If you’ve been in an accident, the auto body repair technicians you choose will be your most valuable allies in helping you get back on the road as soon as possible. As with any mechanics, there are good ones and there are not so good ones. Here’s what to look for in quality auto body restoration services.
1. A thorough analysis: No work of any kind should be performed on a vehicle before it has gone through a rigorous analytical process to determine where damage has been done, including damage at the site of impact as well as any secondary damage that may have occurred. You should see that analysis in writing and provide written approval before work begins.
2. Complete disassembly of the affected area: It is simply not enough to repair the “outsides” of a car that has been in an accident. Chances are good that some underlying damage has occurred as well, and if it is not detected and repaired properly, you car (and you) may suffer even more damage should you ever be in another accident.
3. A great parts-ordering system: Even if you are given a loaner car to use, you want to get your own vehicle back as quickly as possible. Choose a restoration service that has a reliable parts-ordering system in place so you don’t have to wait any longer than you absolutely need to.
4. The frame of your car should always undergo a thorough examination and assessment, even if the damage to the chassis seems negligible. You want to be absolutely sure that the “skeleton” of your car is back in alignment with all factory specifications.
5. Professional painting: A good car restoration service will paint each part separately before reassembly for a more natural, straight-from-the-car-factory look. Beware those shops that only paint after the car is reassembled: it just doesn’t give you that finished look you expect and deserve.
Your car is an important part of your life: save yourself additional trauma after an accident by carefully selecting the very best auto body restoration professionals you can find.