Here’s the situation: You were in an accident; thankfully your car wasn’t totaled. The insurance company has given you the go-ahead to get repairs done. But before you approve any repairs yourself, there are a few things you should know before getting body collision repair.
- There may be more damage beneath the surface
When a vehicle hits an object at high speed, the impact moves through the entire car. The damage that impact causes isn’t always visible right away. Components are designed to absorb or transfer impact in different ways/at different rates to minimize risk to driver and passenger. That means there may be damage to other parts, including the frame, alignment or body panels beneath what may look like just a bent fender or dented panel.
It is essential that you have a certified technician do a thorough inspection and disassembly of your car before any repairs begin. It will give you and the insurance companies a clear picture of all the repairs needed and how much it will cost.
- Your car can be good-as-new
A reputable, experienced auto body shop can restore your vehicle to pre-accident condition (sometimes better). But this requires expert knowledge, certified and experienced technicians and the right parts.
- Your insurance company may try to use aftermarket parts
There are two types of parts to replace those that are damaged: Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts and aftermarket parts. OEM parts are produced by your car’s manufacturer to fit your model specifically. Aftermarket parts are often mass-produced parts made by a third party and may fit many makes and models, so they’re cheaper.
Often, insurance companies will only approve repairs using aftermarket parts because they are less expensive. However, aftermarket parts may void your warranty and affect your resale value. Aftermarket parts could also be a poor fit, causing mechanical and/or safety issues down the road.
Make sure you go with a shop that will notify you if the insurance company is only covering aftermarket parts so you have the opportunity to tell them you want OEM parts.
- You don’t have to deal with insurance companies alone
A quality collision repair center will help you deal with insurance companies. They will send the first and the tear-down repair estimate directly and talk to your claims agent to explain why they need to repair an issue that may not have been on the original estimate as well as update your insurance company (and you) about the repair progress.
- You can choose your collision repair shop
You do not have to go with the collision repair shop the insurance provider recommends. That’s your choice (by law, in most cases). After all, your insurance company may be recommending a shop solely based on location (the closest) or the least expensive (which doesn’t always translate to quality repairs).
When choosing a collision repair center, check references and the internet for reviews and information.
Quanz Auto Care has been voted “Best in the City” for collision repair year after year because we genuinely care about you. Our certified technicians have the experience needed to get your car back to pre-accident condition with minimal disruption to your life. And we communicate directly with the insurance companies, so you don’t have to. Contact us today!