When you’re doing an online search for, “auto body shop in New Jersey,” an interesting thing will happen. The first few results will be coming from “best of” lists on websites such as Yelp and Carwise. Even if you weren’t looking for the “best auto body shop in New Jersey,” those are the online results you get: a list of lists.
As someone who is looking for an auto repair shop in Southern New Jersey, what exactly establishes an auto body shop to have that coveted “best of” ranking? How can you evaluate a repair based on these reviews? There may be some things that a person is writing negatively about in their review that they were unaware is part of the repair process. However, reviews are like an unofficial detective providing you valuable information about a business.
Repair First, Then Review
A properly repaired car is what matters most. You want to take your vehicle to be repaired at an auto body shop that knows how to fix your vehicle the right way. Car repair is not the same as it was even just 5 years ago. This is why it’s critical that you have your car returned back to you with the same level of engineer-designed safety it had when it left the showroom floor. An improper repair can cause more harm than good to the car and will significantly increase your chances of getting in an accident. We’ll get to that down below.
The Problem With Being The “Best”
The problem with these “best of” lists on various websites is it’s not determined based on what the technicians or even the shop itself is doing. The manufacturer of your car creates strict repair procedures for each vehicle, known as OEM repair procedures. However, there is no legal requirement for technicians to have a license to repair your car or follow these repair procedures. This means that nobody is regulating how an auto body shop is repairing your vehicle. There’s no such thing as safety officials coming to spot-check to ensure they know what they’re doing. That can be pretty scary, especially when you’re blindly putting your faith in a body shop based on them being “the best.”
The One And Only Way Cars Should Be Repaired
Your car’s manufacturer releases these OEM repair procedures for technicians to follow because that is the only way your vehicle should be repaired. Any other way and your vehicle will be seriously jeopardized not just for safety, but for the overall integrity of the car. As mentioned above, an improper car repair can put you at a higher risk for being involved in an accident. A large reason for this is because of the ADAS systems that are seen in just about every car nowadays.
In case you didn’t know, ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Some of the most popular features you’ll see in an ADAS system are:
-Lane departure assistance
-Forward collision warning
-Collision avoidance system
If your ADAS system gets damaged in a collision, it can only be repaired with following the OEM repair procedures. Anything less due to the negligence of a body shop having its technicians be up-to-date on the latest repair procedures is a serious problem. They can cause the ADAS systems to no longer work the way they were designed for. This is why it’s critical you do some research into why a body shop made a best-of list versus another body shop.
Why Choose Us
We know you have several choices when it comes to finding the best body shop for you in New Jersey. Here at Autotech Collision Center, we’ve been serving Southern New Jersey for nearly 30 years. We are customer-focused and know what it means to perform a safe repair. At Autotech, all of our technicians have received extensive training and are up-to-date on the latest OEM Repair procedures. We will work with you and your insurance company to ensure a stress-free repair.