Everything in life is bound to change in some way, shape, or form. It’s only normal and part of why we need to always be ready for when change happens.
Automobile construction is evolving faster in the last decade than in more than twenty years. In fact, the way auto repair technicians approach a car repair is incredibly different than what it was even just 5 years ago. What used to be a universal method for all cars has now evolved into specialized and complex repair plans for each individual vehicle. The best body shops have highly trained technicians capable of handling these type of repairs because they know they are not only what you want, but what your vehicle needs. A bad car repair can not only put you at risk for getting into an accident but can cause the advanced safety features your car is designed with to no longer work properly.
This is where we at Mid Island Collision Center come in and want to clarify some things about present-day car repair New York drivers may not be aware of, including some terminology on car repair estimates that you may not be aware of.
Back in the day, your insurance company would send you around town collecting a few different repair estimates before they paid a claim. Then, it became just one estimate, but there was a catch. It had to come from a body shop of their choosing. Then the insurance company adjusters wrote the estimate. Now, in some cases, there are no adjusters. There is just a website to upload your own photos. However, these changes haven’t been for the better and have only complicated car repair. You deserve to take your car to be repaired somewhere that is knowledgeable and can help you with any of your repair needs.
The only way to deliver a proper and thorough diagnosis of the damages on a vehicle is to create a complete repair plan. This includes a few hours of research on how the manufacturer expects the repair to be made, which is a good thing. But this type of estimate requires a full teardown of the vehicle and you are not going to do that just for an estimate. There is also likely to be a fee involved that will be covered by the insurance claim should you choose to have the repair done. The days of the free estimate are breathing their last breath.
Occasionally, you’ll receive an initial estimate from your insurance company. This will get things moving, but it is not complete or the final cost of the repair. There will most likely be additional hidden damage that will require a supplement and could possibly total the vehicle.
A proper and thorough diagnosis of vehicle damage and a repair plan is likely to contain quite a few line items that are unfamiliar to you. Today, we are explaining two terms that show up frequently on an estimate and our customers often ask us about. Those terms are R&R and R&I.
What Is R&R?
R&R on an auto body estimate stands for “remove and replace.” Remove and replace occurs when a part is removed from a vehicle and is past the point of being able to be repaired. As a result, the removed part is replaced with a new one. Some auto repair technicians might attempt to repair the part before replacing it with an entirely new part. However, R&R typically refers to removing the damaged part and replacing it with an entirely new replacement part.
To perform a repair that is up to your car’s manufacturer’s standards, technicians need to be highly trained in OEM repair procedures. These the highest quality and safest because they are specialized for each vehicle. Not following OEM repair procedures can cause the advanced safety features (commonly known as ADAS) your car is built with to no longer work.
This is why it’s critical you take your vehicle to be repaired at a body shop that knows the importance of following OEM repair guidelines and doesn’t approach a repair based on experience. New York is a state that doesn’t require technicians to be licensed to repair your car. You only want to take your car to be repaired at a body shop that has invested in training for the technicians so they give you the best repair out there.
The complexity of car repair today creates additional steps that need specialized attention, or it can create lasting damage to your vehicle. As mentioned above, a repair technician would know if a repair calls for R&R only after they complete a thorough diagnosis of the vehicle. This comes after the car is taken apart so technicians can accurately asses the damage and see what needs to be repaired. Keep in mind that the “replace” part of an R&R repair does not mean a replacement of the damaged part with it being repaired. R&R is a replacement for an entirely new piece for the car.
What Is R&I?
Unlike R&R, where a part is entirely replaced, R&I stands for “remove and install.” This happens when a part is removed from the damaged car and reinstalled later. The removed part may even be repaired separately if required. Just like in R&R, remove and install calls for a thorough inspection of the vehicle to accurately determine what needs to be done to the vehicle. Highly trained technicians will be able to diagnosis the vehicle and repair it following the repair procedures laid out by your car’s manufacturer, including OEM repair procedures.
Why Choose Us
Here at Mid Island Collision Center, we only give the highest level of auto body repair. We know how confusing the repair process can be, especially when you feel the pressure from your insurance company. They want you to get your car back as soon as possible, but because they have a budget set in mind. However, can you ever put a price on having the safest and highest quality repair for your car?
We refuse to repair any vehicle that comes into our shop any other way but the OEM way, because that’s the ONLY way cars should be repaired. No repair is ever the same, even if two identical cars were hit the exact same way. We would still complete a unique repair plan to each individual car and that’s the quality of service you should expect out of a car repair.
Our technicians are all highly trained in OEM repairs because they know the importance of these repairs. We feel quite confident we’d be able to provide you with the excellence in customer service and high quality that you deserve. If you’d like to schedule an estimate or to get a free online quote, click here to get started. Or, feel free to give us a call at anytime at (516)-766-0101. We look forward to hearing from you!