4 Ways to Promptly Find Reliable Auto Collision Repair Services

You’ve been in a car accident. You’re shaken up. Once you’ve finished taking care of exchanging insurance information, filing a police report and tending to any injuries, now you have the work of getting your car repaired.

So how do you quickly find a reliable auto collision repair service?

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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!

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.

Quanz Cares  

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.

Why You Should Always Use a Professional Collision Repair Shop

There are some things you can DIY with no problems—car washes, repainting interior walls, moving your own furniture. But there are some things you should never attempt to do yourself or allow an uncredentialled “professional” to handle—like collision repair.

No matter how minor the damage may seem, you should always go to a reputable collision repair shop like Quanz Auto Body to avoid risks like: Continue reading Why You Should Always Use a Professional Collision Repair Shop

Collision vs. Comprehensive Coverage—What’s the Difference?

Auto body repair can get expensive quickly. So, whenever possible, you should have insurance coverage that can minimize or eliminate out-of-pocket expenses. That may lead you to look into collision coverage and comprehensive coverage. Which one do you need? Or do you need both of them?

Because Quanz Auto Body helps handle a lot of insurance claims for auto body repairs, we know a few things about auto insurance. Here’s what you need to know: Continue reading Collision vs. Comprehensive Coverage—What’s the Difference?

Making Sense of Collision Repair Costs

Auto body repairs are something that you just can’t (or shouldn’t) DIY. So, you have to leave it to the professionals. But that’s inevitably expensive. What gives?
The cost of collision repairs makes sense when you know what those numbers—especially labor costs—represent. Here’s what you need to know to make sense of your estimate or final bill: Continue reading Making Sense of Collision Repair Costs

What Is an OEM-Certified Auto Body Repair Facility and Why Should You Choose One?

If you’ve had the misfortune of having a car accident, often you will go to the repair shop your insurance company directs you to. But that may not always be your best choice. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and sometimes that can come at the expense of quality repairs.

For your auto body repair, you should insist on an OEM-certified shop like Quanz Auto Body.

Understanding OEM Shop Certification

OEM certification is a certification bestowed by a car manufacturer to a repair shop that meets their standards for: Continue reading What Is an OEM-Certified Auto Body Repair Facility and Why Should You Choose One?

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

It Was Just Minor Collision Damage…Why Is Repair Taking So Long?

After any collision that requires auto body repair, you know to expect your car’s going to be out of commission for at least a couple days…more for more serious damage. What takes “so long”? Here’s a peak at the process…it’ll help you understand why auto body repair can’t, isn’t and shouldn’t be done “lickety split.” Continue reading It Was Just Minor Collision Damage…Why Is Repair Taking So Long?

Why We’ve Been Voted “Best in the City”…Again

The votes have been tallied and the announcements made, but just recently you may be noticing the new “Best of the City” award stickers on doors, maybe even celebratory specials. As you may already know, Quanz Auto Body won “Best of the City” for auto body repair in 2016…like we did in 2015 and 2014 and 2013 and 2011. What’s the secret behind our success? Our commitment to you!

We Offer the Best Product

Part of what makes us Albuquerque’s best choice for collision repair is Continue reading Why We’ve Been Voted “Best in the City”…Again