The cost for repairing a car damaged in an accident as well as the time it takes to complete repairs can vary widely among body shops, depending on the size, staff, and location of the business. Here are a few tips for choosing a Tesla Certified Collision Repair shop.
What are People Saying?
Do any of your friends or relatives have a recommendation for you from personal experience? Sometimes the shop that always satisfies their customers is not always the biggest or best-known shop in your area. At times it’s these multi generational family owned repair shops that offer the best work at a fair price. The owner of those types of repair shops may even be the guy working on your car. In addition, when the business comes from a referral, often you can expect a little extra personal touch with your vehicle.
Consider the Operation’s Location and Overhead
Location plays a huge role in the cost of repairs because of the differences in hourly labor for the employees in that area. The cost of living and average pay in Newport Beach, CA varies greatly from a small town such as Julian, CA.
Large body shops with a lot of front-office workers probably have to charge higher rates to pay their staff. While service delivered by front-desk folks, managers and foremen gives some people a feeling of confidence in the business, it can result in estimates that are padded with non-essential work. When they’re charging more labor hours at a higher rate, your bill can add up quickly.
By contrast, the higher-end shops might decide to charge for everything in “the gray area,” meaning those things that they might have to do to fix the problem.
Ask the Right Questions
When choosing a body shop, ask some key questions. Does the shop provide a written warranty? How long does that warranty last? What does it cover?
You might find some shops that will offer a 1 year warranty for body work and a three-year warranty for complete paint jobs. Some shops offer lifetime warranties as a selling point, but that may not be realistic.
Another key question is whether the business covered with insurance, adequately in the event of fire or theft. You want to be sure you’re covered if your car is destroyed, stolen or burglarized. Don’t forget to ask how long the shop has been in business. Make sure it has a business license.
You will also want to know about the materials the shop intends to use. Are new, used or aftermarket body parts going to be used? New parts are obviously the best and used parts are fine, though they don’t offer the savings people imagine. Depending on the damage to your vehicle, aftermarket parts can save a lot of money and can be just as good as the ones that come from the original manufacturer. If paint work is involved, ask how many coats of paint and clear coat the shop intends to use.
About Fix Auto Redlands
Tesla owners can depend on us for Tesla Approved Collision Repair. Fix Auto Redlands is proud to be part of the Tesla Approved Body Shop Network with our long-standing tradition of being a highly recognized Collision & Body repair shop throughout Southern California.
Tesla vehicles are a very high-tech, complex car and when it comes to collision repairs they require a very sophisticated, highly trained staff and facility. Tesla uses a very unique mix of parts and components ranging from high strength steel, aluminum, and composite materials to give you the beautiful design and a 5-star crash test rating. It’s important for your safety and the value of your vehicle that it is only repaired in a Tesla Approved Auto Body Shop.
The Fix Auto Redlands Difference
Our Tesla Approved collision repair technicians all have I-CAR Gold Certified status and designation as well as being certified in Aluminum repairs and welding. Our repair shop uses genuine Tesla parts for all repairs to guarantee the best fit, appearance, and structural integrity. It also ensures that honors your factory warranty.
Tesla works closely with Fix Auto Redlands to make sure we maintain the highest standards and customer satisfaction with continual training modules for our Estimators and Technicians. Tesla is committed to have your experience in all things Tesla to be amazing!
If you are located in Southern California, avoid long waits and bring your Tesla to our Fix Auto Redlands facility and let us discuss getting you back in the driver’s seat and enjoying your car again. We provide free estimates and are able to take your Tesla in without an appointment or any wait times.
1976 Essex Ct, Redlands, CA 92373
Owner: Aaron Holmes
Phone: (909) 341-1986
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