Auto Body Collision
After an accident, you have a lot of questions to consider, but among the list, these two might nag you the most: How much will collision repairs cost? Is my car even worth being repaired? While staring at the damage on the side of the road, the stress from your accident fresh in mind, sometimes the damage appears worse than it actually is. Until your collision center provides an estimate, you won’t know the extent of the damage for sure, but with the right knowledge at your disposal, you’ll be ready for whatever conclusion your auto body collision shop comes to.
When to Invest in Auto Body Repair vs. Getting a New Car?
To make this decision, you need to know both the cost of the damage and the worth of your car. If the collision damage is severe enough that repairs would outweigh the car’s worth, the easiest decision would be to total the car and start searching for a new vehicle. On the other hand, if repairs are only a small fraction of the car’s worth, you’ll want to speak with the technician to find out whether the repairs will add value to your car’s current worth; if the new worth exceeds the combined value of its current worth and the cost of repairs, getting your car repaired is a better deal.
Types of Collision Damage
Collision damage is categorized as either minor, moderate, or severe. Unfortunately, vehicle collision is a common occurrence, enough so that mechanics are familiar with all kinds of damage no matter the extent:
Minor car damage includes scratches and small dents. While damages such as these seem insignificant, don’t hesitate to get an estimate. Even the smallest dings might have hit something internally.
Moderate damage typically includes large dents in your doors, fender, or hood. Sometimes, your airbag might have deployed. Damages like these are even more likely to include some damage under the hood.
As the word implies, severe damage means there is significant damage to your car. Your airbag definitely deployed (and if it didn’t, that’s an issue in itself), and the damage under the hood is likely extensive.
How Much Does Collision Repair Cost?
Like most things in life, this depends on the circumstance. If the damage is minor, repairs will cost less, while severe damage will hike up the bill. On average, dent repair can range from $60 to $130. More significant body damage needing a full replacement, like a dented bumper, is estimated to cost a few hundred; expect about $300 to $400. If your frame is damaged, rear bumpers can cost as high as $10,000 to replace. Windshields vary as well: A crack can be repaired for about $100, while replacing the entire windshield costs $400, potentially $1,000 or more for high-end cars. And these estimates don’t include internal damage; your mechanic might also find issues with the wiring, transmission, or engine, which only adds to the bill. To cut costs, you can ask for used parts, but that method can lower your bill only so far. Knowing that your bank account will already be in for a hit, you’ll want to get a free estimate first.
How Long Does Collision Repair Take?
Again, this depends on the situation. Minor repairs might take a day or two, but the national average claims collision repairs take up to twelve days. However, this period might extend if your auto body repair shop needs to order parts. While the labor itself might take twelve days, waiting for parts to ship and be delivered slows the repair time. The more damage to your car, the more parts necessary, which leads to even more waiting. Don’t be surprised if you’re waiting three weeks, or even a month, to get your car back. If this is the case, your collision center might have loaner vehicles on hand to get you through your extended waiting period.
There’s no exact formula to determine the outcome of your collision repairs. Even if repairs are cheap, you may decide to get a new car anyway, because “it’s time.” Or perhaps you’ve grown attached to your vehicle, and you sacrifice the extra couple hundred in order to get “your baby” back. The damage determines why your car is in the shop; you have a voice in determining how long it remains there.
Your Premier Collision Repair Shop
Mike, the owner of New Look Collision Center, has seen a lot of advancement in vehicle manufacturing over the years. That means, when it comes to managing training and new equipment needs for his auto body collision repair center, being “Class A rated” requires Mike to always stay current.
“We just came back from Washington D.C. where we do all of our Audi collision repair training. As an example, an Audi R8 which costs over $200,000 is all aluminum and high strength steel.
Most shops can’t even work on this car because they don’t have the tools, but we do. This vehicle can’t just go into a mom and pop collision repair shop and get it fixed.”
We Are Equipped For All Foreign and Domestic Vehicles
Don’t just think the equipment at New Look Collision Center is only meant for dream machines though. Much of the equipment required to work on Audi’s, Ferrari’s, or Lamborghini’s, is also used on your Ford and Chevy. In a similar manner of getting a printout for a wheel alignment, we can do a printout from our frame machines. “It’s all precision electronic measuring so we can do extremely accurate printouts so we know your car is within factory specs. You couldn’t do that back in the old days. You’d have to take someone’s word that the frame was now fixed!”
Whereas, a “Class A” certified shop like New Look Collision Center is required to provide proof of ongoing annual training needed to keep up with the rapidly changing metals and repair technologies of newly made vehicles. The law requires that our “Class A” collision repair center possess all of the proper equipment necessary to restore a wrecked vehicle’s structural integrity back to factory safety standards in order to receive this coveted designation.
We have certified welders on staff with an inverter welder. (Duplicates factory type spot welds.) Not all shops have these type of capabilities We have paint booths for factory type paintwork with baking capabilities, a computer assisted frame rack and wheel alignment rack on premises, as well as written Limited Lifetime Warranties.
“I think that’s why I like this trade. The customer comes in, the car is all banged up, they’re frustrated, and then they pick their car up and they’re so happy. They have a smile on their face and they drive away happy. I think it’s that satisfaction that drives us to do a good job and make that customer smile. It’s a good feeling and sense of accomplishment as you take something that’s totally destroyed and you’ve made it pretty much new again.”
We offer auto body repair for all foreign and domestic vehicles, including the following brands:
New Look Collision is now Gerber Collision & Glass
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Our Brand New Scottsdale Location
New Look Collision Center
15450 N. 84th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260