t have these relationships sometimes sacrifice profit over quality.
Then, auto insurance companies end up paying a lower repair bill in exchange for giving the shop more business. That may sound appealing at first, “Oh, a reasonable price to fix my car!” But in the end, it isn’t for the driver. You want to make sure that your vehicle is restored to the condition prior to the accident.
Lower Body Shop Bids Can Mean Lower Quality
When auto body shops get paid low for their services, they may not have a choice but to also lower the quality of their work and/or services. These mechanics fixing your car may cut corners and take risky shortcuts to ensure they profit as well. They may use refurbished car parts, not completely fix some noticeable faults or do necessary repairs. We’re not saying that the more you pay, the better the quality. That may be true in some cases, but that depends on which auto body shop you end up taking your car to. When the shop does not properly fix your car the first time, you may have to return to them again and again, which will get very tiresome. The risk of not getting it completely fixed the first time, may also result in your vehicle not being safe to drive in.
Automobile Insurances Want to Maximize Profits By Skimping on Repairs
Once again, insurance companies and auto body shops do this to maximize profitability, sacrificing proper vehicle repair practices and driver safety. When an insurance company tells an auto body shop to lower their repair costs, the insurance company won’t have to pay a large sum to get the car repaired. While the auto body shop won’t profit as much as usual, the insurance company offers them more business than they would get on their own. This way of making more business and money is harmful to each party. This relationship between the insurance company and the body shop can be self-serving and detrimental to the customer and the reputation of both companies will be tarnished.
What happens when your car repairs are NOT done right?
It’s not only the look, fit, feel and finish on your vehicle that you’ll lose. Loss of resale value due to sub par parts and low quality repairs will also occur. Many times you’ll be driving an unsafe vehicle and in doing so, putting you and your family's safety at risk. Only use OEM parts or original parts that the vehicle manufacturer specified that works. Other fake or cheaper parts are not up to certain safety specifications. This is evident when you compare these parts side-by-side, and if they are not as obvious, looking at the specifications can help. From looking at the type of material, and even down to the weight.
Always use OEM parts, and Certified Technicians
Anywhere you go to, make sure you request that all parts are OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts. And most of all, that the auto body shop has certified technicians. These auto mechanics can work on your vehicle and they follow certain practices. By following these guidelines, you can feel confident that the repairs you receive results in a safe vehicle that performs right.
Article by: Juan Rodrigez