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Toyota Hints at a New and Very Different Plug-In Prius

New Features in the 2016 Toyota Prius Prime

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Toyota recently introduced its 2016 Prius model, featuring an upgraded lithium battery and improved mpg. The Toyota team also welcomed a new hybrid to the family, The Prius Prime, a plug-in model that utilizes the best of its siblings’ technologies with the ability to recharge the battery. Read the rest of this entry »

Why You Should Consider a Prius for Your Next Car

Here’s What’s New in the 2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid

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When Toyota introduced the Prius in 2000, it became the car of choice for environmentally conscious drivers (not to mention fashion-forward celebrities at the time). Not everyone was impressed, though, especially with the early models’ handling and interior design. Fortunately, Toyota got the memo, and the company’s engineers have worked tirelessly to up their game and create stunning changes. The result? The 2016 Prius retains its well-deserved reputation for fuel efficiency, but the overall design is much more stylish and functional. Let’s take a peak under the hood.

Still Best in Fuel Efficiency
The Toyota Prius beats all other hybrid cars with its overall rating of 52 mpg. This is a combination of 58 mpg city driving and 53 mpg highway driving. The Prius can run solely on electric power up to 45 mph – great for city driving. The new lithium-ion battery pack is smaller and lighter than the nickel version used in older models; this improvement boosts fuel efficiency.

New Engineering Insights
Toyota modified the Prius gasoline engine so it’s quieter but retains power. The continuously variable transmission system changes speeds on a continuum rather than through fixed gears to get better fuel economy. The redesigned 2016 model offers the latest frontal-collision and pedestrian-protection systems, available as upgrades.

Better Interior
The interior is quieter and more stylish with soft-touch surfaces, chrome, and a colorful digital display. The sedan comfortably seats four, although you can squeeze in five. Starting at $25,035, the 2016 Prius is fun to drive, easy on the wallet, and great for the environment. Even better: hybrid repair costs are typically lower than traditional gas car repair costs.

Need Auto Body Repair for Your Hybrid or Gas Vehicle?

The Shattuck Auto team provides auto repair services for many Bay Area Prius drivers. We’re highly trained in hybrid auto repair and have see more and more hybrids in our shop each year. Give us a call at 510-848-6281 or contact us online to schedule an appointment!

Car Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Car in Great Shape

toyota-maintenance-checklistGeneral Car Maintenance Tips from an East Bay Auto Collision Repair Shop

A reliable car should be safe and effectively maintained to hold its value and maintain its safety. Cars are an investment and should be treated with care, both inside and out. Our Berkeley auto body shop offers some tips for getting the most from your vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

Style, Sport, and MPG. East Bay Auto Body Looks at Top 5 Daily Drivers for 2016

Auto Body Shop Discusses 5 Top New Cars for Bay Area Commuters

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2016 is here, and the new models are already on the lot. Here are five of the best cars available this year, as determined by an East Bay auto body shop. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Fastest Toyota Cars of All Time

Continual Improvement Shows in Lack of Regular Need for Toyota Repair

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As an experienced Toyota auto body shop, we can attest to both the speed and durability of the models that the Japanese automaker produces. Perhaps it’s Toyota’s commitment to what company executives call “kaizen” (or never ending improvement) that accounts for the brand’s dependability and grace under pressure. Notwithstanding Toyota’s accelerator pedal glitch (and subsequent recall) several years ago, the automaker has amassed an impressive record for developing winning cars on the track and on the road. Below, we’ve cataloged ten of the fastest vehicles Toyota has ever released, ranked according to how quickly they can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. Of course modifications and vehicle condition make a big difference. Read the rest of this entry »

Auto Body Shop Talk: Top 4 Hybrid and Electric Vehicles for 2015

Top Rated Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Becoming More Common in Auto Body Shops

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Eco-friendly and cost-effective, hybrid and electric vehicles become more popular every year. Here are some of top rated models available in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Fender Bender? Here Are 4 Auto Body Repair Tips To Keep In Mind

Tips for Dealing with Your Auto Collision Center

auto-body-collision-repair-piedmontPerhaps a careless driver on the 101 sideswiped your vehicle near an exit ramp, or maybe a fatigued truck driver jackknifed in front of you, forcing you off the road and into the curb. Whether you need repairs for major damage or just a few dents and scratches, here are four tips to ensure a quality auto body repair job:

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Auto Body Shops: Choosing Quality and Spotting Errors

What to Look for When Having Auto Body Repair Done

auto-body-repair-adjuster-assessing-damagePerhaps a careless motorist backed into you in the parking lot of your local Bay Area Whole Foods; or maybe a tired trucker sideswiped your vehicle on the freeway, damaging your vehicle’s body and scraping away paint. In either case, when you need auto body repair, you want to be sure that you obtain quality services for an affordable price. However, with so many different Bay Area body shops offering similar auto repair services, selecting the right provider can be a challenge.

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Step-by-Step Guide: What to Do When You’re in an Auto Collision

What to do after an Auto Accident

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If you have been involved in an accident in the Bay Area (or elsewhere), you want to follow best practices not only to ensure that you and your passengers receive prompt medical care but also to protect your rights in any subsequent legal or insurance actions. Medical attention and preventing legal troubles should be addressed before assessing your vehicle for auto body damage.

Follow these 10 steps to regain control of the situation:

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Benefits of Waxing Your Car Regularly

Reasons to Wax Your Car this Summer

waxing-the-car-web-600In order to keep your car looking brand new and fresh, waxing it regularly is the key. Over the last decade or so, many car owners have felt that there is actually little to no need in waxing your vehicle. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Auto painting is a delicate and precise process–therefore waxing your car 2-3 times a year will help your car look like it is “fresh off of the lot” which will make you happy, too! There are a variety of reasons as to why car waxing is necessary when it comes to car ownership. These following two reasons are the most important to keep in mind. Read the rest of this entry »