If you have been involved in a car accident, you will want to make sure the damaged is properly addressed by a qualified collision repair facility. When you take your car to the auto body shop, they incorporate their skills and experience, along with advanced automotive technology, to take care of your vehicle’s issues.
A collision repair technician, which works at an auto body shop, is responsible for the repair and restoration of vehicle damage following an auto accident. Their goal is to make sure your vehicle looks the same way it did before the accident, and it operates as good as it did prior to the crash. The collision repair technicians will make sure that your vehicle is safe for operation, and that you can get where you need to go safely and securely.
When your car is taken into a repair shop, the technicians will carefully inspect and repair different parts of your vehicle. They will make sure any damages are properly addressed. They will inspect the fenders, bumpers, door panels, turn signals, taillights, headlights, and so forth. The technician will perform all the necessary work, including smoothing out dents, pounding out dents and dings, and filling in any damaged areas as necessary and applicable.
An Overview of Collision Repairs
If your car has been in an accident, you will want to know what goes on behind the scenes in the auto repair process. Here are the steps of addressing your automotive repair needs:
First, you will get an estimate. The technician will conduct a thorough assessment of your vehicle to determine the damages. All the critical safety systems of your car will be checked, so any issues can be addressed. The technician will explain the process and advise you on all the needed repairs and answer any questions that you may have about your vehicle and its damage. The repair shop will guide you through the insurance company claims process, if that applies to your situation. They will get your approval for any and all repairs your vehicle needs.
Next, they will prepare to take care of the repairs. They will clean and wash your vehicle, complete any required disassembly of the damaged areas, remove any emblems as they apply to your situation, and then clean the repair area. Preparation and refinishing involve several steps in most cases. Of course, the process can vary depending on the severity of and the extent of the damages. The basic steps of collision repair include:
- Removing original paint layers
- Straightening the frame and welding any needed new metal panels into place
- Removing dents, sanding and filling the spaces with approved material for auto body repair
- Taking steps to protect your vehicle’s body from corrosion
- Typical paint preparations for the application of clearcoat and color coat include applying a primer surfacer for paint adhesion
- After the surfacer has hardens, it gets sanded and cleaned for a smooth finish
- Paint is mixed using either manual or digital color tools that match your vehicle’s exact colors
- The color coat is applied to your vehicle
- Finally, a clearcoat gets applied to help ensure that the gloss and texture of the vehicle areas that have been repaired are identical to your vehicle’s original finish
- Final trim pieces are installed after the finish has been completed
- The car is then thoroughly detailed, with the exterior washed, the interior vacuumed, and the vehicle undergoes final inspection
- You will be called and told that your vehicle is ready for delivery
If your car has been in an accident and needs body work, call Central Auto Body. We will provide you with a detailed estimate and will thoroughly inspect your vehicle to determine the extent of the damages.