5 Things You Should Know before Getting Auto Body Collision Repair

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!

Why You Should Always Choose OEM Parts for Collision Repair

When you’ve been in an accident and your car needs collision repair, you want to know that your car is once again safe to drive. At Quanz Auto Body, we truly care about our customers, and we want to ensure that you do get your car back in the best condition possible so you know you can drive it safely for years to come.

One of the best ways to do that is to always choose OEM parts for collision repair.

What are OEM Parts?

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. OEM parts are made bythe car manufacturer, not a third party. In other words, OEM parts are made specifically for your vehicle make and model.

The alternative to OEM parts are aftermarket parts—components manufactured by a third party. Aftermarket parts may be of comparable quality and fit…then again, they may not. Sometimes (and it’s not always easy to know when), aftermarket parts are not made to manufacturer specifications or properly fit a specific make and/or model. Because aftermarket parts are often designed to fit multiple makes and models, they are generally produced at high volume, and thus, they are usually cheaper.

Why You Should Always Choose OEM Parts for Collision Repair

Although aftermarket parts may reduce the cost of collision repair, the certified auto body technicians at Quanz Auto Body recommend choosing OEM parts for collision repair. Like we said earlier, OEM parts are made by your car’s maker—they fit your car. Period. And the right fit is crucial to ensuring the integrity and safety of your vehicle after an accident.

Plus, OEM parts give you greater assurance of quality and typically come backed by a more extensive warranty than aftermarket parts. And in some cases, the use of aftermarket parts may decrease the resale value of your car.

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Unfortunately, some insurance companies try to reduce the cost of repairs they’re covering for you by approving estimates with aftermarket parts. At Quanz, we use OEM parts in our collision repair estimates to avoid cost comparisons that could jeopardize the quality of your repairs. But, if your insurance carrier insists on aftermarket parts, we will alert you so that you can contact your insurance provider and request approval for OEM parts. We are always happy to assist with your claims processing, so we’ll provide the documentation and communicate directly with your insurance carrier as needed.

Your safety is our priority. For collision repairs you can feel good about, contact us and find out for yourself what award-winning collision repair really is.

How We’ve Gotten So Many “Best of” Awards

Thank you, Albuquerque, for making Quanz Auto Body the 2018 “Best of the City” award winner…again! We have consistently been voted your favorite location for auto body repair since 2012. How do we do it?

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How to Choose the Right Collision Repair Shop in ABQ

There are more than 100 collision repair shops in Albuquerque—just Albuquerque. So, which one should you choose to restore your car to pre-accident condition?

When you know what factors to look for, the choices get whittled down to a more manageable number. And when you know what questions to ask, you can find the best collision repair shop in town (spoiler in case you’re pressed for time: it’s Quanz Auto Body…voted Best of the City, again, in 2017).

Options Management: What to Look for in a Collision Repair Shop

Yes, there are dozens and dozens of auto body shops, but from the get-go, not all of them are going to be the right choice for you. For starters, you can eliminate a number of garages based on: Continue reading How to Choose the Right Collision Repair Shop in ABQ

A Look at the Collision Repair Process

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Bad weather often incites bad driving, and the combination makes for an increased risk of an accident. Because vehicles are designed to protect passengers in an accident, nearly every collision, no matter how minor, requires some repair to restore the integrity and appearance of your vehicle.

When you take your car to Quanz Auto Body for collision repair, here’s what you can expect: Continue reading A Look at the Collision Repair Process

Why Is My Car Now “Totaled” if it Runs?

You have probably heard the phrase “totaled” before, as in “That accident totaled my car.” You may have even experienced it for yourself. However, what many drivers may not realize is that a car doesn’t have to be irreparably destroyed to be considered a total loss – and you may be unpleasantly surprised by your insurance company’s decision to total a car that can still drive.

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DIY Tips for Auto Body Collision Repair

If you have ever had to take your vehicle in for repair after a collision, you understand that it isn’t always affordable. However, depending on the severity of the damage from the accident, you may be able to repair it yourself at home and save the expense a mechanic may charge you. Continue reading DIY Tips for Auto Body Collision Repair