Accidents happen every day. Anyone can be involved in a car accident, anywhere, and any time of the day or night. Accidents are unfortunate events that are sometimes unavoidable. When you go out on the road each day, you will find many cars plying the streets. 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.
Fortuntately, most car accidents are relatively minor with very 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. Collision repair is important and absolutely necessary after accidents.
In most instances, you insurance company pays for the repairs and damages. Before choosing an auto collision repair service, you need to consider some important things. This will make sure that your car is dealt with and repaired properly.
Most insurance companies work with certain body repair shops and they will soon refer you to them. But, you have the option to choose who repairs your car. 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. You still have to be careful in choosing one since there are also bad eggs in the industry who cut corners to boast that they services are cheaper and faster.
It is important that you ask the collision repair shop about the replacement parts that they use. New original parts are being used by reputable body repair shops. 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. They have inferior quality and can cause problems to your car. These parts usually rattle, corrode, and diminish the value of your car.
One of the most important factors to consider during collision repair is the paint match. Some cars that you see have body parts that are not matching the exact color of the car. Matching a newly painted body panel to your car can be quite difficult. There can be a very obvious difference in color and shade in some instances.
When you go to the shop to pick up your car, ask them which 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. If you see a difference, you may need to ask for some extra paint work for a better match.