Choosing a Repair Shop
Experience Is Key
You should look for a shop that takes pride in their appearance by keeping a clean, up-to-date and organized facility. Ask for recommendations from family and friends. Make sure the shop has modern technology with frame racks, electronic measuring systems and downdraft paint booths to cure the paint. Also make sure the shop has proper welding equipment (Mig welders and resistance spot welders). You can also ask for a tour of the shop to verify these things.
Choose a center that is certified by either the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) or the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Certification from one of these two organizations improves reliability and minimizes the possibility for shoddy workmanship.
Never choose a collision repair shop based on prices. Even if you have to pay a deductible, quality is more important in the long run, especially if the repairs needed are extensive or delicate.