The importance of choosing a certified collision repair body shop

The importance of choosing a certified collision repair body shop

When you are involved in a car accident, the most important outcome is your health and that of any passengers. If everyone is safe and sound, it’s time to address the condition of your car. Assuming there is damage, your next step is to find a reputable repair shop. You might receive advice from your insurance company or helpful family members to only use a certified auto collision repair shop.

Does certified really matter? In a word, yes. A certified collision repair shop makes all the difference in the end result—a safe and reliably functioning vehicle. Certified shops ensure that happens by staffing fully trained technicians using the latest equipment to repair a car to manufacturer specs.

‘Certified’ defined

A certified collision repair is one completed by a technician specifically trained by the vehicle’s manufacturer. Technicians are trained at various time intervals for different vehicle makes so it is important to know if techs are up to date on the latest repair standards. A tech certified on a 1970 Buick doesn’t instill much confidence when you drop off your brand new car for work. Quality is king and it starts with sufficient training.

Body shops that spend a great deal of time and money to have the right tools for the job typically work closely with manufacturers to consistently meet their quality metrics and when it comes to repairing your car, you want the best on the job.

Certification matters

Most of us rely on our vehicles every single day to transport us to work, school, doctor’s office, or a weekend getaway. A repair shop with certified techs and top-flight equipment is likelier to transfer that same mojo in making quality repairs to your car, and today’s technicians need to be in tune with a lot of evolving information from fender parts to streamlined technology. The little details make a big difference in long-term safety of your car when it rolls out of the shop.

Not all certifications are the same

Keep in mind that just as makes of vehicles are different, certification qualification varies as well. Some manufacturers such as GM require certified shops to complete vehicle scans during the repair process. Other certifications are specific to aluminum-body cars to keep pace with current design trends.

Take the time to locate a certified collision repair shop to get you and your car back on the road.

For more information on insurance-recommended auto body repair, contact Central Auto Body at (503) 894-9500 or