In these uncertain times with the COVID-19 virus forcing quarantines and stay at home orders, there seems to be more support and rallying around local businesses. Supporting the small local guy and working through this pandemic together has brought some positive among all the negative. Not to mention, local businesses can offer you a more personalized experience and you can rest easy knowing where you are choosing to spend your hard earned income. Giving your patronage to a small family owned restaurant is going to go a long way, more so than if you were to go to a huge national chain restaurant.
This is no different when it comes to collision repair shops. Since auto body repair is considered an essential business, Autotech Collision is still open and operating. Despite many states being on stay at home orders, there are still essential workers driving to work each day, people still need to go grocery shopping, or might have other urgent/essential needs requiring them to drive. As long as people are still driving, there will still be accidents and cars will still need to be repaired.
Some customers that are working from home and not utilizing their vehicles as much suddenly find this an opportune time to finally schedule any collision repair or body work that was put off. Or you may be one of the unlucky ones that find yourself in an accident while conducting your essential tasks. Either way, you now have to choose where it is you want to get your car repaired.
How do you choose what body shop to use in Sewell?
Most modern cars are riddled with safety technology systems and smart features that make your life easier behind the wheel. They are often referred to as Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS). These also are what make collision repairs much more complicated than in previous car makes and models. You want to be sure you research if the body shop follows the recommended repair protocols outlined by your car’s manufacturer (also called OEM). Unfortunately, not all body shops will do this in an effort to save time which could put you at risk in the event of another accident. National body shop chains or high production shops are notorious for cutting corners to save them time which also saves them money.
Faster and cheaper repairs do not always mean better
Be leary of the high production shops that quote your repair hundreds of dollars less and a quicker turnaround than your local shop. While the price and having your car back sooner might sound appealing, this also means there are sloppy and unsafe repairs. Despite your car looking shiny and new, there are serious flaws hiding beneath the surface that could jeopardize your safety. In fact, oftentimes these body shop chains end up buying back vehicles because of poorly performed repairs which result in the vehicle being a total economic loss.
Unfortunately, here at Autotech Collision we have gotten cars in the shop that have had previously done and extremely unsafe repairs at one of these national chain body shops. Sometimes we do have to declare the vehicle a total loss or end up having a much more expensive repair bill in order to rectify the unsatisfactory repairs in addition to fixing the new damages. At the end of the day, your safety is our number one priority and we will not let you back on the road driving an unsafe vehicle.
Know the right questions to ask
Don’t be afraid to ask a body shop questions, anything from needing help with your insurance claim to what the repair process is. A good collision repair center will be willing and happy to assist you and walk you through the process. Here at Autotech Collision we believe you deserve the best, most safe repair as well as have the support throughout the entire process. Our reviews (link here) speak for themselves but more than that we value your safety above all else. We proudly serve the Sewell community and want you to know we are here for you during these extremely difficult times. We may not be related, but you’ll feel like we’re family.
If you are in need of collision repair services and would like to get an online quote or schedule an appointment, click the buttons below or feel free to give us a call at (856) 232-1833. We are happy to discuss what measures we are taking to keep both our staff and customers safe.