There is not a day that accidents don’t occur. Anyone can be involved in a car accident, anywhere, and any time of the day or night. Sometime you cannot avoid a car accident and when it happens it is such an unfortunate event. Millions of drivers pass each other on the road daily. Many are distracted by phone calls, texting, lack of sleep, bad weather and other factors that can lead to a car accident. With these distractions, car accidents become unavoidable and inevitable.
The good thing is that not all car accidents are major accidents where there are many injuries; some are minor ones with few injuries. Unfortunately, even minor accidents can cause serious damage to the interior and exterior of your car. Even in a minor accident can cause damage to your doors and fenders. It is absolutely necessary to have your car repaired after a collision.
Usually, it is the insurance company the gets the car repaired and pays for any damages. Before choosing an auto collision repair service, you need to consider some important things. If you take this step then you will be assured that you car will be repaired properly.
Most insurance companies work with certain body repair shops and they will soon refer you to them. However these are just referrals and you decision is still final when choosing a body repair shop. If you go to the collision repair shops recommended by your insurance company, you will find that most of them are reputable and give high quality repair services. 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.
It is important that you ask the collision repair shop about the replacement parts that they use. It is great if the shop uses new original parts. But there are companies that use aftermarket or used parts.
Used parts made by the same manufacturer can perform well in your car, but aftermarket parts are just cheap imitations. Aftermarket parts are of inferior quality to original parts and they can easily cause problems to your car. When you use them in your car, they usually rattle, corrode and diminish you car’s value.
During collision repair, one of the most important factors to consider is the paint match. it doesn’t look good for a car to have some parts that does not match the original color of the car. It is not that easy to match a newly painted body panel of your car with its original color. There are times when the difference in color and shade is very obvious.
Ask the shop which panels were painted and which are original. To check, you need to step back away from your car and try to see if there is any difference. A difference even just in shade would require extra paint work for a better match.