At one point or another, we all need car repair at some point in our lives. You might be wondering, “how much will the repair cost?” or “how long will the repair take?” These are all reasonable questions to have, especially when every auto body shop promises to “fix” all the problems with your car. 

Regardless of what your question might be, you’d expect that a body shop would give you the best repair for your car. It seems like more body shop would be performing higher quality repairs, especially with how advanced cars have gotten in recent years, right?

Unfortunately, people across the country are victims of bad collision repair every day. It’s typically not until you’ve left the shop where you notice that your car isn’t running the way you would expect after a repair. There’s something different about your car, and it isn’t because it was just in an accident. The best body shops will repair your vehicle precisely as the manufacturer would instruct by following the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) repair procedures, and you would never know it was in an accident.

Perhaps you haven’t had your car repaired yet, and you want to know what are the signs of lousy collision repair that you can look out for. Whatever the case may be, we at Telesis Collision Center are here to help California drivers throughout the repair process. 

Although most states (including California) do not require technicians to be licensed to operate in a car, it is the shop’s responsibility to pay for the technician’s training in collision repair. The best body shops have highly trained technicians capable of performing any repair that comes into the shop the way the manufacturer would instruct. These shop owners know the importance of their technicians being trained and never take any short cuts in the repair process.  

What Are The Signs?

As mentioned above, poor collision repair may not always be something that you can see but can be affecting your car from the inside. We pulled together a list of things to check once you pick up your vehicle from the shop. They are a combination of things to test, listen, and look for.

Check them out below: 

Test to make sure:

  • The steering feels normal (not “gravelly” or “choppy” when you turn the wheel).
  • The car drives straight even when you take your hands off the wheel momentarily
  • The brakes work properly and stop in a straight line (no pulling to one side or another).
  • There’s no delay in the handling through turns, and it’s responding normally 
  • Electronic accessories work

Listen for:

  • Unusual noises such as whistling or roaring from the wind, whining, or grating


  • The paint looks different than other parts on the car and in different lighting settings 
  • Water leaks (which can lead to corrosion to the body structure and interior damage)
  • Gaps between body panels 
  • Bumper is misaligned 
  • The doors, hood, and lift gate open and close smoothly 
  • No warning lights illuminated on the dashboard 
  • Headlights, brake lights, and blinkers work properly 
  • Uneven gaps between body panels 
  • Distance between tire and fender is the same on both sides of the car 

Additionally to the above list, your car must be returned to you cleaned. Believe it or not, a dirty vehicle is another sign of poor repair service. This is because your car is bound to get dirty once it is in the service bay. A quality body shop will not only repair your vehicle correctly but will also return it to you looking brand new.

What to do if you suspect that you have received improper collision repair?

If you believe you’ve received improper collision repair, you are not alone. You can request what’s known as a “post-repair inspection (PRI).” This may be an out of pocket expense at first (typically just a couple hundred dollars). However, if you’ve received horrible repair and it’s proven so with documentation from a qualified auto body shop or appraiser, your Insurance company could get involved. They would then deal with the body shop that gave you the poor service, and the right steps will take place.

Because of how often people are unfortunate collision repair victims, more body shops are offering to provide this documentation as a service. It might take a while to get a resolution, but the results will be worth it.

Your Safety Is At Risk: 

Technicians put your safety at risk each time they perform an inadequate repair, along with anyone else who rides in your car. You can’t put a price tag on safety, which is why it’s critical you get your vehicle repaired somewhere that puts your safety as the top priority.

OEM repairs aren’t just manufacturers wanting to make sure your car gets a quality repair. They’re there to ensure your car protects you with the same level of safety it was originally designed for. Anything less than these repairs won’t be able to come close to the level of protection you need. If you get in an accident after receiving bad repair, you can get seriously injured or possibly get killed. 

Where In California Can I Get Proper Car Repair? 

We at Telesis Collision Center realize you have a lot of choices when finding the best body shop for your car in Palmdale. However, why take the risk of taking your car anywhere when you can take it somewhere that knows how to repair your vehicle the right way?

Your safety is our number one priority at our shop, and we want to help make the repair process as stress-free as possible. We have been successfully serving the Antelope Valley for over 20 years and are committed to giving you the best service possible. If you’d like to schedule a free estimate or get a free online quote, click any of the buttons below! Or, if you’d prefer to call us, feel free to give us a call at (661)-952-4732.

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