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January 11, 2021
Car Maintenance by The Mile…Or Km
Every vehicle manufacturer has a car maintenance schedule that they recommend you follow to keep your car running in tip-top shape. While these car maintenance schedules may vary based on things like the oil you use, the climate where you live and what kind of vehicle you’re driving (and how...
Save Money and Extend The Life of Your Winter Tires
Anyone who owns a car, truck or SUV knows the costs involved. They are not only expensive to buy initially, but can be costly to maintain as well. Regular maintenance...
December 8, 2020
Winter Maintenance and Safety Checklist For Safer Winter Driving
Well, it’s November and here in Alberta, that means the snow is just about ready to fall (if it hasn’t already been in your area). November means snow and snow...
November 12, 2020
Buying A Car Shouldn’t Be Scary | 3 Key Things To Consider Before Buying New Or Used
Buying a car is a BIG deal. Whether it’s your very first car or your 5th car, signing off on a brand new set of wheels is a big responsibility...
October 5, 2020
Understanding Car Insurance | Don’t Forget To Read The Fine Print
Understanding car insurance can be a tricky thing for some. There are an overwhelming number of options and you’re usually just on the phone with someone who’s rambling all of...
September 9, 2020
Car Rust | Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Even The Smallest Rust Spots
Not only is it extremely unsightly, but it’s also potentially dangerous in large amounts. Car rust is every car owner’s worst nightmare! Okay, maybe not their WORST, but it’s definitely...
August 13, 2020
How To Choose The Best Auto Body Shop For Your Repairs
In the event of a collision, no matter how small, the experience can bring a lot of stress along with it. In more serious cases your vehicle may become a...
July 14, 2020
Extend The Life Of Your Car | 6 Easy Tips For Proper Maintenance
Whether you are driving an old second-hand beater or lucky enough to be riding around in your dream car, taking care of it and extending the life of your car...
June 8, 2020
Summer Road Trip | Essentials For Your Next Car Adventure
Families all over the world have had to make some drastic changes to their summer holiday plans because of COVID-19. While this is a total bummer, there are still lots...
May 6, 2020
COVID-19 | How CSN JD Collision is Keeping Our Customers Safe
COVID-19 has taken the world by surprise and not in a good way. One day we were living life as usual and the next everything changed. The entire world has...
April 15, 2020
Car Maintenance | 9 Tips to Get Your Ride Ready for Spring
Spring has SPRUNG! Well…almost. It’s time to shake the winter blues and get your vehicle ready for another season. Seasonal maintenance is important to not only the looks of your...
March 9, 2020
Buying a Used Car In Alberta | What You Need to Know
Sometimes it’s not feasible to pop into a dealership and sign papers on a brand new vehicle, but it’s also not feasible for most people to be without a car....
February 4, 2020
JD Collision Becomes CSN JD Collision
Have you noticed anything different about JD Collision in Cold Lake and Bonnyville lately? Are you seeing less orange and black and more blue and white? Have you noticed they...
January 8, 2020
7 Ways To Safer Winter Driving
Everyone hates winter driving. With hazardous conditions like ice (especially black ice), snow-covered roads and whiteouts it can be stressful and dangerous. But the truth is, we are Canadian Eh’...
December 16, 2019
The Top Signs You Need a New Windshield
Remember the classic scene from the 1994 hit comedy, Ace Ventura, when Jim Carrey was forced to drive around with his head out the window after his windshield got smashed? It was funny...
November 12, 2019
Paintless Dent Repair: How Does it Work?
You’ve had a long day in the office and run out the door the minute you’re clocked out. You can’t wait to get home and put all of those work-related...
October 16, 2019
Evaluating Bodywork Repair Costs: Make Sure They Include Vital Repairs
When your vehicle needs vital repairs, you want to make sure that you aren’t missing any important details—and that all of the essential repairs are taken care of. Not only...
September 17, 2019
The Top Benefits of Vehicle Customization
“A car isn’t a classic just because it’s old. To be a classic, a car has to tell us something of its time.” –James May Classic cars shouldn’t just say...
August 14, 2019
The Top Signs Your Car Needs a New Paint Job
You drive up to a stoplight and the person behind you doesn’t stop in time. They hit the back of your car, and while you aren’t hurt, your car came...
July 16, 2019
7 Signs that You Are Receiving the Best Car Paint Job in Alberta
A professional car paint job is one of the most powerful ways to enhance your vehicle’s appearance and value. However, not all car paint jobs are equal in terms of...
June 12, 2019
Road Trips in Alberta: Helping You Plan Your Summer Adventure
Alberta is one of Canada’s largest provinces, and supports nearly every type of biome in North America. From lush forests and mountains to prairies, deserts, and all stops in-between, it...
May 6, 2019
Dent Repair 101: Options for Fixing Dings and Dents on Your Vehicle
Whether it’s a brand new, sleek looking car or a reliable vehicle that’s gotten you to and from places for many years, no doubt you want the exterior of your...
April 22, 2019
8 Car Windshield Cleaning Tips from Auto Body Pros
Many collisions are a result of poor driver visibility. One way to help improve visibility, regardless of the driving conditions you might face, is to keep your windshield clean. To...
March 22, 2019
The Latest Car Tech from CES 2018 Will Blow Your Mind
The Consumer Electronics Show is always packed with incredible new car technology, and the 2018 show was no exception. It showcased some amazing engineering, proving that AI will soon be...
February 12, 2019
2019 Best Trucks and SUVs Built For The Canadian Climate
If you’re in the market for a new ride in 2019, there are some super cool new trucks and SUVs that have hit the dealerships in the past few...
January 12, 2019
7 Tips for Understanding the Auto Insurance Claims Process
Each year Canadian insurers pay more than $20 billion for auto, home, and commercial claims. You are not alone in the auto insurance claims process. If you were recently in...
December 4, 2018
Collision Repair Tips: 12 Questions to Ask Before Repairing Your Car
If you have ever been in a car accident, you can probably remember how flustered and overwhelmed you felt. You’re looking for collision repair tips and how to deal with...
November 24, 2018
How to Find the Best Rental Car in Cold Lake or Bonnyville
Hiking, swimming, and skiing are just a few of the myriad activities Cold Lake and Bonnyville are known for. Each year, people come from all over to enjoy a place...
October 22, 2018
An Easy, Printable Checklist for Routine Auto Maintenance
The average life of a vehicle today in Canada is about 12 years. Routine auto maintenance can save you thousands of dollars per year and can increase the life expectancy...
September 17, 2018
9 Ways to Customize Your Car and Make It Unique
There are good ways and bad ways to customize your car. The “bad” ways ruin your car and your street cred 😉 Customizing your car well helps it stand out...
August 25, 2018
7 Ways JD Collision Gives Back to the Local Community
JD Collision is not just an auto body and collision repair shop but also strives to give back to the local community. With 40+ years under our belts, we...
July 17, 2018
Fresh Paint Job: 6 Tips for Maintaining the Shine
Have you recently given your vehicle a new paint job? If so, you’re probably wanting to maintain that beautiful shine. Whether your vehicle is new, or only the paint is,...
June 17, 2018
10 Tips for Finding a Good Auto Body Shop
Have you recently been involved in a car accident? Are you searching for a good auto body shop? If so, one of the first things you likely noticed was...
May 14, 2018
What To Expect When You Drop Your Car Off For Collision Repair
Every year, more than 150,000 car accidents take place in Canada. And while many of these accidents are little more than fender-benders that don’t require extensive repairs later, there are...
March 9, 2018
How to Get an Accurate Auto Body Repair Estimate
Given that 66% of car owners don’t know whether their auto body shop repair is accurate, getting a repair estimate is important. Even if you’ve known your auto repair shop...
February 21, 2018
7 Tips for Choosing an Auto Body Repair Shop You Can Trust
What if you could save thousands of dollars by making one simple choice? We know it sounds a little too good to be true. The secret is picking the best...
January 11, 2018
Should You DIY Auto Body Repair?
In the age of unlimited information on the internet, more and more people are attempting to fix their car by themselves. The number of auto body shops in the country...
December 19, 2017
8 Tips for Collision Repair After Your Accident
Winter is finally here. Even though it’s a time of joy, it also increases the risk of car collisions. In fact, Canada has a higher rate of winter accidents when...
November 11, 2017
Your Essential Winter Vehicle Maintenance Checklist
Fall is definitely here, and winter will be coming soon. That means that a Bonnyville collision repair shop like us will see a major spike in collisions on icy roads,...
October 10, 2017
Three Reasons To Go Carbon Fibre (And Three Reasons To Avoid It)
You might not need auto body work (and that’s ok!) But sometimes you’ll want pro advice on all the sweet things that make cars great – and that’s where your...
September 23, 2017
What Does My Check Engine Light Mean? And Some Ways to Fix It
Remember your first car and how the check engine light was always on? On modern vehicles the check engine light actually means something, but it still doesn’t tell you exactly...
August 19, 2017
JD Collision | More Than Just an Autobody Shop, We’re Helping Out In Our Community
We’re not just your regular autobody shop that fools around with cars 24/7 – we also like to make some time to give back to the community that’s been supporting...
July 15, 2017
What’s The Buzz About Hybrid Vehicles?
France, and now California, are both phasing out cars with internal combustion engines. Hybrid vehicles aren’t a million miles from the vehicle you already drive, but there are a few...
July 9, 2017
The Eight Strangest Car Accessories You’ll Ever See
Air freshener? Phone charger? Stick-figure family on your rear window? Amateur hour my friend. The real pros are riding with portable stoves, office desks and coffee makers. Take a look...
June 24, 2017
Five Weird Car & Windshield Cleaning Hacks
We may be the experts in auto body and windshield repair in Bonnyville, but our windshield skills end at repairing chips and cracks—or replacing an entire windshield. Keeping your windshield...
June 18, 2017
How You Could Be Reducing Your Vehicle Resale Value (And How to Avoid it)
Unless you’re an unlucky (or just plain bad) driver that every car you own ends up written off, the chances are that you’ll have to sell your current vehicle. Once...
May 25, 2017
Six Tips For Buying A Classic Car | Lakeland, Alberta Classic Cars
They don’t make ‘em like they used to. Although we wouldn’t want to give up parking cameras, lane assist and heated seats, there’s something to be said for the beauty,...
May 16, 2017
See the World Clearly With A Repaired Windshield
Albertans know the feeling quite well. You’re driving down the highway when out of nowhere, it sounds like someone has fired a gun at your car! No need to worry,...
April 18, 2017
10 Tips to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring
10 Tips to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring Believe it or not, spring has finally arrived in Alberta. That means more daylight, dry roads, summer adventures — and time...
April 2, 2017
The 6 Most Common Car Accidents—And How To Avoid Them | Lakeland Collision Repair Shop Advice
Every time a happy customer leaves our Lakeland collision repair shop we hope that we don’t see them again. It’s not that we don’t like you all—we do—it’s that nobody who...
March 20, 2017
Your Car Can Be Hacked: 5 Tips For Vehicle Cybersecurity
You might have read that there was another mass hacking attack on computers in Europe- You need vehicle tips for this too! The attackers are once again using ransomware: viruses...
March 4, 2017
JD Collision is now part of the Collision Solutions Network
JD Collision is proud to announce that we are now part of the Collision Solutions Network (CSN)- Canada’s largest network of independent body shops. Being part of CSN means that...
February 26, 2017
Let Us Know How We’re Doing With Our New Customer Survey App
We’re pleased to let our customers know that we’ve combined our commitment to innovative technology in the shop with our commitment to customer service. Now you can tell us what...
February 11, 2017
15 Cool Facts You’ll Dig About Car Repair History
The establishment of the automotive industry in Canada was 113 years ago, and it’s been over 40 years since we’ve opened our doors to provide the car repair services needed...
January 24, 2017
Top 8 Reasons to Use JD Collision as Your Auto Body Repair Shop
Top 8 Reasons JD Collision is One of the Best Auto Body Repair Shops in Bonnyville & Cold Lake, Alberta. JD Collision is a one-stop shop. We provide the...
January 17, 2017
Aluminum Auto Body Repair; What You Need To Know.
Believe it or not, aluminum auto body repair is completely different than normal collision repair techniques. Aluminum is making waves as the ‘new’ material to make vehicles. Aluminum reduces the...
December 29, 2016
Alberta Insurance Guide: Understanding Auto Insurance & Selecting an Alberta Auto Body Shop After an Accident
It can be unnerving when you’re involved in a vehicle collision. During a distressing time, it can be difficult to maintain your cool and remember what to do. Try not...
December 15, 2016
Alberta Car Insurance 101: CSN JD Collision’s Guide to Understanding Auto Insurance
At CSN JD Collision, we see a lot of insurance claims. We know that having a car is more than just a convenience – it’s a necessity. Without a vehicle,...
November 28, 2016
Carbon Tax is Coming. Save Money By Lowering Your Fuel Consumption
The holidays can be tough on your pocketbook and saving money in this economy is one of the top priorities of many Albertans. The Alberta government is introducing an economy-wide...
November 22, 2016
Is it better to lease or buy a car? What you need to know.
The time has come for you to lease or buy car. For drivers that prefer to buy new cars, you have two options – lease or buy (finance). Making the...
October 20, 2016
We’ve Got Your Back with Trusted Service and a One-Stop-Shop Approach!
At JD Collision, our goal is to help you get your life back to normal as quickly as possible after a collision. For 40 years, the JD Collision team has...
October 14, 2016