Yes, an accident event can be so stressful.
Finding the right Auto Body Shop can be very time consuming and painful. We would like to reduce most of your concerns in this article by explaining what a good Auto Body Shop is, and how to find the one that’s right for you.
The best auto collision shops are determined by the quality of work and materials that are applied, and of course the timeliness of the overall job. Quality can be separated by two different attributes parts/materials and labor. The quality of factory OEM parts far exceeds that of the after-market kind. Sure after-market products are cheaper, but that’s what’s also happening to your vehicle it’s being “cheapened.” Simply put the materials used are of poor quality, this problem magnifies with misshapen parts due to terrible molds. A good shop will avoid this route by any means necessary. With a factory OEM part, the vehicle owner is maintaining the value of their automobile, along with its structural durability.
The bond, primer, and paint needed to repair your vehicle should be of the highest quality in order to produce the best resulting finished product. Most auto body shops have converted to water-based environmentally safe painting, and only a good body shop will offer a lifetime guarantee on these paint jobs.
The quality of labor is a significant factor in a vehicle’s finished result.
Starting with properly trained technicians who should be certified in their field of automotive work. Their experience plays a bigger role as well, for example, we have employees with various related backgrounds in mechanics, engineering, and custom fabrication. This helps out when rapid knowledge is needed regarding a vehicle with custom modifications. A good collision repair shop will also have knowledge in all major automobile models including old and new.
A shop’s slow repair process can sometimes be unintentional.
Insurance companies are required to pay within 10 days after a claim receipt has been made, but this isn’t always the case. Insurance companies avoid payment by mocking up a phony legal notice or by evading phone calls to “wear you out”. A good shop will stand up for their customer, and deal directly with the insurance. This is not to be confused with a “direct repair shop” or a “preferred provider” shop that works with the insurance to save them money and devalue your vehicle with after-market parts in order to secure work for themselves.
A good shop will argue against the insurance company in order to receive optimum repair coverage for your vehicle. Once the correct claim estimate is fashioned a well-established body shop will order the parts needed to repair the vehicle as soon as possible. It is important to do this right away to keep from back orders, shipping delays, or any other problems that can occur (like the wrong part showing up). The overall turnaround time is determined by the amount of work needed for the vehicle, delays caused by insurance and parts companies, and the effectiveness of the auto collision repair shop.
A great way to determine how effective an Auto Body Shop operates is to use review sites like Yelp. You will be able to verify a business’s time or quality based off of reviews created for that specific shop.
Another option to find reviews regarding an auto body shop is to use Facebook or Google Reviews. According to users experiences, these sites aren’t as reputable as Yelp (due to some superior algorithm functions), they can give you more perspective of how well that specific collision repair shop is doing. Use your best judgment, and don’t always trust every review that you read. Remember you have the choice to choose the body shop you want and don’t be steered by your insurance company or anyone else. Do the research and educate yourself, and you will be satisfied with the newly repaired vehicle.