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How to handle an insurance claim
Before and After
by Don Stec, APRIL 4, 2018



It is at least a weekly occurrence when a vehicle owner, during the course of getting an Insurance collision estimate, will express concern about an insurance company cheating him on a collision repair by not allowing a complete repair.   After dealing with insurance companies and vehicle owners for over 47 years in the collision repair business, I have formed my...
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Death Valley in Winter
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by Don Stec, FEBRUARY 26, 2018



My Wife Carol and I were invited to join my son Ted and his wife Dawn for a January trip to Death Valley.  I had not given much thought to the temperature at that time of year, but when he told me it should be in the 60 degree range, I couldn’t refuse.  Besides it would give me a good...
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Death Valley
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by Don Stec, FEBRUARY 2, 2018



Recently, when I mentioned to friends that I am going to Death Valley for a short vacation, the reply I usually got was, "Why? It’s so hot there.”  People seem to be shocked that I would consider going to a place where the heat is often over 120 degrees in the summer.  Some say it's desolate and there's nothing to...
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Sideways driving vehicle
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by Don Stec, JANUARY 3, 2018



Have you ever followed a vehicle that seemed to be going sideways on the road?  If you were to watch it as it went around a curve, you would notice that the vehicle could not navigate the curve smoothly.  It would move from side to side in the lane.  I wonder, does the driver realize how dangerous this condition is? I...
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"New" and "Used" Parts Are Not the Same!
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by Don Stec, DECEMBER 5, 2017



It is important to use the correct words when describing a problem with your motor vehicle.   Many people do not use the word “NEW” properly.  A new part is unused, factory fresh.  It has never been installed on another vehicle.  A “USED” part is a part that came off another vehicle, usually from a wrecked vehicle at a salvage yard....
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Human Caused Wildfires
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by Don Stec, OCTOBER 30, 2017



This past year, wildfires have been one of the great concerns throughout the state of California. We often hear weather reports of approaching thunder storms and lightning strikes.  Then, we hear the reports of fires.  It seems the general consensus among the public is; the majority of wildfires are caused by lightning.  At least this is the opinion I get...
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