After an accident, you may have some important questions about the auto body repair process. Once a repair shop has been chosen and conversations with insurance providers have taken place, it’ll be time to complete the repairs.
Any reputable auto body shop will always provide answers and keep in constant communication throughout the repair process. Automotive Training Center is taking a closer look at how repairs are completed, and what actually happens when technicians take a look at a car and assess damage.
How is a fender bender fixed?
Fenders and bumpers are designed to protect the car. The front and rear bumper covers enhance the cosmetic look of the vehicle. The reinforcement and energy absorber behind the bumper cover protects the engine, headlights, and taillights. The fender is slightly different than the bumper, and may be made out of different materials. The fender is connected to the bumper and the unibody structure.
A small scratch can typically be buffed out, but deep scratches might take a bit of work. Bumper and fender repair may include repainting to match the rest of the vehicle. This can often be the most extensive part of the repair.
What happens if more damage is found during repairs?
The original estimate is just that, an estimate. While they’re usually fairly accurate, the visual damage found during an estimate may not exactly match what’s found when repairs begin. There could be hidden damage that needs to be tended to, and that’s normal due to today’s complex vehicles.
If more damage is found, the auto body shop will work with the insurance company to communicate that this is the case. Usually, the process will proceed smoothly, and the shop will also be in touch to inform you that more repairs are needed.
Will genuine OEM parts be used?
When it comes to parts, it will typically depend on your policy and what the insurance carrier has to say. The insurance carrier could ask an auto body shop to use an aftermarket or used part to repair the vehicle, in which case, the shop will do their best to follow the request.
Some insurance carriers won’t offer OEM parts, and this is something to keep in mind when looking for car insurance. There’s a chance that you may have to request OEM parts, as it may not be part of your standard policy. It’s also important to remember older vehicles may not have OEM parts available.
Can paint color be properly matched?
Yes, the paint color will be matched. The vehicle paint code, which is found in various locations on a car, will help a body shop determine the car’s color and the paint-mixing formula to use.
Your car may not be the exact color as specified by the factory. If that’s the case, “tinting” or varying the formula may be done. Tinting alone may not result in a perfect match. Blending techniques may be used to help match the factory finish. This can take some time and patience is required, so it’s important to ensure you’re working with a facility that has certified technicians.
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