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Misconceptions about collision repair

Misconceptions about collision repair

What happens when you need to get your car fixed after an accident? Since it’s not something most people think about until after the fact, there are a lot of misconceptions about how repairs are handled. At Pfaff Autoworks, we don’t just provide vehicle collision repairs on high-end car brands, but we also like to provide our customers and the public with interesting content about the industry as a whole. It is for this reason that we have decided to put together a blog that has a few of the most popular misconceptions about collision repair that our professional technicians encounter. Continue reading this blog to find out more! 

Collision damage is more than skin deep 

When your car hits an obstacle, that impact goes through the entire vehicle, bending or breaking body panels, frame components, wheels, and interior pieces. For example, it may seem odd that Pfaff Autoworks can do wheel alignments, but it’s a necessary part of collision repair because even a minor fender bender can affect the position of the suspension.

Shop estimates can vary due to the experience of the appraiser 

A skilled appraiser will be able to identify all the damage caused by a collision and provide an estimate that should be very close to the final repair cost. Get someone who doesn’t know what needs to be fixed, and the estimate may be lower but the appraisal won’t cover everything needed to completely fix the car. Even with an expert eye, some repairs won’t be evident until work has begun.

“Totalling” a car depends on more than the severity of the damage 

A car is considered a “total loss” by the insurance company if the cost of repairs exceeds the value of the vehicle. An almost new car has to be almost irreparable to meet this criteria, while an old luxury car can meet this threshold quickly due to a combination of high parts prices and low resale value.

Metal body parts don’t have a “memory”

You may have watched as-seen-on-TV devices and Internet videos that claim that with a special tool or some household items, a body panel can simply be popped back into place. In reality, when a body panel is bent, it stays that way, whether that bend was from a press at the factory or from an impact. To remove a dent from a panel, body technicians have to use a range of tools and techniques to gently bend and reshape the metal back to the shape it should be.

You can choose the collision repair facility for your vehicle 

Your insurance provider may suggest a shop to take your vehicle to, but they can’t make you go there. When you have work done, it’s in your best interest to find a shop that has the knowledge and tools to do the repair right.

If you want quality work when you have collision damage repaired, bring your vehicle into Pfaff Autoworks and if it is a brand that fits under our certification, we’ll fix it. We are Veri-facts Certified, which means that our facility has the experienced staff and state-of-the-art equipment and machinery to fix your car right the first time. We take pride in staying informed on the manufactures repair procedures so we can insure the repair is done correctly and safely.

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