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Aftermarket Parts - Automotive replacement parts that were not made by the original equipment manufacturer. Also known as Quality Replacement Parts, Generic Parts, C.A.P.A. Certified Parts.

Basecoat ( BC ) / Clear - A paint system in which the color effect is given by a highly pigmented basecoat. Gloss and durability are given by a subsequent clear coat.

Betterment - Term used to describe an item replaced due to an accident that has some wear. The practice is often applied to tires and batteries that are several years old. If a battery has used up 3/4 of its life, the Insurance company will pro-rate the item's cost and in this case will pay 1/4 of the cost to replace the battery and will ask the insured or claimant to pay the remaining 3/4. The premise being that the Insurance Company is only obligated to return the vehicle to its pre-accident condition.

Blending - Blending is the painting of undamaged panel to obtain a perfect color match. This procedure is to gradually fade the new paint into the old paint to obtain a seamless color transition. Example is to "blend" the front door after the back door was repaired. This procedure is performed on nearly every repair to assure color match and consistency.

Clear or Clear coat - The clear coat imparts gloss and protection to a basecoat clear coat system. It is essentially a pigment-free paint.

Detailing - Final cleaning of both inside and outside of vehicle, application of pinstripes, removal of overspray from under hood, trunk lids etc., as well as, polishing.

DRP - Acronym for Direct Repair Program. These programs often involve a contractual agreement between an Autobody Repair Center and an insurance company. For the most part, the agreements set the rules of repair and standardized procedures such as warranties, billing practices and record keeping.

Frame Rack - A heavy metal platform used to restore a vehicle's structural geometry to factory specifications. This is done by securing a portion of the vehicle to the platform, then pulling appropriate areas of the vehicle into place using special clamps, chains and hydraulic winches.

Hazardous Waste - Any unusable by-product derived from the repair and/or painting process that cannot be disposed of through normal waste disposal streams. These products can be potentially harmful to the environment and require special handling, as well as, professional disposal. Federal, State and Local laws apply and may differ in their scope.

LKQ - Acronym for Like, Kind and Quality. Refers to a used part salvaged from another vehicle. It is inspected by the seller and re-inspected by the shop upon receipt and accepted if it is deemed appropriate.

Metallic - A term used for finishes incorporating fine metallic particles, usually aluminum, in the paint.

R&I - Acronym for Remove and Install. Refers to a part removed from the customer's damaged vehicle to be saved and reinstalled after the repair has been completed.

R&R - Acronym for Remove and Replace. Refers to a part removed from the customer's damaged vehicle that cannot be acceptably repaired. It is replaced with a new part.

Supplement - Additional repairs needed to complete the repair that was not identified on the original estimate.

Tint - The process of mixing toners to match the existing paint finish, to obtain a very close color match so that blending can be performed.

Unibody - The structural support found in most late-model vehicles-the skeleton of the car.

VIN - Acronym for Vehicle Identification Number. This is a unique number that identifies your vehicle. Although its primary purpose is to identify your vehicle, it often contains important information concerning the equipment and options that were installed on your vehicle at the factory. This information allows the Repair Center to order the correct parts for your vehicle. Any professional estimate or Repair Order will have this number on it.