Whether you have recently had your Subaru repaired or are currently looking for the right auto body repair shop, there are new requirements for technicians to follow when repairing any Subaru vehicle. This past November, Subaru wholesale parts specialist Nicole Reidel confirmed, “ALL repairs must undergo the Post Repair Safety Inspection, regardless of severity.”
This might seem a bit excessive, especially if a vehicle only had it’s side-view mirror clipped off or was in a minor fender bender during rush hour. However, there are reasons why car manufacturers, like Subaru, come up with new demands on how to properly repair their cars. Even with these strict demands, most auto body shops will repair a car the way they always have and ignore whatever the manufacturer says. This is because they claim “experience” is more important than anything the manufacturer says. But if an experienced technician chooses to ignore what Subaru says, it could mean your car wouldn’t be able to provide you with the level of safety it was designed to do.
Post repair requirements for Subaru:
Car manufacturers will release these statements and conditions for several different reasons. In the case of Subaru, they created what is known as the “Post Repair Safety Inspection” for repairers. This is a post-collision repair inspection to ensure everything is working the way it needs to, and nothing is missed. The steering column will also be part of the inspection, regardless of the airbag deploying in an accident or how big the accident was. The steering column is a complex and integral part of your car, which is why it has its required inspection. You wouldn’t want to drive a car where the steering is compromised, and Subaru knows this.
In fact, a Subaru representative stated the following in regards to inspection of the steering column:
“It is also important to note that part of checking the steering system also involved checking the deflection of front and rear, upward and downward directions, and mounting condition to vehicle body of the column assembly – steering.”
One major problem is that insurance companies may push back on paying for a steering column inspection. To them, they would look at your car and say there’s nothing wrong with the steering, so they would deny paying for it. However, we all know looks can be deceiving and just because it’s not necessarily an issue you can “see,” it’s essential to the overall safety of your car. The steering column is full of different electrical components that work together along with the rest of your vehicle to keep you safe. It’s not as simple as you would think, which is why Subaru requires an inspection of the steering column to inspect any damage that may not be noticeable just by looking at the car like an insurance agent would.
If your insurance company doesn’t pay for this repair, it might require calling them and letting them know what Subaru says about this repair. If they still refuse to pay, you might have to pay out of pocket for this repair, which would be the next best thing to do, along with taking your car to a Subaru OEM certified repair shop.
Additional reasons why a Post Repair Safety Inspection is necessary:
Perhaps you got rear-ended from behind, and there might be other damage to the car that may not be visible. It could be as simple as a camera sensor knocked out alignment, which is a significant problem in modern vehicles.
The advanced safety technology built into cars, commonly known as ADAS, is a combination of camera, radar, and ultrasonic sensors. Even if your vehicle was slightly tapped in the parking lot, it would still require the post-repair inspection (including calibration), per Subaru’s demands. A camera that’s off by one degree can mean complete failure in the ADAS systems.
This is just one of the essential reasons why Subaru stressed whatever needs to be repaired or the severity of the damage, “ALL repairs must undergo the Post Repair Safety Inspection.”
Where you take your car to be repaired matters:
In New York, autobody repair technicians can perform a repair on your vehicle and aren’t legally required to follow these repair procedures. This means they can ignore the Post Repair Safety Inspection and give you a car that may appear fixed but is nowhere near the safe repair you need. As you read above, a sensor that’s off by one degree can mean total failure in your safety systems. Since this can’t be seen without scanning, calibration, or any post-repair inspections, it can be neglected entirely by a body shop that doesn’t follow what Subaru (or any manufacturer for that matter) says.
Why trust us with your Subaru repair needs:
Here at Mid Island Collision Center, we have seen too many times where drivers have been victims of lousy collision repair. They know we are the body shop they can trust because we refuse to repair cars any other way but the OEM way. Any technician who promises they can fix your vehicle solely out of their experience and not by doing exactly as the manufacturer instructs will only put you in greater danger of getting hurt in another accident.
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. 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.
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