Chicago Autohaus’ Best Automotive Collision Services
If you are looking for quality and precision auto body services, you have absolutely come to the right place. Chicago Autohaus is not just your standard body shop, in fact we try to model our entire culture opposite of what most have come to know as the “body shop industry” or “auto repair industry”. The automotive industry has such a stigma of smiling until the deal is made, providing sketchy work and then charging and arm for the services. We have taken the Chicago body shop industry by storm, setting the bar for what auto collision services should be and how customers absolutely need to be treated. As our slogan goes, “We meet by accident, but you leave as a friend”. We don’t just want business, we want relationships. More specifically the type of relationships that will continue to spread the word about just how great our body shop services are and what a breath of fresh air it is to deal with a company that isn’t only interested in your check.
Accidents happen. Whether you were in a fender bender that injured your bumper, need dent removal, or a major accident that crushed your passenger door, you can have it affordably and professionally fixed at our auto repair facility. You might need a dent pulled out, or a scrape painted over, either way, just head on over and let us take your damaged vehicle and return it looking like new.
We carry out computer twist, road force harmonizing and other tire services. You can also get brake repairs, suspension and steering system repairs, and other wide-ranging automotive repairs.
We also perform lube and oil changes for your vehicle, combined with other precautionary maintenance. Our ASE-certified technicians will precisely identify and diagnose the maintenance and repairs you need. We will customize your vehicle according to your needs, using the finest equipment.
We know the power of recommendations, which is why we strive to always leave you feeling completely satisfied. We understand how frustrating it can be when your truck isn’t able to drive, so we make sure to finish your repairs and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
If you are looking for dent repair, we also offer dent removal services. Though we offer a variety of topnotch auto repair services at affordable prices, some of our notable services include:
Why you should choose our collision shop?
Though there are several reasons that our collision repair shop happens to be a primary option to Chicago area residents for all of their automobile service and fixing needs, some of the notable reasons include:
All services are performed swiftly by an extremely polite staff and with outstanding rates. These services are available for most models and makes; American made, Japanese made, as well as German and Korean imports. All these services are carried out by highly skilled certified collision repair technicians.
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In a blow, twin attacks on Syrian security kill at least 32 | News OK
BEIRUT (AP) -- In synchronized attacks, insurgents stormed into heavily guarded security offices in Syria's central Homs city, clashed with troops and then blew themselves up, killing a senior officer and at least 31 others, state media and officials reported.
The swift, high-profile attacks against the Military Intelligence and State Security offices, among Syria's most powerful, were claimed by an al-Qaida-linked insurgent coalition known as the Levant Liberation Committee. A Syrian lawmaker on a state-affiliated TV station called it a "heavy blow" to Syria's security apparatuses.
The attacks came as Syrian government and opposition delegates meet in Geneva in U.N.-mediated talks aimed at building momentum toward peace despite low expectations of a breakthrough. The U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura called the attacks "tragic."
"Every time we had talks or a negotiation, there was always someone who was trying to spoil it. We were expecting that," he said.
Syria's ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar al-Ja'afari, who leads Damascus' delegation to Geneva, said the attacks were a message from the "sponsors of terrorism" to the peace talks.
Al-Ja'afari said the attacks will not go unanswered.
No footage or pictures emerged from the typically tightly-secured scene of the attacks in the city center. Activists said the city was on high alert after the attacks, with government troops blocking roads and forcing shops to close.
The government responded with an intense airstrike campaign against the only neighborhood on the city's outskirts still under opposition control and other parts of rural Homs.
The government regained control of the city of Homs -- one of the first to rise against President Bashar Assad -- in 2015. But al-Waer neighborhood remained in rebel hands. Settlement negotiations to evacuate it have repeatedly faltered.
The attack early Saturday was the most high-profile in a city that has been the scene of repeated suicide attacks since the government regained control. The head of Military Intelligence services Maj. Gen Hassan Daeboul, who was killed in Saturday's attack, had been transferred from the capital to Homs last year to address security failures in the city, according to local media reports at the time.
Daeboul was killed by one of the suicide bombers, according to Syrian State News Agency SANA.
Saturday attacks are among the most spectacular perpetrated against security agencies in the six-year-old conflict. One of the most dramatic attacks came in July 2012, when insurgents detonated explosives inside a high-level crisis meeting in Damascus, killing four top government officials, including the brother-in-law of President Bashar Assad and the then-defense minister.
Details emerging of the Saturday attacks reveal coordinated attacks that used a combination of armed assault and suicide attacks to breach the security offices.
The governor of Homs Province, Talal Barzani, told The Associated Press three blasts in total killed more than 32 people. He said the attackers were wearing suicide belts, which they detonated in the security offices. The two agencies are two kilometers (1.2 miles) apart, and according to activists from the city they are heavily guarded, and monitored with security cameras.
According to state-affiliated al-Ikhbariya TV, at least six assailants attacked the two security compounds in Homs' adjacent al-Ghouta and al-Mahata neighborhoods, clashing with security officers before at least two of them detonated explosive vests. It was not clear if there are any civilians among the casualties.
The head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdurrahman said the synchronized attacks killed at least 42 security officers and personnel.
The differing casualty estimates could not be immediately reconciled and are not uncommon in the immediate aftermath of violence in Syria.
Abdurrahman said the attacks started with clashes at the checkpoints. Then, three suicide bombers blew themselves up consecutively inside the courtyard of the Military Intelligence Services building as troops gathered. The attack briefly undermined the troops' control of the building, said Abdurrahman. That attack killed at least 30, the Observatory said.
In the meantime, a similar scenario was playing out at the State Security branch, where at least 12 were killed. Brigadier Ibrahim Darwish, head of the agency, was also critically wounded, according to al-Ikhbariya.
An al-Qaida-linked insurgent coalition, the Levant Liberation Committee, said five attackers stormed the two different security offices. The group said bombs were also detonated at checkpoints outside the buildings just as rescuers were arriving, leading to more casualties, according to a statement on their Telegram channel.
A Homs-based opposition activist Bebars al-Talawy said the attackers used gun-silencers in their initial attack, enabling them to enter the premise and surprise their target.
"This is the biggest breach of security agencies in Homs," al-Talawy said, speaking in a Skype interview. "They were almost inside the offices."
Al-Talawy said Daeboul was in charge of negotiating surrender deals with the rebel holdouts in al-Waer and other rebel-held areas in rural Homs.
The Syrian security forces run a vast intelligence network that enjoys great power and operates with little judicial oversight. Rights groups and Syria monitors hold the various branches responsible for mass arrests, torture, extrajudicial killings and firing on protesters.
In a February report, Amnesty International reported that between 5,000 and 13,000 people were killed in mass hangings in the military's Saydnaya prison in Damascus between 2011 and 2015. It said the detainees were sent to the prison from around the country by the state's four main security branches, including Military Intelligence.
After the attacks, Syrian opposition activists took to social media to recount stories of torture and abuse for which Daeboul was allegedly responsible. Before Homs, he managed a military intelligence unit believed responsible for some of the worst human rights abuses.
Meanwhile, government supporters hailed him as one of the country's best security officers, who "broke the back of the terrorists," a pro-government Facebook page posted. The government refers to all opposition as "terrorists."
Associated Press writers Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria, Philip Issa in Beirut, and Jamey Keaten in Geneva contributed to this report.
Emergency crews at the scene of the shooting.
CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- Salvador Tapia returned to the Windy City Core Supply warehouse where he had been fired six months ago and killed six of his former co-workers, police said Wednesday.
Tapia, 36, was then shot and killed in the last of three gunbattles with police, said acting police superintendent Phil Cline.
"It appears he went throughout the supply warehouse shooting them. They weren't all in one section, they were in different sections of the warehouse," Cline said.
Most of the victims were in an office near the front door.
"There's really only one way out and one way in," Cline said. "Once he's inside and by that front door, he's got them cornered."
One man escaped with his hands tied behind his back. He met police outside the warehouse to describe the scene inside, Cline said.
"We're not sure why he didn't shoot that victim," Cline said, adding the employee was the only one who had been tied. "His hands were tied behind his back, but he was still able to get out."
Police tried to enter the building but Tapia came out and fired three shots at police, Cline said. Fire was returned. One minute later, Tapia came back outside the building and shot at police again.
Finally, after considering the injured victims inside, the Hostage Barricade and Terrorist team was "ordered to make an assault on the building."
Inside, authorities maneuvered through a maze of 55-gallon drums, crates and steel containers filled with engine parts. They found Tapia hiding behind the stored parts.
"He got up. He had the gun. They ordered him to drop the gun. He refused to drop the gun, and that's when the officer shot him," Cline said.
Tapia was found with a Walther PP .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol and at least one extra clip of ammunition.
The man who was bound by Tapia was the only person in the building who escaped. Another man was late for work and came to the scene while the crime was in progress, Cline said. He escaped without injury.
The only other employee of the company was stuck in traffic and not at work at the time.
Chicago police stormed the auto parts building at about 10 a.m. (11 a.m. EDT). Police were called to the scene at 8:37 a.m. (9:37 a.m. EDT) in an industrial area near the former Comiskey Park on the city's southwest side.
Four of the victims died at the scene, the other three, including the gunman, were taken to hospitals, police spokesman David Bayless said.
Tapia was fired for being "a poor employee," Cline said. He was late to work and often missed entire days. Cline said Tapia had at least a few telephone conversations with his former boss after he was fired.
It's unclear whether he had returned to the job site since his termination or met with his boss in person.
Tapia has been arrested 12 times, Cline said. He has an arrest record dating back to 1989, including counts of domestic battery, gun violations, aggravated assault and driving while intoxicated.
"The problem here is easy access to a firearm," Cline told reporters. "Here is someone who never should have had a gun that had a gun."
Auto Painting and Body Shop Services for the Winter Season in Chicago
When it comes to responsible car ownership, there are tasks and work that can be done by car owners who want to go the DIY route, and there are tasks reserved for the professionals. While preventive maintenance can be done without the help of the pros, repairs required due to collisions should be left in the hands of the professionals. And where you take your car will ultimately depend on the kind of repairs or upgrades to be done on your car.
A popular destination among car owners in search of repairs and maintenance is an auto body shop. An auto body shop near your area is composed of a team of mechanics and technicians who can repair, restore, replace parts and refinish frames, window glass and windshields. Like experienced mechanics, an auto body shop has access to tools, equipment and knowledge that will make the car safer to operate once again. This is the go-to team when your car was involved in an auto collision on the road. But body repairs are not just the services that can be provided by your neighborhood auto body shop. Auto body shop can become your best friend for other car-related services, especially during the winter season in Chicago.
Auto Painting & Custom Paint Jobs
Sometimes, auto paint becomes a requirement after your car gets involved in an accident or collision of the road. When the damage on your car goes beyond the usual dents and chipping, your car will need an auto painting job to restore your car to its former glory. Keep in mind that many shops that focus on mechanical repairs may not offer auto painting jobs. Auto painting is labor-intensive, and requires training, licensing and equipment. It can become a complicated process, that requires filling, sanding, alignment and cleaning. But you can also find a full-service auto repair shop that can also offer auto paining services, on top of the usual body shop services. These full-service auto shops can cover different makes and models, including luxury cars like Audi, Jaguar, Lexus, Mercedes and other domestic and import cars.
An auto body shop can also provide custom paint jobs which can be done based on customer preferences and requirements. When the excessive custom paint jobs of car manufacturers will not fit the budget, the custom paint job offered by auto body shops can do the trick.
Winterizing your Car for Chicago Winters
While auto body shops are traditionally known for car repairs and replacement of windshield and glasses, these shops can also provide other services, best for the season. For example, you can count on these reputable shops when it comes to ‘winterizing your vehicles’. The winter months, especially the massive snowfall and record low temperatures, can affect the performance of your car. For example, the battery of your car can gradually die at sub-zero temperatures, fluids can thicken and the spark plug’s reliability will dip during this time. A dying battery during winter months can be avoided if you can park your car in the battery.
If you don’t have access to a garage, checking the battery before the temperature starts falling is recommended. Colder temperatures can also thicken the fluids, including the anti-freeze, oil, power steering and transmission fluids. Today, many auto body shops are offering services that can help car owners ‘winterize’ their cars. Instead of doing the dirty work, many car owners and enthusiasts are now counting on these auto body shops to change the oils, or maintain the brakes.
Face the Demands of the Winter Season
Also, auto body shops become busier during this season, due to slippery road conditions and poor visibility. Many auto body shops are reporting a spike in calls from customers and insurance companies to attend to auto body repairs and auto painting due to accidents and collisions. Due to icy conditions and slippery roads, car owners and insurance companies are requesting auto body shops to repair damages to the suspension components, tie rods, control arms, wheel bearings and axles. In short, a dependable auto body shop becomes your friend during the brutal Chicago winter season.
The winter months can be a busy and stressful season for many car owners and enthusiasts. Aside from the usual demands of the winter season, it can also compromise the performance of your car, and may even increase the chances of your car meeting a front-end collision. Take the stress out of the season- know when it’s time to contact your neighborhood auto body shop.
Auto Collision Services for Luxury Vehicles
Accidents happen on the road, and no matter how guarded and careful you are, you don’t have control over the other cars and drivers. So if you are involved in a luxury car collision, it’s best to immediately contact a provider like ourselves for auto collision services specializing in luxury cars in your area, after settling the documentation process and filing of a police report. Remember, accident prevention and defensive driving are important, but knowing what to do next after a luxury car collision is equally important.
What’s your Luxury Car Insurance Coverage?
Luxury and sports cars are the priciest vehicles to insure in the market. For example, the $127,700 Audi R8 Spyder V10-engine comes with the highest national premium average, with $3,384 (2012). The Mercedes-Benz CL 600 gets an average annual premium of $3,307 (2012), and the BMW 750i with an average premium worth $2,430 (2012). Since you paid a premium for these products, it’s important to take advantage of their services and perks. Get more from your insurance by understanding first the details of the luxury car insurance coverage.
Don’t wait until a car collision to happen to check out that your insurance policy will not cover the expenses that comes with towing your luxury car. Also, who will pay for the damages incurred by your luxury car after an accident? Check the insurance specifics, before contacting an auto collision service provider.
Specific Services to Expect from Auto Collision Service Provider
Just like other auto car services, auto collision services are available at different price points, so you should be ready to solicit repair estimates. Also, you can find different damages on your car immediately after a collision, and some of these potential damages (and services) are listed below.
Auto Glass and Windshield Repair. During a front-end collision, the windshield and auto glass often suffer the worst damage. From small cracks or chips, to completely smashed up windshield, these are repair problems that should be immediately addressed. Auto collision repair service providers will repair chips and cracks by injecting a special adhesive to the affected parts. Completely smashed up windshields can be replaced.
Whatever the damage incurred by your luxury car, it’s recommended that you always work with experts, with experience repairing luxury cars like Bentley, Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. While some repair teams may charge higher-than-usual repair rates, the services are worth your time and money. Bentley collision repair may be easy to find, but great services aren’t. And of course the same goes for Ferrari collision repair and Porsche collision repair services.
There are three important reasons why experts and experienced collision repair professionals should complete the work- mechanics are certified, they have access to advanced tools and equipment, and they receive continuous training. Many car technicians and mechanics earn specialized training and certifications from different companies and manufacturers, giving them the skills and expressed authorization to work on specific makes and models. This is critical for luxury makes and models, with special engineering, technologies and parts. If they earn a certification or at least a recognition from the car company, it means that the technician or mechanic has been trained on the same standards and specifications set forth by the automaker.
So when your luxury car gets involved in a collision on the road, respond appropriately, and get the services of a reliable provider of auto collision services for luxury vehicles. Your luxury car has provided you with regular transportation, prestige and security, and it’s about time you pamper your executive car.
Put an End to Car Wash Embarrassment- Workarounds for Some Makes and Models Affected by Autonomous Braking Systems
There’s no denying the importance of car wash- it can help keep your car clean, and boost its value. It can also serve as a great opportunity for car owners to take some time off, relax, and pamper the car. Unfortunately, it can also come with some problems, and be a source of embarrassment as well. And the culprit is one of the industry’s best safety technology- the advanced safety and autonomous braking system.
Yes, autonomous braking systems can help secure driver and passenger safety on and off the road, but in a car wash, it can cause trouble, and put drivers on the spot! So what makes this safety technology a nightmare in many car washes around the country?
Autonomous braking system as safety requirement on the road
Thanks to calls for safe and efficient vehicles, most car manufacturers have invested in research and development in the hope of developing new technologies. One such technology is the autonomous braking system, a technology often seen in the luxury car segment. By 2017, this technology is also being adopted in other segments, in the hope of making more cars safer on the road. This technology is also seen in the 2017 Chevrolet Spark, and allows drivers to discover if there are cars in the next lane, and will automatically put on the brakes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA even gives out a Top Pick safety rating for makes and models that feature this technology. This is the reason why many car makers are eager to incorporate this technology in their cars, in the hope of boosting the car’s value and marketability. Unfortunately, it comes with an intended consequence when your car is at the car wash- the car won’t move.
Workarounds for various makes and models
If you are planning to get a car wash, and you’re concerned about the car’s safety, let the following experiences and workarounds to help you. Remember, car wash is supposed to be stress-free and fun, so know your options.
When writer Jimmy Dinsmore checked in a car wash recently, he found his Volvo XC90 stopping on its tracks. At first, he thought that this was due to the Pedestrian Detection system, and soon found out that this was due to the manufacturer’s Pilot Assist Auto Hold Braking. This feature is helpful when you are moving through a steeped hill, and when preventing accidents. But in a car wash, this can be a cause of concern.
Although Volvo provides instructions on how to turn this off, the information is buried deep in the manual, and can be a problem if there are other cars waiting in the line. (General steps covering all Volvo vehicles are described below)
2017 Kia Cadenza
To turn off the system, you simply need to press the Auto Hold button that can be found near the car’s gear shift. As a Kia owner, it is important to know the location of the button and its purpose.
If you are driving an Acura TLX, simply press the ‘N’ button while the engine is running, with the foot on the brake. Within the next 5 seconds, press the Stop/Start button. Wait for the ‘Shift to Park’ text on the screen, and once displayed, you are given 15 minutes before the Acura shifts to park.
BMW 7 Series
Once you drive the car to the car wash, choose ‘N’ in the selector lever, and turn your car’s engine off.
Chrysler 200, 300
Autohaus is Chicago’s premier collision center, auto repair and customization shop located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park/Bucktown area. We are conveniently located to serve Chicago’s Gold Coast & North Side as well as the outlying Chicagoland area. Our full service auto repair shop prides itself on giving our clients the highest quality work and the absolute best in customer service.