Car Crash Repair
Whether it is a fender bender or a major car accident, the steps to getting your car back to it’s pre-accident state are all the same. Below is an outline of the auto accident repair process. For more information click on the links.
Our estimates are always free and you are welcome to come by our shop anytime. We know that many clients like the convenience of sending pictures of their car’s right after an accident and request an estimate. But in reality an estimate by this means is not really reliable. Why? Because the estimate will either be too high or too low. A car needs to be seen by a professional in person to assess the damage and give an accurate estimate. This insures that the estimate is not too expensive or so low that after the job is completed you will get an unpleasant repair bill.
If you are not able to come by our shop during normal working hours, you can give us a call or send us an email, and make an appointment when you can come in and in most cases we are able to accommodate our clients.
Investigate and Assess The Damage
In order for us to properly assess the damage to your car, we need to know your auto accident’s big picture. We need to know the following:
- How was your car hit?
- From what direction?
- How great was the force of the impact?
- Was it hit straight on, or from an angle?
Once we have assessed the damage of your car, we are able to begin work. The damaged area will get, what we call, the Triple-R treatment, removed, repaired, and/or replaced.
- Remove damage(s) and/or
- Repair damage(s) and/or
- Replace damage(s)
Once we know what we will do with the damaged components, those that are not replaced will get repaired. This process is called the body work or metal work stage. This is the step where we repair your car’s metal, reshape it and do whatever it needs so it will look like new.
Metal work include:
After the body is completely straight and structurally sound, then comes the sanding and masking step. This is a tedious step, but a very important one for your car. Doing all the following steps on your car ensures that the body of your car is straight and smooth.
Primer and Primer Sealer
Primers are designed to fill very small surface irregularities and also help protect any exposed bare metal from oxidizing when it is in contact with oxygen in the air. The function of a primer undercoat is to provide maximum adhesion to the bare metal and provides a uniform base to paint over.
After your car is primed and (primer) sealed, we will apply the color to your car so that is looks seamlessly the same all throughout. Your family and friends will not know where we painted your car. Your car will look like nothing ever happened.
After the color is applied, it’s time for the topcoat, or clear coat. This is the last of the paint application steps. After this the car is pretty much done, but we don’t stop here.
This is the last step – the polish. This is what we do in order for a seamless look. We are proud of our work and take that extra step so your car will look like new.