Common Collision Repair Myths
Some Collision Repair Myths Die Hard
Most people don’t get into car accidents all that often. It’s not as though we are actively out there trying to smash up our vehicles! But on the chance that they do happen, there are some myths that have persisted over the years. These were passed down by word of mouth through the years, perhaps twisting what was once a truth into something completely wrong.
However they were started, they die hard. Here are the most common collision repair myths that we hear, and what the truth actually is.
You Must Use your Insurance Company’s Recommended Shop
This tops the list because it’s the most pervasive. After any claim, your insurance company will recommend an auto body shop. There are relationships there, maybe even partnerships. The law is very clear that you get to choose who does the work on your vehicle.
If your insurance company tries to tell you that you must use the shop that they choose, have them give it to you in writing. It’s 100% false. Instead, bring your vehicle to the collision repair shop with more factory certifications than anyone else in the area.
You Won’t Owe More than Your Deductible
Typically, you won’t owe more than your deductible. However, there are times when you might. There are two instances where this can occur.
First: you have been involved in more than one collision. Insurance deductibles are on a per occurrence basis, not a per visit to the auto body shop basis. So if you back into a telephone pole in the morning, and you rear-end another motorist in the afternoon, you will have to pay your deductible twice.
Second: you have upgrades done to your vehicle. Let’s suppose you rear-end a motorist, and you want the auto body shop to put a carbon fiber hood on your car instead of the standard steel. Suppose the carbon fiber hood costs $100 more than the stock part. You will be responsible for any betterment fees associated.
You Must Use the Dealership Where You Purchased the Vehicle
Dealerships are in the business of selling cars. They have repair shops attached because they know that people will bring the vehicle back, and because they know they can continue to make money long after the sale is done. You are never obligated to use their repair shop; other shops can do the same repairs.
Often, however, dealerships will give incentives to come back to them. For instance, free oil changes for as long as you own the vehicle. Whether you choose to use their services for collision repair is entirely your choice.
You Can’t Get OEM Parts
There are three different types of auto parts: after-market, OEM (original equipment manufacturer), and Original. After-market parts are made by a third party and designed to fit your vehicle. OEM parts are made by the manufacturer specifically for that vehicle. Original parts are refurbished or recycled off of the vehicle that you drive. All three are available, and you should always insist on OEM (in the event of an older vehicle these may not be available.
The myth is that many believe only the dealer has access to OEM parts. That’s untrue, and here at Big Sky Collision Center we use OEM parts any time they are available.
A Damaged Frame Means Totaled
Frame damage doesn’t always happen when the vehicle was in a significant wreck. In fact, sometimes the frame can be damaged even if the wreck was relatively minor. This myth abounds because of one reason: frame damage can be expensive to repair. If the repairs cost more than the vehicle is worth, then the vehicle is considered totaled.
Using sophisticated technology and machinery, we are able to repair damaged frames! Just because it’s damaged doesn’t mean your car is toast.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Vehicles in Billings, MT
Here at Big Sky, our goal is to ensure that your vehicle is repaired to factory safety standards. We have invested in the best equipment, the best people, and the best facility so that you get the best auto body repairs in Billings.
Don’t settle for less than the best, bring your vehicle to Big Sky Collision Center.