When to Consider Paintless Dent Repair

Minor fender benders might not be as stressful as full-blown collisions, but they can still cost you a pretty penny on repair costs. That’s why paintless dent repair is a good option when applicable. While only a skilled auto body tech can tell for sure whether this is the best choice for you, the following are a few questions to ask yourself when searching for help with your vehicle.

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What Are the Most Common Repairs Auto Body Shops Do?

Damage to your vehicle’s exterior not only looks bad, it can also compromise performance if the issue isn’t addressed as soon as possible. Fortunately, a reliable auto body shop will offer many different services, which can restore the appearance of your vehicle while also ensuring it runs optimally.

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Taking Care of Minor Dents and Scratches on Your Own

Regardless of how careful you are with your vehicle, it’s bound to acquire a few dents and scratches here and there. When it does, you may wish to restore the bodywork to like-new condition. While you should turn to an auto body shop for more extensive repair work, you may be able to buff out minor dents and scratches on your own. Read on for tips on how to do so for the best possible effect.

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How To Find an Auto Body Repair Shop After an Accident

If you were involved in a car accident, you know you can count on your insurance company to cover the cost of repairs. However, what you don’t know is whether or not the Albuquerque repair shop you choose has your best interests in mind or the insurer’s. Some auto body repair shops truly do want to restore the value of your vehicle, while others, unfortunately, try to downplay claims, minimize repair costs, use cheap parts and even fail to fully repair issues. Though you may think you’re getting a good deal, the truth is that these practices can significantly 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 for reputable repair shops.

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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!

3 Reasons You Should Repair Dents ASAP

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

How Are Your Damages Estimated?

Auto Workshop Mechanic Inspecting Damage To Car And Filling In Repair Estimate

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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Don’t Wait ‘til Spring to Repair Winter Collision Damage

accidentWinter 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