Which Auto Body Repair Shop is Right for Me?

Which Auto Body Repair Shop is Right for MeWhether you drive a brand new car or an older model, whether it is a Mercedes-Benz or a Chevrolet, you deserve quality collision repair. So how do you choose the right auto body shop?

Most collision repair centers fit into three categories: dealer, corporate owned and independent. Some people choose dealership auto body shops because they assume a dealer will repair their car the best because they sell that brand. Unfortunately, this is not always true. A dealership’s primary business is selling cars. The service department, collision repair and parts department are all a secondary business. If you check the manufacturer’s website, often dealership collision centers are not even certified by the manufacturer for collision repair.

Corporate Owned/Multi Shop facilities are usually owned by a group of investors and often have relationships with insurance companies to do a great volume of work at a discounted price. You may see their commercials on t.v or hear them on the radio. Most will not even give you an estimate without an appointment. When customers call the facility they often talk to a nationwide call center not a receptionist at the front desk.

Airpark Collision Center is I-Car Gold Class certified.
Airpark Collision Center is I-Car Gold Class certified.

Lastly, there are independently owned auto body shops. This is their primary business. If they were not very good at what they do, they would not survive. When looking for an independent auto body facility, you should look for certifications both I-Car and Manufacturer. Airpark Collision Center is I-Car Gold Class certified. Only 10% of collision repair facilities in the United States have reached “Gold” status. Gold status ensures that the technicians and the collision repair facility are highly skilled and able to work on new models and a wide variety of vehicles. In addition to Airpark Collision Center’s I-Car Gold certification, we are also manufacturer certified by most brands, both domestic and foreign. This ensures that your vehicle will not only look great but will be returned to safety specifications.

When you visit any auto body shop for an estimate, take notice of the kind of vehicles being repaired. Look around at the equipment, does it look new or old? How are you treated? Just like any industry some businesses are better than others. If you have been in an accident you do not need the added stress of choosing the wrong auto body repair facility. Airpark Collision Center, encourages you to ask friends, family or read online reviews. Choosing the right auto body repair facility, will mean your vehicle is returned to pre-accident condition without the hassle.

Tina Small has been part of the Airpark Collision Center team since 2006. Working directly with customers, her goal is to share frequent customer questions, and proper methods of collision repair.