do I choose a collision repair center?
Look for Experience
How long has the repair shop been in the business? This is a good
indicator of the stability and reliability of the repair center. But,
length of time in business sometimes does not reflect how aggressive
they are in keeping up with the latest repair methods and equipment.
So you should look beyond experience alon.
Look for modern equipment
Most cars built in the last eight to ten years have no frame. To repair
them properly (remember, pre-collision condition), a collision repair
facility must have a unibody measuring device and a pulling system
to ease the metal back into its original shape. For new, high-strength
steels, the shop must also have a metal inert, gas weder (MIG) an
someone trained to use it.
Look for high tech painting systems
Vehicles built after 1979 will likely be painted with a Hi-Tech two-stage
or three-stage paint system or with a base coat, clear coat paint
system. Either one is expensive and requires skilled technicians and
excellent equipment to refinish collision damage and achieve factory
texture, gloss and durability. Lacquer paints are being phased out,
replaced by urethane and/or high-solids enamels which require a dust-free
paint spray booth for proper (pre-collision condition) application.