some have more wear and tear. It is best to pick a vehicle known for dependability. While some cars are cheap to buy, they may have issues in the long run because of maintenance and repairs.

Locate Good Vehicles

There are lots of websites that list used vehicles. Each site has its own character. Go with that best fits your list of needs.

Price the Vehicle

Once there are several models of vehicles chosen, look up their price. This can be done through several vehicle model pricing guides found online such as Kelly Blue Book and NADA. When doing this make sure to include the year, make, model, options (such as navigation), mileage, and condition level.

Check the Vehicle History Report

It is good to run a history report on the vehicle before ever going to see it. Running the report only requires the VIN number. This is to make sure there is a clean title, any serious accidents, and if there was regular maintenance done on the vehicle.

Contact the Seller

By calling the seller, you will get a lot of questions answered and it will save you some time. A few basic questions to ask are: how many owners have there been, are the service records available, do you have the title and is it clear, can I have the car inspected by a mechanic?

Test Drive the Vehicle

Until now the vehicle has not been driven. When you go to test drive make sure to drive on various roads, (hills, rough pavement, curves and a stretch of highway), that way you can feel how it drives on all road types. You will want to pay attention to the following: visibility, acceleration and cornering, brakes, ergonomics, mechanical condition.

Inspect the Vehicle

If the vehicle drives well and seems to be in good condition, it should still be taken to a mechanic. Here at A&J Collision Repair, we offer a free pre-purchase inspection. You can bring a vehicle that you are hoping to purchase, and we can inspect it for you. We will look it over and make sure that all components are working properly.

Negotiate the Best Price

This part of buying a vehicle always stresses people. If you have done the proper research, this will be a piece of cake. When offered the price compare it to the average market price. It is up to the seller to either accept your offer or make a counteroffer.

Close the Deal

Before taking ownership of your vehicle, add it to your insurance. Then, you will only need to pay for the vehicle. Make sure to get the title and have the seller sign it correctly. Once the sale contract is signed, the vehicle is yours. Take time to review the contract and do not let yourself be pressured into signing it just to get it over with.

Emily Patterson

Receptionist, A&J Collision Repair

1215 Thomas G Wilson Dr

Conway, AR 72032


Driving in the Rain


Singing in the rain is fun. But driving? For some people, it’s anxiety-producing. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are on average more than 950,000 automobile crashes each year due to wet pavement, resulting in approximately 4,700 deaths and 384,000 injuries.


But being behind the wheel and a rain-splattered windshield doesn’t have to be a white-knuckled, nerve-racking experience. Brent Praeter, a supervising instructor at D&D Driving School, Inc. and a member of the Driving School Association of the Americas, both in Kettering, Ohio, offers these tips for driving in a downpour:


Think. “Many people drive subconsciously, out of habit,” says Praeter. “And when it rains, they often don’t adjust their thinking.” When conditions are less than ideal, drivers need to stay alert and focused on what’s going on around them.

Turn on those headlights. It’s the law in all states to turn on headlights when visibility is low, and many states also require having the headlights on when the windshield wipers are in use. Praeter says that well-working wipers and relatively new (not threadbare) tires also are must-haves when driving in rain.

Beware of hydroplaning. That’s the technical term for what occurs when your tires are getting more traction on the layer of water on the road than on the road itself—the result is that your car begins to slide uncontrollably. It’s easy enough to hydroplane: All you need is one-twelfth of an inch of rain on the road and a speed of more than 35 miles per hour. If you start to hydroplane, let off the accelerator slowly and steer straight until you regain control.

Turn off cruise control. Ironically, on rain- or snow- slick surfaces, cruise control may cause you to lose control. You might think it’ll help you stay at one steady speed, but if you hydroplane while you’re in cruise control, your car will actually go faster.

Slow down. “Speed limit signs are designed for ideal conditions, says Praeter, ‘and that means driving when you have little traffic and good visibility.” That’s hardly the environment you’re driving in when it’s raining, so let up on the accelerator and allow more time to get to your destination.

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We are excited to announce that we have the new A & J Collision Repair App for both the I Tunes and Google Play.

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I’m Jody Gatchell the owner of A & J Collision Repair.  We have been in business for 17 years in Conway, AR, we are located at 1215 Thomas G. Wilson.  You can reach us at 501.205.1218 or by email at jody@ajcollisionrepair.com.  You can visit our website at www.ajcollisionrepair.info for more information about your vehicles repairs and about us.   Where quality, professionalism and reliability collide.








Jody Gatchell


A & J Collision Repair








What You Should Know About Your Vehicle Safety Features


Car safety is much more than just airbags. Most people envision a safe vehicle as one that performs well in those ever-popular crash test dummy commercials. In reality, it’s much more than that.

Consumer vehicle safety is based on two things: how well a vehicle fares in a crash and the features it possesses to help the driver of that vehicle to avoid accidnent to begin with. Technology has greatly help improve this as well.

Avoiding a collision is ideal, but there will be times that an accident is unavoidable due to weather conditions, other drivers and other unforeseen circumstances. When it comes right down to it, are you safe in your car or SUV?

Let’s start with crash protection. Should you get into a accident with another vehicle, how well will your vehicle protect you? There are three types of crash tests: full-frontal (two vehicles hitting head on), side-impact (broad-sided accidents that most often happen when a driver runs a red light), and off-set frontal (the most common type – when one car turns into another car and the brunt of the impact is taken by either the front seat passenger or the driver). Airbags are probably the most important feature when considering the three types of crash tests. The vehicles that rate the best have both frontal airbags and side-impact airbags. Many models now offer head-curtain side impact airbags which are airbags mounted above the side windows instead of below them and better protect the head as opposed to the torso in an accident.

There is a website that I have found that will give you the safety ratings about the vehicle that you own or one that you are thinking about purchasing.   The site is called: http://www.safercar.gov/Safety+Ratings.  The site is easy to follow and has a lot of interesting information on it, so go ahead and check it out and find the ratings of your vehicle.

Many other vehicles also offer a variety of crash safety features (sometimes referred to as ‘passive’ safety features) like steel cage or steel side impact bars built into the vehicle’s frame or a collapsible steering column that “give” by retracting into the dash to avoid causing torso injuries like broken ribs for the driver.

While it goes without saying, seatbelts are also important in surviving accidents. They may be the single most important feature of a vehicle in terms of safety. Shoulder harnesses as well as lap belts are now standard in almost every new car in both the front and back seats.

As I’ve stated, features that help you avoid an accident are just as important. These are sometimes referred to as ‘active’ safety features because the driver can control the avoidance of an accident by using them.  One such feature is an antilock braking system (also known as ABS) which frequently helps to avoid accidents.

Lastly, for those individuals that say “they do not make them like they use to”, I have a YouTube video that I would like you to watch.  Here is the link to it, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ5PcWziXT0.  It amazed me the first time that I saw it, and based on the results I am glad that they have changed.

I’m Jody Gatchell with A & J Collision Repair. We have been in business for 17 years in Conway, AR, we are located at 1215 Thomas G. Wilson, Conway AR 72032.  Call us today at 501.205.1218 to assist you with your vehicle after an accident. You can also find us on the web at www.ajcollisionrepair.com. Where quality, professionalism and reliability collide.










Jody Gatchell


A & J Collision Repair



The Best Auto Body Experience You Will Receive


At A & J Collision Repair we want all our customers to feel that they are getting the best service possible.  Our office staff is very friendly and professional.  We are more than happy to pick up and deliver your car to you locally, or if needed give you a ride to where you need to go home, work or school, we will even stay late if you need us to.  When you get your car repaired at our facility we want to make sure that you understand the whole repair process.  We keep you informed while the repairs are being completed either by telephone, or if you have internet access you can log onto our website www.ajcollisionrepair.com and look at your vehicle while it’s being repair.  If you like friendly service then come by and see us, we are opened Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

I’m Jody Gatchell the owner of A & J Collision Repair.  We have been in business for 17 years in Conway, AR, we are located at 1215 Thomas G. Wilson.  You can reach us at 501.205.1218 or by email at jody@ajcollisionrepair.com. Where quality, professionalism and reliability collide.







Jody Gatchell


A & J Collision Repair



A & J Collision Repair is a full service auto body repair shop. We are located at 1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive in Conway Arkansas 72032. Come by and visit or give us a call at 501.205.1218.
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