Posted on: 30 March 2015
No matter how light or severe a car accident may be, you're likely to get some kind of paint damage. If you have paint scratches in a large area, you may not be able to buff them out, and will have to get the car repainted if you want to restore its look.
Many auto shops will offer to do the paint job for you, but you shouldn't just choose based on convenience or price:
Ask Your Auto Insurance
Whenever you get into an accident and report it to your insurance company, they'll have a list of repair shops they recommend.
This is typically because these shops are the easiest to work with and can help your claim go more smoothly, but you can also ask for recommendations based on past experience and ratings. If it turns out that you don't like any of the options they suggest, you can still choose a shop of your own, and your insurance will still work with you.
Depending on your insurance, you may be able to check their website and search for recommended shops in your area. Be sure to look specifically for places that do paint work, and not just any type of repair.
Ask For Past Work Examples
If you're spending the money to get your car repainted, you want it done right. When you visit a repair shop, ask to see examples of past paint work. Some may provide photos, but if they have a car currently in their lot you can see, that's a better choice.
When examining the car's paint job, look under the hood, inside the door by the hinges, in the trunk and along the door drains; this is where many painters don't bother reaching, or where buffing residue can end up if the painters don't do a good cleanup job. This can give you a good idea as to what kind of quality to expect overall, and to see if it's worth the money.
Ask About Warranties
Many repair shops offer you a warranty on the work they provide. This happens often when getting parts replaced, so if you also need to do that as part of your repairs, this is a good time to ask. Make sure the shop you're looking at offers, at the very least, one full year of warranty, and read all the fine print to make sure there aren't special qualifications and stipulations for the warranty they aren't telling you about. A warranty on a full repaint job typically lasts at least three years. Finally, make sure you get any agreements in writing, especially warranty information.
To learn more, contact a company like High Point Body & Paint with any questions or concerns you have.Share