The coronavirus pandemic is affecting us all worldwide however essential business must remain open and essential workers are continuing to drive to and from work. Even non-essential people still need to go to the grocery store, doctor appointments or perform other necessary tasks. As long as people are still driving, there will still be car accidents.
That is why Mid Island Collision is considered essential, so is still open and operating with additional precautions. Your safety is always our number one concern and the COVID-19 outbreak is just another reason to revisit ways to make sure your safety is protected. If you find yourself in need of collision repair now or in the future, we want to make sure you have all the tools to know you are making the right choice when it comes to selecting a collision repair shop.
Quite frankly, most auto body repair shops are a total wreck. Owners struggle to get properly paid by the insurance companies and have less money to reinvest back into the business. Many shops are using out dated tools and equipment, and their technicians are using out dated repair methods. But you deserve better and so does your car. Your life depends on the ability of an auto body repair technician to do their job properly. At Mid island, you will only find auto repairs done the way the auto manufacturers recommend– with OEM certified technicians using state of the art equipment mandated by the OEM’s.
How do you choose what body shop to use in Rockville Centre?
Many high production chain body shops will skip steps to save them time and money. The most frequently skipped step is their technicians choosing to get right to work on what damage they see rather than research the specific manufacturer recommended repair guidelines (OEM). This is a crucial step since every car make and model when in an accident requires a unique repair plan. There are specific and unique safety technology features, sensors and smart systems strategically placed throughout every modern car that may be hidden or integrated in ways that can not be seen or known unless researched. If a technician only repairs what can be seen, some of these systems or sensors may get missed and remain unchecked.
Unfortunately, not all body shops will research these OEM procedures this in an effort to save time which could put you at risk in the event of another accident. National body shop chains or high production shops are notorious for cutting corners to save them time which also saves them money.
Faster and cheaper repairs do not always mean better
High production shops will often quote your repair hundreds of dollars less and promise a faster turnaround than your local shop. It’s easy to get caught up in thinking this is they way to go because who wouldn’t want their car back sooner and to feel like they saved money? But your insurance deductible is the same no matter how expensive your repair may be and, in the auto industry, cheaper repair costs usually mean aftermarket parts are being used or corners are being cut.
Unfortunately, here at Mid Island Collision we have gotten cars in the shop that have had previously done and extremely unsafe repairs at one of these national chain body shops. We have written many posts about finding some of this sloppy work. Sometimes we do have to declare the vehicle a total loss or end up having a much more expensive repair bill in order to rectify the unsatisfactory repairs in addition to fixing the new damages. At the end of the day, your safety is our number one priority and we will not let you back on the road driving an unsafe vehicle.
Know the right questions to ask
Knowing the right questions to ask can help avoid you being stuck with a vehicle that is worse off after bad collision repair. You want to make sure you question the body shops procedures and ask if they refer to the OEM guidelines. Its also a good idea to ask about the technicians level of training and if they have any certifications.
Mid Island Collision thinks of the vehicle owner as its customer– not the insurance company. It is typical in the auto body repair industry for shops to cater to the insurance companies at the expense of the consumer. Our goal is to give you the safest, best, repair possible. We will work hard to explain to your insurer the best methods to repair your vehicle back to its pre-accident condition in appearance and function. We are not on any insurance company referral or Direct Repair Programs. Repair shops on insurance company programs are beholding to the insurance company. This compromises their ability to look out for your best interest. At Mid Island Collision, your best interests and producing the absolute best repair for you is our number ONE priority.