One of the biggest concerns consumers have when they choose a collision repair shop is whether the repairs done will actually restore their vehicle to the state it was in before the accident. There isn’t a real clear-cut answer to the question posed in the title of this post, because each collision, and each vehicle, is different. More severe collisions make it very difficult for even the best technicians working with the best equipment to restore cars and trucks to pre-accident states. However, in many cases, the repairs done will result in the damaged vehicle returning to its pre-collision condition. Here’s how good repair shops can make that happen.
Repairing damaged frames
Just because your vehicle has sustained damage to its frame, doesn’t mean that it’s a write off. A car or truck is only considered a total loss when the price of repairs is more than the value of the vehicle. The vehicle owners’ insurance company determines the value of the vehicle. It’s important to remember that repairs to a vehicle’s frame can be done, and if the extent of the damage is not too acute, the repair work can cost less than the total value of the vehicle.
Collision repair technicians will utilize computerized measuring systems to make precise repairs to the damaged vehicle frame. If a bend in the frame is too difficult to straighten, the damaged section of the frame can be removed and replaced. In the case of either repair or replacement, the vehicle’s frame will be restored to the same level of strength as it had before the accident.
Fixing scratches and chips
Even small blemishes on a car require skilled technicians to fix them to make sure that the original condition of the vehicle’s exterior is restored. If an area of the vehicle has been chipped or scratched, that area will need to be sanded down until it is even and smooth. A special spot putty may also be used to enhance smoothness. That putty gets sanded down again, then painted and finished. The whole process may seem extensive for a small cosmetic flaw, but it’s necessary to bring the vehicle back to its original state.
Precise shades of colour
When it comes to repairing the cosmetic appearance of a vehicle after a collision, using the right colour of paint on the repaired area is vital. If technicians can’t properly match shades of colours, the repaired area will stand out against the rest of the vehicle. Luckily, there are sophisticated paint systems available that give technicians the ability to precisely match the finish of the vehicle to the finish that will be used on the repaired section.
Peace of mind when you leave the shop
It’s important for drivers to feel confidence in their repaired vehicle. Repair shops that can properly restore your damaged vehicle to its pre-collision condition will often guarantee their repairs with a lifetime warranty. That protection can help drivers feel safe when they get back on the road again; as though they were driving the same car they had before their accident.