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Guide to Auto Collision Repairs

Each day accidents happen. 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. Some factors that lead to car accidents are drivers that are distracted by phone calls, texting, lack of sleep, bad weather and other factors. This makes car crashes and collisions 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. It is usually the doors and the fenders that get damaged first. After accidents, collision repair is absolutely necessary.

In most instances, you insurance company pays for the repairs and 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.

The body repair shops that insurance companies refer you to are the companies that they work with. However these are just referrals and you decision is still final when choosing a body repair shop. Many repair shops that are recommended by insurance companies are reputable shops that give you high quality repair. However, not every single one of them is reputable and there are always bad eggs in an industry who gets the job done cheaper and faster by cutting corners.

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. The quality of these aftermarket parts are inferior and they can be harmful 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. There are times when you see car with body parts not matching the exact color of the car. It can be quite difficult to match a newly painted body panel to your car. There are times when the difference in color and shade is very obvious.

Ask the shop 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. A difference even just in shade would require extra paint work for a better match.

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