When looking for a car body shop to take care of any needed auto body work, there are several things you should take into consideration–safety, resale value after the repair, qualifications of technicians, training, and equipment. Remember you can select a car body shop of your choosing, even if your repairs involve an insurance claim or someone else is paying for the repair.
Because today’s vehicles are highly technical, an improperly repaired vehicle can pose serious safety concerns, as well as also economically harm the consumer due to loss in value of the vehicle. Quality, safety, and protecting the valve of your investment, should be your top three considerations when choosing a car body shop.
1. Compare Estimates —
The collision industry is a highly competitive industry and as in most professions, not all participants conduct themselves ethically. Lower estimates often overlook important procedures (e.g. corrosion protection) and some car body shops may intentionally omit such costly procedures and materials to keep their “estimated costs” low only to up the price after they have the vehicle dismantled in their shop and the consumer is powerless to combat overcharging. If one shop charges $800.00 and another charges $2500.00, then there is something the $800.00 shop missed, or is not going to fix.
2. Compare Car Body Shops —
Consumers should do their research (i.e., get personal referrals, check with Better Business Bureau, tour the facility, interview management, obtain references, and etc.) before making a decision. They then can request an estimate. The estimate should be explained in detail, and contain all the procedures necessary to properly and thoroughly restore your damaged vehicle to its pre-loss condition in safety, function, reliability and value.
3. Compare Parts —
Aftermarket (non-original equipment manufacturer or non-OEM) parts are usually cheaper and for a reason–these parts are counterfeit copies often made overseas and are not crash tested. The use of non-original manufacturer (non-OEM) parts lowers the value of a once-damaged and repaired vehicle.
4. Compare Warranties —
Most consumers would agree that the longer the warranty the higher the quality of repair. Many car body shops offer “Lifetime” warranties that will protect you for as long as you own the vehicle. If a car body shop provides a “Lifetime Warranty,” it illustrates their commitment to quality.
When it comes to choosing a trustworthy car body shop, don’t skimp! The value of your family’s safety and economic wellbeing, as well as the value of peace-of-mind is priceless! Contact our certified technicians at American Auto Body or go online to for more information and to schedule an appointment. Our car body shop serves vehicle owners in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding communities.