Whether you have just had your Subaru repaired or are currently looking for the right auto body repair shop, there are new requirements for technicians to follow when repairing any Subaru model. Just last month (November), Subaru wholesale parts specialist Nicole Reidel confirmed, “ALL repairs must undergo the Post Repair Safety Inspection, regardless of severity.”
This might seem a bit excessive, especially if a vehicle only had it’s side-view mirror clipped off or was in a minor fender bender during rush hour. However, there are reasons why Subaru recently came up with new demands when any of their cars are being repaired. Most body shops will repair a car the way they have for years, sometimes even decades, ignoring whatever the manufacturer says, claiming their “experience” trumps any of these repair requirements. But if an experienced technician chooses to ignore what Subaru says, it could mean your car wouldn’t be able to provide you with the level of safety it was designed to do.
Post repair requirements for Subaru:
There’s a reason why car manufacturers have different needs when it comes to repairing any of their vehicles. In the case of Subaru, they created what is known as the “Post Repair Safety Inspection” for repairers. This is a post-collision repair inspection to ensure everything is working the way it needs to, and nothing is missed. The steering column will also be part of the inspection, regardless of the airbag being deployed or the size of the accident. The steering column is a complex and integral part of your car, which is why it has its own required inspection. You wouldn’t want to drive a car where the steering is compromised, and Subaru knows this.
“It is also important to note that part of checking the steering system also involved checking the deflection of front and rear, upward and downward directions, and mounting condition to vehicle body of the column assembly – steering.”
The problem is insurance companies may push back on paying for a steering column inspection. To them, they would look at your car and say there’s nothing wrong with the steering. However, we all know looks can be deceiving and just because it’s not necessarily an issue you can “see,” it’s essential to the overall safety of your car. The steering column is full of different electrical components that work together along with the rest of your car to keep you safe the way the car was designed to. There’s no shortcut way to repair it, which is why Subaru requires an inspection of the steering column to inspect any damage that may not be noticeable just by looking at the car like an insurance agent would.
If your insurance company doesn’t want to pay for this repair, it might require calling them and letting them know what Subaru says about this repair. If they still refuse to pay, you might have to pay out of pocket for this repair, which would be the next best thing to do, along with taking your car to a Subaru OEM certified repair shop.
Additional reasons why a Post Repair Safety Inspection is necessary:
Perhaps you got rear-ended from behind, there might be additional damage to the car that may not be visible. It could be as simple as a camera sensor knocked out alignment, which is a significant problem in modern vehicles.
The advanced safety technology built into cars, commonly known as ADAS, is a combination of camera, radar, and ultrasonic sensors. Even if your vehicle was slightly tapped in the parking lot, it would still require the post-repair inspection (including calibration), per Subaru’s demands. A camera that’s off by one degree can mean complete failure in the ADAS systems.
This is just one of the most important reasons why Subaru stressed whatever needs to be repaired or the severity of the damage, “ALL repairs must undergo the Post Repair Safety Inspection.”
Where you take your car to be repaired matters:
In California, autobody repair technicians can perform a repair on your vehicle and aren’t legally required to follow these repair procedures. This means they can ignore the Post Repair Safety Inspection and give you a car that may appear fixed but is nowhere near the safe repair you need. As you read above, a sensor that’s off by one degree can mean total failure in your safety systems. Since this can’t be seen without scanning, calibration, or any post-repair inspections, it can be neglected entirely by a body shop that doesn’t follow what Subaru (or any manufacturer for that matter) says.
Why trust us with your Subaru repair needs:
At Telesis Collision Center, we have committed ourselves to become experts in all things regarding Subaru repair. As a result, we are officially a Subaru OEM certified repair shop. This means we make repairs precisely as the manufacturer would want them, including the Post Repair Safety Inspection. Not all body shops make this financial investment to become OEM certified, but we did because that’s what you deserve from your Palmdale auto body shop.
We have been serving the Antelope Valley for nearly 30 years and feel we can provide you with the best possible service for any of your Subaru repair needs.
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