How to Choose a Body Shop
This is a complicated question with a lot of different answers. Take the time to read our blog on the 5 things you should know when choosing a body shop.
PRICE IS NOT THE WAY TO CHOOSE A SHOP
In most transactions, we are accustomed to making decisions based on price. In the collision repair industry, even though it may appear that all things are equal there can be very big differences. Improper repair methods can be very dangerous.
Does the shop you are evaluating have manufacturer factory training and certification? Are they an I-CAR Gold Class shop? These are signs that they can restore your car back safely to pre-accident condition.
SOURCE FOR REPAIR STANDARDS
Ask the shop where they get their repair methods? Do not use a shop that does not subscribe to your car’s factory specifications. These cars are complex and built by brilliant engineers. If the shops thinks they are smarter, that’s not the shop for you. You’d be surprised how few shops subscribe to the factory specifications. It’s the only safe way to repair a car.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH INSURANCE Companies
Almost every shop will tell you they take any insurance. The problem is delays that may occur. It can take days or weeks of additional time to process your vehicle if the shop is not accustomed to dealing with particular insurance companies. Most insurance companies develop relationships with larger shop groups over years of working together. These relationships are based upon years of earned trust. These relationships expedite your repair. The staff is trained to do work with the insurance company and has specific software to communicate and expedite the repair. Without this, the insurance company has to come out to the shop, adding additional time to the process.