How Do I Know if My Vehicle is Salvageable?
You never saw that SUV coming. Maybe he ran a red light. Maybe he missed a stop sign. Perhaps he was texting his wife about dinner and didn’t look up in time. It could be he was in a hurry and was driving too fast. It’s possible you turned for one second and didn’t see him, or the roads were slippery because of the ice.
A million things can happen on the road. However it happened, a car accident is never a pleasant experience. The aftermath is often worse. After the crash, there might be medical bills, injuries, insurance claims, and having to work and manage without your vehicle. All of this creates a lot of uncertainty. One of the main questions in these situations is: Well, how do I know if I can save my car? Allow us to help you!
When you get into an accident, the insurance companies will assess the damage and— depending on your policy—will determine the amount required for collision repair. In some extreme situations, the insurance company may decide that the car is a total loss and will not want to move forward with repairs. This happens when the cost of collision repair exceeds the cash value of the car itself. In these cases, the insurance companies will not pay for repairs but instead pay you out for the value of the car.
There are a couple of things that may change the outcome and how the insurance companies respond. For example:
- What state did the accident occur in? (This is relevant due to the fact that different states have different regulations about negligence and who was at fault.)
- Who was at fault in the accident?
- What was the severity of the accident? How much damage was caused?
- How much property damage coverage does the other insurer have?
- The kind and extent of your auto insurance policy.
If your car suffered minor exterior and paint damage or suffered damage that can be fixed for less money than what the vehicle is worth, you’ll want to find a trustworthy collision repair shop to get you squared away!
Today’s processes make fixing dents faster and more efficient. Lone Star Collision Center employs only I-CAR certified technicians who are trained on the newest tools, techniques, and technologies.
The Process of Repairing Your Vehicle
If you come into our collision repair center with a car that has dent damage or needs framework, we will assess the damage and formulate an estimate for the repair costs. Depending on your policy, Lone Star will also offer you deductible assistance. A lot of different factors play into how we go about repairing your vehicle.
Here are some of the initial considerations:
How bad is the dent? Our I-CAR certified auto tech will carefully examine the damaged area and determine how badly the dent is kinked. Photos of the damage might be taken and everything documented for the insurance claim. These estimates are based on visible damage and may not always reflect the total.
How long it may take. Based on the above, the technician will know how long it will take to fix and how labor intensive the process might be.
Do parts need to be replaced? Part of the inspection determines whether a door or hood might need to be replaced or whether it can be repaired. If replacement is necessary, we report to the insurance companies and wait for approval.
Is it a candidate for Paintless Dent Removal (PDR)? PDR is a process that requires specialized knowledge and tools but is very effective in removing certain kinds of minor dents, dings, and bends.
Automotive repair has changed in the last couple of decades. Recent design and government safety standards and regulations have changed the body shop industry. Today’s cars are made with thinner metal than older models.
Body Shop Services
For severe damage, a body shop might be your only choice in order to bring your car back to driving condition. This can be an involved process that requires disassembly, part replacement, etc.
The process is generally as follows:
1. After estimates and approval, disassembly of the car (if necessary) is done.
2. The car is often analyzed by an electronic measuring system to ensure the repair meets factory standards and specifications. This is key to the cars structural integrity. Any suspension or wheel repair will also be done as the parts are straightened and prepared for paint. Traditional dent repair will require the use of fillers and then a process of matching it to the original exterior.
3. The car needs to be properly prepped before its painted. The parts are sanded and primer is applied. Then, there is a base coat, clear coat, and finish. After the materials cure, the painted surfaces will be polished to a glossy finish.
About the Paintless Dent Removal Process
For a small crash, minor dents, hail damage, or other relatively minor body damage, Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) might be a good choice. This technique gets rid of the damage without compromising the factory’s original paint. The process is also a lot faster and preserves the resale value of your vehicle. PDR is a highly specialized skill that requires particular tools that allow for precision work. Here’s what it entails:
In order for PDR to be an option, the dent in the car must not show any breaks in the paint. If the original paint has already been broken, PDR might not be the right way to go.
PDR generally requires for a technician to gain access to the back side of a dent. This might necessitate the removal of a part of the vehicle.
Special tools are used to determine the precise position and angles of the dent from the back and then pressure is gently applied to bend it back into place.
We want to get your car back on the road as soon as possible, but we never compromise quality for expediency! Our techs work diligently every day to ensure no detail is left unturned and that your car is back to pristine condition. We love shiny cars! Lone Star Collision Center paints about 20 full vehicles a month, which keeps us busy year round. The time frame for a paint job will largely depend on the extent of the damage, the parts damaged, and the process necessary to fix it.
Working With Insurance Companies and Our Guarantee
Lone Star Collision Repair Center works with all insurance companies and helps customers with high deductibles. Depending on who was at fault of the accident, you may be filing a claim with the other driver’s insurance or with your own collision policy. If the deductible is $500, we will help you out with $250.
We also offer lifetime workmanship on all of our work. If there is a problem with our work, you can bring it back and we will address it.
Contact Lone Star Collision Center Today
We’re ready to make your car shine again! Give us a call us at 915-303-7750 or bring your car by our shop located at 700 Horizon Blvd in Socorro, Texas.