When you take your car to be repaired, do you know what it means when a body shop says they are OEM Certified? Is it a deciding factor for you? If it’s been a while since you got your car repaired, you may not know what this means or why it’s crucial to present-day car repair. Even if you recently had your vehicle repaired, you still may not know what it is, and that’s absolutely normal. Most customers would assume that any repair shop would provide the best repair for your vehicle, keeping your safety as the number one priority.
The Ugly Truth
The truth is, car repair has never been more complicated than it is now. Advancements in car safety technologies (such as ADAS) becoming a standard in almost every new car have paved the way to the new frontier of collision repair. If a technician repaired a vehicle the same way from just a few years ago, it would cause actually cause structural damage to your vehicle that you can’t see and put you at high risk for getting injured if you were to get into another accident (which happens all the time). Unfortunately, a lot of technicians still do this, because they feel like experience trumps research. “I’m a real body man- 20 years on the job,” they say. They don’t care the manufacturers have specific procedures to repair their vehicles.
This type of repair is lazy and often results in technicians cutting corners in the repair process to save time and money. Insurance companies will often put on the pressure for technicians to perform faster repairs, but as a result, your car isn’t properly repaired. A lot of things can go wrong with your car when this type of repair happens. Keep reading to find out what happens.
OEM Repair Procedures
Your car’s manufacturer releases OEM repair procedures for technicians to follow when repairing your specific vehicle. In case you didn’t know, OEM is short for “Original Equipment Manufacturer.” These are the highest quality and safest repairs out there for your car because they come directly from the vehicle’s manufacturer.
When a shop becomes OEM Certified for a particular brand (like Subaru, Honda, Acura, etc.), this means the technicians at that shop know to follow the repair procedures specifically as the manufacturer instructs. The only parts used are ones designed specifically for your vehicle that is guaranteed to have a perfect fit. OEM repairs also keep the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) your car is equipped with to perform their designated functions properly.
If a shop isn’t OEM certified, technicians and the shop owners looking to squeeze out a bit more profit might opt for salvage or aftermarket parts because the insurance companies push them to do it by refusing to pay for OEM parts which are more expensive. When this happens, your car will never be the same. The car’s value decreases, parts won’t fit, and the ADAS might not perform its designated functions. Not to mention, your safety will be at risk.
You would think OEM collision repairs would be a requirement in all body shops. However, most states don’t even require a technician to have a license to work on your car. It’s up to the shop to invest in continuing education for its technicians and follow OEM repair procedures.
Becoming an OEM Certified Body Shop
Although there are a lot of shops who neglect to follow these OEM repair procedures, the best body shops know the importance of OEM certification. This is why it’s quickly becoming the new normal for collision repair. The shop owners will have paid for everything the shop needs to maintain the highest quality of repair possible for that brand, from the equipment to something as simple as a car battery.
Being an OEM Certified body shop also comes with responsibility, since these shops have committed themselves to follow the guidelines and never take any shortcuts in the repair process. These trained technicians are fueled with the passion to not give you anything then that for repairs on that brand of cars.
Where In Palmdale Can I Get My Car Properly Repaired?
We know that you have several choices when looking for an auto repair shop in Palmdale. Why not take it to a shop that will perform the repair precisely as the manufacturer instructs?
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