August 31, 2010 06:00 ET

Auto Body Repair & Safe, Summer Driving

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2010) - With many families planning road travel this summer, CARSTAR, Canada's largest auto body repair network, makes it easier for Canadian drivers to be prepared immediately after a car accident. With road travel on the minds of families everywhere, CARSTAR has just released a helpful accident check list to download and keep handy in the glove compartment so you can get back to the lure of the road and your vacation.

CARSTAR recommends drivers arm themselves with knowledge before a collision occurs. A recent Angus Reid Public Opinion poll commissioned by CARSTAR found that 45 per cent of drivers felt prepared but also found that only 33 per cent of drivers are very likely to remember to gather all pertinent information at the scene of an accident.

Stress-free Post-Accident Experience

At CARSTAR, we specialize in making accidents unhappen. We provide customer support for unexpected collision repair and help drivers avoid common mistakes with helpful tips on how to avoid accidents. "In our business, we are constantly dealing with drivers who have been in collisions and we know that even a minor mishap can be traumatic enough for drivers to forget what to do when an accident occurs," says Sam Mercanti, President and CEO of CARSTAR Automotive Canada Inc.

To ensure the smoothest possible process for drivers, CARSTAR has identified several important steps that are critical to handling post-accident auto body repair. If you've been in a car accident and need fast, professional collision repair, visit us at to contact the CARSTAR location nearest you. Don't wait until you need auto body repair to visit us online. CARSTAR encourages drivers to visit our site to view a copy of our Accident Checklist, and place it in your car with a pen or pencil so it's handy in the event that you require auto body repair after an accident - anywhere in North America.

Choosing an Auto Body Repair Centre is your responsibility

As a Canadian driver, did you know that you are free to choose which auto body repair shop services your vehicle? The recent CARSTAR survey established that only three-in-five Canadian drivers (61 per cent) knew that the auto body repair center they take their vehicle to after an accident is their responsibility. Some thought that the decision is up to the police (13 per cent) the towing company (9 per cent) or their insurance company (11 per cent).

Drivers need to know that choosing an auto body repair centre is their responsibility. However, if it's your first collision, some drivers may be uncertain about which auto repair technicians they can trust. At CARSTAR, our auto repair technicians understand your situation and handle business based on ethics, honesty and hard work. "At CARSTAR we offer quality collision service through honest and accurate estimates, competitive pricing, and customer-friendly, professionally-trained staff. We offer a Lifetime Nationwide Warranty to customers so they can feel confident about having their auto body repair performed at any one of our locations" Mercanti adds.

One Easy Number for Auto Body Repair

Canadians planning to drive south this summer should be aware of 1-800-665-2264, a North American wide accident assistance service offered by CARSTAR that connect drivers to more than 400 auto body repair locations across Canada and the U.S. One call to 1-800-665-2264 will connect you to a live operator who will link you up with reputable auto repair technicians; highly-experienced in auto body repair and committed to customer satisfaction. When a collision occurs, drivers want to know that there is a number – that's easy to remember and auto body repair service that's trustworthy says Mercanti.

Having CARSTAR's easy 1-800 number to remember for auto body repair and service eliminates some of the added stress that drivers may experience. Summer road travelers can rest assured that the CARSTAR network, our 1-800-665-2264 number and our accident check list will provide accident assistance wherever they are. We are committed to making drivers feel as though the accident never happened.

Find the CARSTAR location nearest you by calling 1-800-665-2264 or visit us at

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