Guide to Collision Repair Estimates

Following a car accident, the idea of finding the right collision repair shop can seem intimidating and overwhelming. Hopefully it’s a process that you don’t have much experience with (unless you work in the collision repair industry).

Remember that you have the right to select your collision repair shop and nobody, even your insurance company, can force you to use a specific shop. It can help to get a few estimates from different repair shops so you can find the right one for you. The following steps can help you with collision repair estimates.

Research and Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you’re speaking with representatives at the repair shops you’re considering. One sign of a great repair shop is one that is willing to explain what they do and what you’re paying them for. An estimate might take some time to create, but should include a breakdown of repairs, including the costs for parts and labor.Body Mechanics (1).png

Consider more than the Total Cost

Remember that parts, labor, and overhead costs can vary from shop to shop. Higher costs do not necessarily mean better repairs or better parts. If you’re looking at shops in the same area and you find one that is a lot higher or lower than the others, ask why. Sometimes, different shops use different kinds of repair parts, and the parts you choose to use can affect the cost just as much as the shop’s location or labor charges.

Shops should always use the OEM repair guidelines, be willing to answer your questions, and have a record of good reviews.

Trust the Experts

While the Internet is a useful tool and it can help you find advice to get a great collision repair estimate, it is not an estimating tool. Every make and model has a specific set of repair procedures created by the manufacturer, and only by following these procedures can an estimate or repair be done correctly. Access to these procedures isn’t free online, so you’ll need to take your car to a repair shop and have it examined by a professional. If possible, take it to more than one so you have something to compare your estimate to.

While your insurance company may have an estimator, they too need to look at your vehicle in order to correctly estimate the cost of repairs. It’s not a process that can be done remotely. Visit Body Mechanics Collision Repair today!

 

Body Mechanics Collision Repair
916-638-9849
2347 Gold River Rd, Suite G
Gold River, CA 95670

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The History Of Automotive Paint

You wouldn’t guess it right off, but one of the most interesting stories told as a result of the Industrial Revolution and of the last 100 years in general is the history of automotive paint. From accidents to war, there are many elements that play into how car paint has evolved through the years. paint.pngToday, we just think about it in terms of auto body repair but there’s so much more to it.

Here are some facts to keep you busy for a while:

  • Prior to 1924, vehicles were painted using the same carriage-builder method that had been used for decades. Particularly when it came to the old Studebakers, it took 52 days to paint a carriage by hand, thanks to the many steps involved as well as the slow drying times. Even still, the paint didn’t last long – maybe a few years if the owner was lucky.
  • In the 1920s, several paint manufacturers developed nitrocellulose lacquers, but DuPont led the pack in nitrate movie-film manufacturing at the time. Just like an accident led to the invention of chewing gum, an accident also led to the discovery of a new kind of paint. In 1921, a worker at the DuPont film plant left a drum of gun cotton outside on a hot day. When they finally opened it, they saw a clear liquid rather than cotton. This liquid became the base for nitrocellulose lacquer, which was the top automotive finish for the next five decades.
  • The 1924, the Oakland was the first car to be spray painted.
  • In the 1930s, both nitrocellulose lacquer and alkyd enamel were used in automobile production, ranging from black enameled fenders to colored lacquer bodies, used by the likes of Chrysler, Ford and Studebaker.
  • It was the Europeans who developed the more durable basecoat technology with acrylic urethane clear topcoats, far superior at the time to American paints.
  • In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Europeans began infiltrating the U.S. market, forcing change upon American manufacturers and collision repairers who then had to scramble to figure out how an acrylic urethane would work. From dieback to mottling, many challenges presented themselves.
  • American paint manufacturers eventually figured it out and caught up but it took many years as the underdog to get there.
  • Environmental regulations changed paint technology, as new words entered the industry’s vocabulary such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), transfer efficiency, catalyzed primers and federal air standards.
  • Shops had to meet strict air-quality standards in terms of emissions, but this pitted paint manufacturers against equipment manufacturers as they both looked at the other to comply with new regulations.
  • Paint gun manufacturers were also getting in on the game as well as collision repairers.
  • Improvements in clears, flakes, basecoats, reflectants, pearls, pigments, effects and even ground glass continue to add progress to the industry.

 

Body Mechanics Collision Repair
916-638-9849
2347 Gold River Rd, Suite G
Gold River, CA 95670

 

Five-Step Guide to Handling an Accident with an Uninsured Driver

Getting into an auto accident is the kind of event that turns a great day into one that is stressful. This stress is compounded if the other driver is driving without insurance. Fortunately, there are some simple and effective steps you can take to protect yourself if this happens to you.

 

1. Call law enforcement

Calling law enforcement to the scene of any car accident is an objective way to record the incident and ensure that a report is filed. If the other driver is uninsured, it’s imperative that you do so.4_2019 FB Candy (1)

2. Get the other driver’s information

After you’ve called the police, you can attempt to get the other driver’s contact information and the name of their insurance company if there are no injuries that need to be addressed. It’s at this stage that it might become obvious that he or she doesn’t have insurance after all.

3. Make a claim

At this point, you should have the other driver’s contact information as well as a police report. Having this documentation will make it easier for your insurance company to sort out whether you have uninsured motorist coverage and what you can do if you do not.

4. Take care of any injuries

If you or someone traveling in your vehicle was hurt as the result of the accident, make sure to document everything. Though you might have to pay some of the cost of treatment, it’s possible that you can recoup it later if your insurance covers the expenses.

5. Get your car repaired

Talk to your insurance company about the options you have for getting your car repaired at a Sacramento auto body repair shop. Depending on the type of insurance you have, the cost might be covered even if the other driver doesn’t have insurance.

 

Body Mechanics Collision Repair
916-638-9849
2347 Gold River Rd, Suite G
Gold River, CA 95670

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