Whether you just received car repair or are currently looking where to get your car repaired, chances are you have several questions about the process. Questions ranging from cost of repair or even how long it will take are all perfectly normal questions to have.
Regardless of what your question might be, you’d expect that a body shop would give you the best repair for your car. It seems like more body shop would be performing higher quality repairs, especially with how advanced cars have gotten in recent years, right?
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Every day, people are victims of bad collision repair and typically don’t know it’s happened to them until they’ve left the shop. Some of these problems aren’t even detectable, but can be occurring within your car and can be severely putting your safety at risk. Only auto repair shops that are OEM certified know how to repair your car the right way because they follow the strict repair procedures laid out by your manufacturer, commonly known as OEM repairs.
Maybe you have yet to have your car repaired are simply wanting to know the warning signs of bad collision repair. Whatever the case may be, we at Mid Island Collision are here to show New York drivers what to look for.
It’s important to note that the state of New York doesn’t require technicians to be licensed to operate in a car, it is the shop’s responsibility to pay for the technician’s training in collision repair. The best body shops have highly trained technicians capable of performing any repair that comes into the shop the way the manufacturer would instruct. These shop owners know the importance of their technicians being trained and never take any short cuts in the repair process. That’s the only way we perform repairs here at Mid Island Collision.
What Are The Signs?
As mentioned above, poor collision repair may not always be something that you can see but can be affecting your car from the inside. We pulled together a list of things to check once you pick up your vehicle from the shop.
Check them out below:
Test to make sure:
-The steering feels normal (not “gravelly” or “choppy” when you turn the wheel).
-The car drives straight even when you take your hands off the wheel momentarily
-The brakes work properly and stop in a straight line (no pulling to one side or another).
-There’s no delay in the handling through turns, and it’s responding normally
-Electronic accessories work
-Unusual noises such as whistling or roaring from the wind, whining, or grating
-The paint looks different than other parts on the car and in different lighting settings
-Water leaks (which can lead to corrosion to the body structure and interior damage)
-Gaps between body panels
-Bumper is misaligned
-The doors, hood, and lift gate open and close smoothly
-No warning lights illuminated on the dashboard
-Headlights, brake lights, and blinkers work properly
-Uneven gaps between body panels
-Distance between tire and fender is the same on both sides of the car
In addition to the above checklist, your car must be returned to you cleaned. Believe it or not, a dirty vehicle is another sign of poor repair service. This is because your car is bound to get dirty once it is in the service bay. A quality body shop will not only repair your vehicle correctly but will also return it to you looking brand new.
What to do if you suspect that you have received improper collision repair?
If you believe you’ve received improper collision repair, you are not alone. You can request what’s known as a “post-repair inspection (PRI).” This may be an out of pocket expense at first (typically just a couple hundred dollars). However, if you’ve received horrible repair and it’s proven so with documentation from a qualified auto body shop or appraiser, your Insurance company could get involved. They would then deal with the body shop that gave you the poor service, and the right steps will take place.
Because of how often people are unfortunate collision repair victims, more body shops are offering to provide this documentation as a service. It might take a while to get a resolution, but the results will be worth it.
Your Safety Is At Risk:
Technicians put your safety at risk each time they perform an inadequate repair, no matter the size of the repair or what needs to be done. You can’t put a price tag on safety, which is why it’s critical you get your vehicle repaired somewhere that puts your safety as the top priority.
OEM repairs aren’t just the highest quality. They are also created to ensure your car protects you with the same level of safety it was originally designed for. Anything less than these repairs won’t be able to come close to the level of protection you need. If you get in an accident after receiving bad repair, you can get seriously injured or possibly get killed.
Where In New York Can I Get Proper Car Repair?
Here at Mid Island Collision Center, we have seen too many times where people have been victims of bad collision repair. Typically, it comes as a result of technicians ignoring OEM repairs and thinking their experience trumps these repair procedures. However, this is an extremely dangerous way to repair cars and no car manufacturer would ever agree with this. That’s why we only repair cars following what the OEM says.
As a result, we are Long Island’s number one choice for collision repair because your safety is our number one priority. We feel quite confident we’d be able to provide you with the excellence in customer service and high quality that you deserve.
We look forward to hearing from you!