The 8 Steps Followed By an Auto Body Repair Shops to Fix Your Wrecked Auto
Stage 1: Estimates
Collision repair usually starts out with a formal inspection of the vehicle. This is done by an estimator at the collision repair center. The notes and minutes of the basic inspection are then documented, photos of the vehicle are taken and secured, and the information is passed on to the insurance company who would require a report on how the funds are being consumed. Keep in mind that these estimates are solely based on visible damage and do not hold true in case there is an internal damage. Often, additional damage is uncovered after disassembly.
Stage 2: Teardown and Parts Order
This is the part of the process where the insurance provider can make a request for a teardown to ensure all damage is documented accurately and determine if the vehicle is either more economical to dump and renew or more economical to repair. Only after the customer and insurer provide authorization to repair the vehicle, only the owner of the car can authorize these steps.
Stage 3: Structure and Body Repair
The car is then analyzed by an electronic measuring system and feedback machine to restore it back to factory specifications while making sure the car is not misaligned. It’s important to complete all mechanical repairs in conjunction with structural repairs if possible. Once the car is structurally and mechanically sound or completes the bodywork can now be completed, allowing for the body of the vehicle to be straightened and prepared and primed for paint.
Stage 5: Refinishing
Parts are now sanded with sanding paper then primer is applied to the exterior coat, now the color or base coat is applied, followed by a clear coat to protect the finish. After the process of curing, the painted surfaces will be polished to a glossy finish.
Stage 6: Reassembly
All the repairs and paint jobs have been done now this means that the vehicle is now ready to be reassembled. Any leftover work or wirings are wrapped up and returned to their original configuration and location. Trim and moldings are reinstalled to give the car its old finalized look with a classy factory finish gloss. A test drive will be done at this point to ensure that the minor details and accessories of the car are functional. This is also a good check to ensure the electrical systems do not fail when the client takes back their car.
Stage 7: Detailing and Pre-Delivery
The body paint is polished, surfaces cleaned and buffed. Again the lights and safety components are re-checked and confirmed before the journey from a car wreck nightmare to the showroom dream car comes to a close allowing for the client to be in awe of the amazing work done by the team.
Stage 8: Final Inspection
At this point, the auto body shop should explain an itemized list of all repairs made and parts used to complete the work.
This is the entire process of how an auto body repair shop deals with your car after an accident.