What to Look for After Auto Body Repairs
How You Should Inspect Your Vehicle
After your vehicle has been expertly repaired, it’s reasonable that you want to check it out. Once you get a call from Big Sky Collision Center telling you that it’s ready for pick up, you’re probably a bit anxious. After all, the last time you saw it there was significant damage. Was everything fixed? Was there anything that couldn’t get fixed? Will the paint match?
When you come in, your fears will be relieved. We will answer any, and all, of your questions. We will show you the thorough job that has been done, and we’ll go over anything that you need to keep in mind. But there are a few things that you can do for your own inspection. These can be done at any auto body shop, no matter where the vehicle is repaired.
How Clean is the Vehicle?
One of the ways we operate here at Big Sky Collision is to fully detail every vehicle that we repair. Before we hand the keys back to you, it’s completely cleaned. The reason is two-fold. First, the last thing you want to do after repairs is to hop into a fully repaired vehicle that is dirty. It just doesn’t feel very good. Second, a clean vehicle is easier to inspect. We do an expert job because we know how to do an expert job. By cleaning the dirt, dust, grime, and everything off the vehicle we know that we have done it right.
How Does the Paint Look?
The older a vehicle gets, the harder it will be to match the paint. New paint may end up being shinier than the old paint. That’s on top of getting the pigments to match completely right. With our highly trained painters, we know the job will be done right, but what if you are taking your vehicle elsewhere?
Inspect the areas that were damaged, and the areas near where the paint would have been blended together. Look it over in bright sunlight. Is it even? Is there dirt, hair, dust, or other “things” caught under the paint? Are there marks where something touched the vehicle before it was fully cured?
Mistakes happen, and sometimes they get out the door before they can be corrected. If the paint doesn’t look good, say something! Any reputable collision repair center will fix it.
Does Anything Look Out of Place?
Last week, when we talked about frame damage, we mention gaps and how doors open and close. All of those issues should be fixed when you have your vehicle repaired. Open and close each door, the trunk, and the hood. They should all open and close smoothly without any grinding, rubbing, squeaking, or sticking. Take a look at the gaps too, are they uniform and neat? If it doesn’t look right, there’s a chance it’s not right.
Other Inspection Items
Some items won’t be noticeable until you drive away. If you’ve owned your vehicle for more than a couple of months, you know how it runs. You know what noises to expect, how the steering handles, and more. Does it rattle? Does the steering feel fine? Does it make strange noises that were never there? If something seems different, ask why and make sure you’re satisfied with the answer before signing off on the work.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Vehicles
Here at Big Sky Collision, our goal is to invest so heavily into our employees, that they turn around and invest into your vehicle as though it’s the only one. They pay special attention to the details, ensure that they’re doing top-of-the-line work, and ultimate you get a vehicle that has been expertly repaired.
If you’ve been in an accident, get in touch by calling 406-259-6328.