Each day accidents happen. 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. 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.
Fortuntately, most car accidents are relatively minor with very few 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. After accidents, collision repair is absolutely necessary.
Usually, it is the insurance company the gets the car repaired and pays for any damages. However, you need to consider some things before bringing your car to an auto collision repair service. 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. Since this is just a referral, you can still decide on your own where you want your car to be repaired. 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. 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. When you use them in your car, they usually rattle, corrode and diminish you car’s value.
One of the most important factors to consider during collision repair is the paint match. There are times when you see car with body parts not matching the exact color of the car. It is not that easy to match a newly painted body panel of your car with its original color. There can be a very obvious difference in color and shade in some instances.
Ask the shop which panels were painted and which are original. Then step away from your car and try to notice the difference in color. You may need to ask for some extra paint work for a better match if you see a difference.