Whether it's a small fender bender or something larger, you can have your vehicle repaired and restored to its original look after an accident. However, how successful your collision repair turns out has a lot to do with you knowing what to do. Here are some tips to get you started.
Inspect Paint Matches
If your collision repair requires the replacement of any panels on the vehicle, take a few moments to inspect the paint match before you authorize the repair shop to install it on your vehicle. Even a small difference in the paint colors is enough to affect the overall look of your vehicle.
It's far easier and more cost effective to correct the problem before the panel is installed, than it is to do so after. When inspecting the paint, request that the vehicle and the panel be taken outside so that you can get a view of the colors in sunlight. It's also best to step back a distance away from the vehicle to get a good look.
Request OEM Parts
Some collision repair shops use a number of different part options including used parts, aftermarket parts and OEM, or original equipment manufacturer parts. Always request OEM parts. Aftermarket parts are often imitations. They are a product that looks the same and is designed to function the same; however, they may be designed with lower quality parts in order to keep their cost lower.
Used parts already have wear and tear. With original equipment manufacturer parts, you're getting a new, high-quality replacement for your vehicle. Always ask a shop technician what type of parts they use.
You Get to Choose
Don't forget you get to choose your collision repair shop. Some drivers assume that they are restricted to the options their insurance company provides. This list is generally nothing more than a suggestion. Provided the shop is reputable, you are generally compensated for the repairs, wherever you go.
Unfortunately, in some instances, recommendations are shops known to offer the lowest price, but this doesn't mean the best work. If you aren't comfortable with the options your insurance provider offers you, don't hesitate to look elsewhere.
If your vehicle has been involved in an accident, make sure you're taking your time. From choosing your repair shop to choosing part options for your vehicle, there is no need to rush. The more you research and plan, the better the repairs.