It’s not always easy to know if your repair facility did a good job repairing your car. That’s why the expert collision repair mechanics at Liberty Collision in Sparks, Nevada have put together a quick list of what to look for when your car is returned after receiving repairs. 

Complete a vision inspection.

When picking up your vehicle from a repair facility, look for obvious issues on the areas that needed repairs. This includes everything from vehicle functionality to gaps in panels and blemished on refinish colors.

Test the functionality of damaged areas. This includes opening doors, checking for gaps in panels, turning on lights, checking locks, and listening for weird noses or rattling parts. Additionally, don’t forget to check the interior portion of damaged areas. This means checking interior parts that can be accessed when sitting in your car, listening for rattling or other concerning noises and looking for anything that seems out of place. 

Check that the paint job looks professional. This means that there is a glossy, clear finish on new parts and that the color matches surrounding areas that were not replaced. Make sure there are no paint imperfections and check that nearby parts of the car do not have imperfections or texture from overspray.

Lastly, your car should be returned to you just as clean or cleaner than when you sent it in for repairs. Many professional repair shops will clean your car to ensure that it looks it’s best when it is returned to you.

Ask for documentation.

Getting documentation from your repair facility is key. First and foremost, ask for an itemized final repair order that details everything done to the vehicle. This includes panels that were replaces as well as a refinish explanation and documentation of all other repairs made. Your repair facility should provide this, and be willing to review it with you and answer any questions. 

Other important forms of documentation include measurements and reports that may have been part of the repair process.The most important is the diagnostic scan report. This is a computerized summary of the diagnostic scan which you can use to ask questions to ensure that everything diagnosed was repaired. Additionally, if there were adjustments to your unibody or frame, or alignment scans, ask your repair facility if they have the supporting documentation from these repairs. Your shop can provide a printout of these repairs showing that it now meets the manufacturers specifications.

Understand the warranties.

Lastly, make sure you receive and review warranty information, that will help detail how to resolve issues with the repairs if there are ever any future concerns. Read the documentation and make sure you understand the protocol for addressing future concerns.

Let Liberty Collision get you back on the road in Sparks, Nevada!

If you are looking for a collision repair shop you can trust in the Reno and Sparks, Nevada area, call the professional mechanics at Liberty Collision at  (775) 329-3368. Our professional mechanics are committed to exceeding your expectations and getting you safely back on the road after a collision. 

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