Here’s thesituation: You were in an accident; thankfully your car wasn’t totaled. Theinsurance company has given you the go-ahead to get repairs done. But beforeyou approve any repairs yourself, there are a few things you should know beforegetting body collision repair.
- There may be more damage beneath the surface
Whena vehicle hits an object at high speed, the impact moves through the entirecar. The damage that impact causes isn’t always visible right away. Componentsare designed to absorb or transfer impact in different ways/at different ratesto minimize risk to driver and passenger. That means there may be damage toother parts, including the frame, alignment or body panels beneath what maylook like just a bent fender or dented panel.
Itis essential that you have a certified technician do a thorough inspection anddisassembly of your car before any repairs begin. It will give you and theinsurance companies a clear picture of allthe repairs needed and how much it will cost.
- Your car can be good-as-new
Areputable, experienced auto body shop can restore your vehicle to pre-accidentcondition (sometimes better). But this requires expert knowledge, certified andexperienced technicians and the right parts.
- Your insurance company may try to useaftermarket parts
Thereare two types of parts to replace those that are damaged: Original EquipmentManufacturer (OEM) parts and aftermarket parts. OEM parts are produced by yourcar’s manufacturer to fit your model specifically. Aftermarket parts are oftenmass-produced parts made by a third party and may fit many makes and models, sothey’re cheaper.
Often,insurance companies will only approve repairs using aftermarket parts becausethey are less expensive. However, aftermarket parts may void your warranty andaffect your resale value. Aftermarket parts could also be a poor fit, causingmechanical and/or safety issues down the road.
Makesure you go with a shop that will notify you if the insurance company is onlycovering aftermarket parts so you have the opportunity to tell them you wantOEM parts.
- You don’t have to deal with insurancecompanies alone
Aquality collision repair center will help you deal with insurance companies.They will send the first and the tear-down repair estimate directly and talk toyour claims agent to explain why they need to repair an issue that may not havebeen on the original estimate as well as update your insurance company (andyou) about the repair progress.
- You can choose your collision repair shop
Youdo not have to go with the collision repair shop the insurance providerrecommends. That’s your choice (by law, in most cases). After all, yourinsurance company may be recommending a shop solely based on location (theclosest) or the least expensive (which doesn’t always translate to qualityrepairs).
Whenchoosing a collision repair center, check references and the internet forreviews and information.
QuanzAuto Care has beenvoted “Best in the City” for collision repair year after year because wegenuinely care about you. Our certified technicians have the experience neededto get your car back to pre-accident condition with minimal disruption to yourlife. And we communicate directly with the insurance companies, so you don’thave to. Contact us today!