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. Each day, millions of car ply the road and highways. Many are distracted by phone calls, texting, lack of sleep, bad weather and other factors that can lead to a car accident. It is unavoidable and inevitable that car crashes will occur when car drivers face these distractions.
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. It is usually the doors and the fenders that get damaged first. It is absolutely necessary to have your car repaired after a collision.
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.
You have to know that insurance companies refer you to body shops they work with. 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. But just like any o her business, there are a few bad eggs who try to cut corners to get the job done cheaper and faster.
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.
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. Aftermarket parts are of inferior quality to original parts and they can easily cause problems to your car. These parts usually rattle, corrode, and diminish the value of your car.
During collision repair, one of the most important factors to consider is the paint match. Some cars that you see have body parts that are not matching the exact color of the car. It can be quite difficult to match a newly painted body panel to your car. There can be a very obvious difference in color and shade in some instances.
You should let the shop tell you 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. If you see a difference, you may need to ask for some extra paint work for a better match.