Each day accidents happen. They happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone. They are unfortunate events but they are unavoidable at times. Each day, millions of car ply the road and highways. Some factors that lead to car accidents are drivers that are distracted by phone calls, texting, lack of sleep, bad weather and other factors. With these distractions, car accidents become unavoidable and inevitable.
There are many car accidents that are simply minor ones and there are not many injuries . However, your car can still suffer damages to both interior and exterior, even in a minor car accident. Doors and fenders are very susceptible to damage. It is absolutely necessary to have your car repaired after a collision.
Most cars have insurance policies that let the insurance company pay for the repairs and damages sustained by your car. But, when you have been in an accident, there are some things that you need to consider before hiring an auto collision repair service. If you take this step then you will be assured that you car will be repaired properly.
The body repair shops that insurance companies refer you to are the companies that they work with. Since this is just a referral, you can still decide on your own where you want your car to be repaired. It is good to know that most body shops recommended by insurance companies are reputable, and perform high quality repair. However, not every single one of them is reputable and there are always bad eggs in an industry who gets the job done cheaper and faster by cutting corners.
One important thing to determine is what kind of replacement parts the company uses. It is great if the shop uses new original parts. Aftermarket or used parts are used by some companies.
Your car can still perform well with a used part made by the same manufacturer, but don’t allow them to use aftermarket parts which are just cheap imitations. The quality of these aftermarket parts are inferior and they can be harmful to your car. Rattling, corroding, and diminishing the value of your car are some of the disadvantages of using aftermarket parts for your car.
Paint match is very important to consider during collision repair. it doesn’t look good for a car to have some parts that does not match the original color of the car. It can be quite difficult to match a newly painted body panel to your car. There are times when the difference in color and shade is very obvious.
Ask the shop which panels were painted and which are original. The only way you can tell is to step back a few feet from your car and observe the color in all places. A difference even just in shade would require extra paint work for a better match.