When it comes to car repair, make sure you review the work to make sure it's done right. In this edition of Car Coach, YNN's Lauren Fix has some tips to make sure your collision damage is repaired properly.
Your vehicle is all repaired and ready to roll, but how do you know if the repair was done correctly? Here are some simple steps you should take to review what’s been repaired on your car and ensure everything is operating like it should.
•When picking up your vehicle, allow at least 30 minutes to complete the process.
•Ask to review the vehicle with the person who wrote the estimate or who delivers the repair to the customer.
•Be prepared to ask questions and don’t be afraid to take the full time necessary to review the repairs.
•Take a copy of the original estimate with you and compare against the final bill.
•Review the final bill and make sure someone explains it to you. The final bill should be detailed and someone should walk around the vehicle with you.
•Make sure you get a warranty for the repairs and understand where the warranty is valid and any limitations.
•If it is raining, ask to inspect the car inside or under cover – wipe off raindrops to see the paint.
•Ensure all of the new parts were installed where possible.
•Make sure the paint matches in direct sunlight. A high-quality paint will deliver a much better paint match and a seamless repair.
•Inspect the gaps around the doors, trunk lid and hood. Gaps should be uniform.
•Open the doors, trunk and hood to inspect for polish and rubbing compound.
•Check the mileage (remember that most vehicle need to be test driven so there will be some miles driven by the technician).
•Check the fuel level (which should have been noted at drop-off).
•If your vehicle needed an alignment, get a copy of the before and after printout (should be in factory specification tolerances).
•If your vehicle had any structural damage, get a copy of the before and after printout.
•Check to make sure radio works
•Turn on the heater and A/C blower fan (be careful because debris may come out of the vents).
•Inspect all dashboard warning lights to make sure none are lit.
•Check the vehicle’s external lights if replaced.
When your car needs work, make sure it has been repaired correctly before you leave the service center. You should double-check all of the repaired areas before you pay the final bill and accept the car. Once you’ve paid, you have less recourse. Your best solution is to go to a reliable collision repair center that provides a warranty for their work.