Collision Repair: What the Mechanic Does and How it Determines Prices

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Collision repair is any auto body work that is done on vehicles that are in need of repair following a collision or accident. This auto body work may include repair of body parts, crash repair, paint repair, auto glass repair, dent repair, car detailing, and much more. Collision repairs can be done at a shop that specializes in collision repair or you can even do your collision repair work at home. No matter where you choose to do your collision repair work, there are some important things to know before you get started.

The most important thing to know is that collision repair involves a type of auto body work known as “dynamic repair.” This is where trained automotive technicians determine the extent of the damage to a motor vehicle following an accident. From this information the technician then determines the most effective action for repairing the damage. The technician will also look at how much money is involved in the repair process. Most auto body work performed in a collision repair shop will cost anywhere from $800 – thousands of dollars.

Many collision repair schools focus on providing quality materials to their customers and working closely with local suppliers. It is important to only choose technicians who have received specialized training from a reputable and established collision repair school. Reputable collision repair schools have received accreditation and certifications from a wide variety of national agencies. Accredited schools and technicians use quality materials and employ qualified technicians who are experienced and well-trained. Technicians who receive proper training will save you time and money by performing the job properly. Accredited technicians will also save you the embarrassment of coming in to an auto body repair shop and asking if they sell the brand you need.

It is very important that collision repair technicians be bonded and insured. Most states require technicians to be insured, bonded, or licensed before they can perform any repairs at their facility. The National Association of Professional Builders (NAPCA) works diligently to regulate the quality of collision repair technicians in each state by holding workshops and seminars to educate and train technicians. All states have laws requiring collision repair technicians to be insured.

If your vehicle has been repaired at a body shop and it needs work in some areas, you may still want to consider taking it to another collision repair shop. Almost every major automobile manufacturer makes vehicles in various styles. Some cars need to be in certain positions in the vehicle to be repaired properly. For example, if the engine is in the middle of the car backseat, you cannot put a new engine in place and have the vehicle lifted up and back in an effort to have it repaired. You should instead have the technician diagnose the problem and suggest alternative solutions to fix it.

A reputable collision repair technician will make sure that all your vehicle repairs are done by experienced, trained mechanics. Some technicians may not have the experience needed to perform all repairs. Your technician should inspect your vehicle and make sure all paint jobs, interior damage, and general cosmetic damage is correct. They should also examine your body work, such as door jambs and the interior of the dash. In fact, all repairs made by collision repair technicians should be accompanied by a visual inspection of the vehicle by the technician.

When a collision repair technician inspects your vehicle, they will take photographs of any damage or malfunction and include these in their reports to your insurance company. In most cases, the pictures will be taken digitally and then black and white. Sometimes photographs are taken by the technician as well. Once the damage is repaired, the technician will make several copies of the report for your records.

You should contact your insurance company right away if you notice damage to your vehicle from a collision repair technician’s repairs. Often times, collision repair technicians will not charge to see the damage if you let them do an inspection first. If you have questions about what repairs need to be done and the approximate cost, you can usually call your insurance company for help. They can also give you a better idea of the approximate cost of all parts necessary to get your vehicle back on the road. The collision repair industry is a competitive one and many collision repair technicians work through their own company so you can expect your premium to be competitive.