Why Estimates Vary between Collision Repair Shops
And Why Should You Care?
If you have ever been involved in an accident, and you have taken your vehicle to multiple locations to see how much it would cost to fix the vehicle, you have seen that estimates can vary widely. Some shops are a lot cheaper, others are a lot more, and a few will fall middle of the road.
Why do estimates vary between collision repair shops? And while we are at it, why not just take your vehicle to the one that is going to charge the least? There are quite a few reasons why the variance, and one big reason why you should care. Learn why we consider ourselves the best collision repair shop in Billings.
Differing Grades of Materials
A big influence on the cost of the repair is the cost of the materials that are needed to do the repair. From metal used to replace fenders, to screws used to hold everything in place, to the tools and computer systems used to diagnose the repairs, there are many different grades used. It’s the same idea that you won’t get as nice of dishes from the dollar store as you would from a high end boutique.
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we use the best of the best. When it comes to your safety, there’s no reason to cut corners. There’s no reason to buy a three cent screw when a 5 cent screw far superior. We have the latest software, and our tools are state-of-the-art.
Differing Standards of Replacement Parts
What most people don’t realize is that replacement parts aren’t all created equal either. Let’s suppose you need a new doohickey for your car. You actually have three options (in most cases): Original Equipment Manufacturer (http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/O/OEM.htmlOEM) parts (these are the highest quality), non-OEM parts (made by a third party that will “fit” your vehicle but no other guarantees), and recycled parts (pulled from a vehicle in the junk yard). When it comes to your safety, wouldn’t you want the highest quality?
We believe in restoring your vehicle the way it should be restored. That means only the best parts, that will last the longest, are put into your repairs. It’s the only way you can know for sure that you will be restored to factory safety standards.
Different Levels of Experience
There’s a saying that spans industries: you get what you pay for. If you want the cheapest, you often get the cheapest quality and the sloppiest service. Those who have been repairing vehicles for any amount of time know exactly what needs to be done; and they have the certifications to prove it. Those less experienced may not charge as much because they don’t quite know what they’re doing, as they learn they are able to charge more because they do better work.
Big Sky Collision Center has more certifications than any other shop in the area. We have been given the stamp of approval by the auto manufacturers to fix your vehicle the right way.
Different Quality of Repairs
Along with the experience comes the quality of repairs. If you are in a wreck, you can see the vehicle is dented. But if the auto body repair shop just took the dented metal off, then put new metal on, your vehicle would look good, but the damage beneath the surface would still be there. Rushing through the repair can end up making it so that you’re driving an unsafe vehicle that at least looks nice.
Our goal is to make sure that you are driving a vehicle that is just as safe as the day it rolled off the lot. That means we put a lot of time into learning our craft, and ensuring only the highest quality repairs are done.
Bring Your Dented Vehicles to Big Sky Collision Center
After you have been in an accident, your insurance company might suggest an auto body shop. They often have partnerships, or at least have a trusted relationship with them. But it is your vehicle, and legally you can take it anywhere you want to have it repaired. It won’t cost you anything extra to take it to the best; so why not bring it to Big Sky Collision Center where you know you are getting quality, experience repairs, using only the highest quality parts, by the shop with more certifications than anyone else in the area?