Summer Driving in Construction Zones

Posted June 6, 2017 by Matthew

American Auto Body - Summer Driving in Construction ZonesNow that we have survived another long, cold Minnesota winter, it is time to celebrate, right? With over 10,000 lakes in our great state, we have so much to do and so much to explore. Summer is an exciting time in Minnesota. It’s time to head out on the next great adventure. There is nothing stopping us and nothing can get in our way. Well, except maybe a little construction traffic from Albert Lea to Itasca, Stillwater to Ortonville, and everywhere in between.

Ok, it is not that bad. Plus, those construction workers are hard at work making our beautiful state even better. When the roads are complete and the improvements have been made, we really appreciate the nice ride. So, as the weather warms up and crews are out, we thought we might offer a few suggestions for driving in construction zones.

Here are some things to consider when you hit the road this summer:

Think ahead – There is an app or information online for just about anything anymore. If patience isn’t your thing, plan ahead. Map out other routes that might take a bit longer than the original route, but avoid being stuck in a traffic jam for hours. If you expectantly find yourself stuck in traffic, with no end in sight, have a passenger investigate a new route using a smartphone or a good old fashion map.

Be aware of other drivers – While you may have a perfect driving record and take great pride in your driving skills, that is not the case for everyone on the road. Keep a watchful eye out for brake lights, quick stops and drivers swerving into your lane.

Slow down – Stick to the speed limit in construction zones. This is not only for your safety and the safety of the construction crew, but speeding fines in construction zones can be very expensive.

Be alert – In construction zones, there are so many unexpected things that can happen, such as lane changes, a construction worker on the road, reduced speeds, closed roads and exits, and more. Stay safe by reducing distractions and keeping your eyes on the road.

Stay off the phone – It can wait. Your life and the life of the construction crews are way too important.

If you have experienced damage to your vehicle, give us a call. From rear-end collisions to rocks in your windshield, we can help get your vehicle fixed and back on the road. We offer free pickup and delivery of your damaged vehicle, plus we offer free loaner cars. Give us a call today at 763-242-2522 or download our app for a convenient online estimate.

Dealerships May Offer Best Deals of the Year on Dec. 31st

Posted December 15, 2014 by Matthew

This year’s Black Friday had dealerships across the nation advertising unbeatable deals for the retail holiday, but it turns out that New Year’s Eve specials might be even better. According to, last year’s discounts on cars were actually the highest on Dec. 31, 2013, with the average discount off suggested retail price at 8.8% that day, as compared with 8.2% during that year’s Black Friday.

Read more about auto dealer discount trends in’s recent article titled, “Black Friday Car Deals Are Great, New Year’s Eve Maybe Even Better.”

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Toyota Recalls 57,000 vehicles globally for airbag issue

Posted November 27, 2014 by Matthew

Takata-logoToyota Motor Corp announced today that it is recalling 57,000 vehicles that carry a potentially deadly airbag inflator manufactured by Takata Corp. In some instances, the airbag inflators can explode with too much force, spraying metal fragments into the car. Toyota’s action follows a recall by rival Honda Motor Co. for the same problem two weeks ago after revelations of a fifth death, in Malaysia, linked to Takata’s airbag inflator.

U.S. safety regulators are calling for Takata to issue a nationwide recall of these airbags and have given the company a Tuesday deadline to comply.

Read the full article at

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Dupont Logo Say goodbye to the familiar oval DuPont label! Recently acquired by The Carlyle Group, DuPont Performance Coatings will be renamed Axalta Coating Systems. The new website,, is currently under construction, but will most likely be completed as the DuPont brand finalizes its name change in the second quarter of 2013.

“We’re working with an outside firm on this process,” says Mike Bennett, head of marketing for Axalta’s North America business. “We’re going back to square one to understand that now that we’re no longer part of corporate DuPont, we have an opportunity to identify and focus on our core business. It’s an opportunity to start fresh with a new name and identity.”

It is important to note that all existing products, training centers and online services will continue on as before after the rebranding. “Very little else will change in terms of how material gets to our customers. It will be the same people, the same products, and the same route to market,” says Bennett.

Wondering what will happen to the large DuPont logo on the top of NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 car? NASCAR’s official website reports that the logo will be exchanged with the new name. “We may have a new name on the No. 24 Chevrolet SS in 2013, but it’s the same core group that I’ve enjoyed working with for more than 20 years,” Gordon said in a statement.

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