If you wereinvolved in a car accident, you know you can count on your insurance company tocover the cost of repairs. However, what you don’t know is whether or not theAlbuquerque repair shop you choose has your best interests in mind or theinsurer’s. Some auto body repair shops truly do want to restore the value ofyour vehicle, while others, unfortunately, try to downplay claims, minimizerepair costs, use cheap parts and even fail to fully repair issues. Though youmay think you’re getting a good deal, the truth is that these practices cansignificantly degrade the value or your vehicle, or worse — put you in danger.You can avoid falling victim to shady repair shops by knowing how to look forreputable repair shops.Continue reading How To Find an Auto Body Repair Shop After an Accident
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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!
There are a great many fender benders that never get reported and vehicles never taken to the shop because they do not affect drivability. Many of them are in places you don’t often look on your car, so they may be out of sight, out of mind. But leaving dent repair for later could cost you. The I-CAR Gold Class technicians at Quanz Auto Body recommend getting dents repaired ASAP because: Continue reading 3 Reasons You Should Repair Dents ASAP
If you’ve never been involved in a car accident—count your blessings. If you have, then you already know you need to get a damage estimate before your insurance will issue payment for the repairs. So how are repairs estimated?
Damage Estimate Overview
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Winter driving conditions increase the risk of car accidents. If you are involved in a crash, you may be tempted to put repairs off until spring, especially if your car is drivable and looks okay…don’t. To prevent further damage, you need to get repairs done right way. Continue reading Don’t Wait ‘til Spring to Repair Winter Collision Damage
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
When a collision happens, the external body of a vehicle is usually damaged. And this requires body work to repair. But collision repair and body work are two different things, even if the auto shops that do one often do the other as well.
Superficial damage to your car’s Continue reading Collision Repair, Body Work—Same Thing, Right?
If you’re a college or high school student looking for a first car, you’re understandably excited, and you’re probably on a tight budget. Be sure that your excitement doesn’t lead to a hasty choice based on appearances. That old piece of junk that you’ve seen parked for months might still be a viable option. In fact, with a little work, an old clunker can be transformed with minor bodywork and some serious tender loving care. Continue reading Turning Old Junkers Into Student Cars