The Steps in the Collision Repair Process
Getting into an automobile accident can be one of the scariest and most stressful experiences for any car owner. Even worse are the extensive or expensive structural repairs your car might need.
Many vehicle owners are unaware of the collision repair process. However, understanding this process ensures that your vehicle receives quality work from trustworthy repair technicians. While seemingly complex, the collision repair process is relatively straightforward once you take a closer look.
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Step One: Vehicle Assessment and Initial Estimate
Before beginning repairs on your vehicle, technicians must garner an initial understanding of the damage. During the inspection, repair technicians will take detailed accounts of damage to your car’s body. They will assess structural damage during later steps.
Step Two: Insurance Approval
Most car owners have car insurance. During a repair process, this insurance will come in handy to offset the potentially enormous damage costs. After the initial assessment of your vehicle’s condition, we’ll contact your insurance provider to see what damage your policy might cover.
Step Three: Disassembly
It’s impossible to understand the full extent of vehicle damage without taking a look “under the hood.” In step three of the collision repair process, repair technicians disassemble your car’s body to gather a more holistic picture of the damage. This step helps our team devise the best repair plan.
Step Four: Structural and Body Repairs
Now that technicians have assessed the damage, it’s time to begin repairs. An electronic measuring system guides repair technicians, ensuring that your car’s structure returns to factory specifications. This step includes wheel alignment, suspension repairs, dent repair, and other tune-ups.
Step Five: Paint Prep
Preparing your car’s body for repainting is a crucial step. After prepping each panel, your vehicle is ready for a fresh coat of paint, sealant, and primer. This step helps your car look factory-new.
Step Six: Reassembly
Once technicians repair the damage, they will reassemble your vehicle. Final touches begin with recalibrating your car’s systems and polishing the body.
Step Seven: Final Inspection and Detailing
Finally, your car is restored and hopefully looks much closer to its pre-crash condition. During the final inspection, repair technicians clean any dust or debris that might have accumulated throughout the repair process. After a test drive, your car is ready for pickup.
Step Eight: Completion and Return to Customer
Once our repair technicians confirm that your car is ready to return to the roads, you can retrieve your vehicle and begin driving again. Before leaving, we’ll provide the final bill with a breakdown of the costs required to return your vehicle to pre-accident conditions. These costs include ordered parts, additional damage, and labor.