Frequently Asked Questions
FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW
I have been involved in accident… what to do?
- At the scene of the mishap trade as much information as possible: Drivers name, address & phone number.
- Year make and model of the other vehicle or vehicles.
- ALL insurance company info including Insurance Policy Numbers.
- Personal information from any witnesses.
- If the police are called, ask for a copy of the accident report or incident report number.
Answers to Common Frequently Asked Questions:
The deductible is due at the end of the repair when you come to pick up your vehicle. If you request a parts pre order, and the claim has not been approved, you may be required to sign an authorization of repairs and/or leave a deposit.
The law clearly states that you can bring your vehicle to the shop of your choice!
Insurance companies can RECOMMEND if you ask but they MUST recommend multiple facilities.
An insurance company telling you that you should or worse yet MUST bring it to one of their shops is in fact illegal! STEERING is outlawed in most other states as well as Arizona.
If you do not know where you want to bring your vehicle, visiting a couple shops to find people that you feel comfortable with and confident in is a great idea but collecting estimates is a waste of time.
Some shops write a low estimate to capture the job knowing that they will be supplementing your insurance company during the repair process.
And by the way, do you want the shop that can do the repairs the CHEAPEST fixing your car? I don’t!!
In most cases this is a waste of your time.
This depends on the insurance coverage confirmation at the beginning. We must have coverage and/or liability confirmation before the insurance company will authorize us to start repairs or order parts. We must also have your written authorization before starting repairs. Due to the variety of collisions and the different repair processes involved, and parts availability each repair time will be different. After the estimate is written we can calculate an estimated target time for your planning convenience.
Aftermarket (A/M) parts are not made by the original manufacturer; typically they are made overseas and shipped to the U.S. as alternative replacement parts for various vehicles. In many instances the fit is not as accurate as the “original equipment manufacturer” (OEM); causing lines between the panels to have variances from front to back or side to side. The finish on the A/M parts is not as corrosive protected as the OEM part. Structurally, most A/M parts are inferior to OEM.
LKQ is an acronym for “like kind quality” or used parts. Like Kind Quality is a term used for a used replacement part for your vehicle. Used parts are quite commonly employed in the repair of vehicles to keep the cost of repairs to a minimum.
This is an operation we perform after we have painted and baked your vehicle’s paint in our spray booth and the paint has dried. This allows us to remove any small particles of dust from the paint and smooth the texture of the paint to match the existing orange peel as explained above.
You should not wax the painted portion of the vehicle for at least a month. Hand waxing is the safest method of waxing a vehicle’s paint, although a machine polish does last longer, but should only be performed by a professional.
Many brushless car washes are fine to use as long as there is minimal contact with the paint’s surface with any material. Even a chamois can collect dirt and dust causing small visible scratches to your vehicle.
Try using cloth diapers on your vehicle, being careful to wash them after each use.
There is nothing like an old fashioned hand car wash in the driveway at home using the correct products.