Diagnosing Car Troubles

After I got stranded in a seemingly remote place for a few hours, I realized that I really needed to do my part to learn more about auto repair. I started focusing on my auto skills, and before I knew it, I knew enough to change my own oil and fuel filters. After spending a few weekends tweaking my ride, I was even capable of fixing minor issues on my own--without any help. This blog is all about fixing up your car so that you can enjoy the ride you have always wanted. I know that it has helped me to enjoy the road, and I know that it can help you too.

3 Elements Which Add Time To The Car Repair Process

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When you take your vehicle in to get repaired after an accident, it can feel like the repair process takes forever. Understanding how the repair process works following an accident can help you better understand why it is taking time for your vehicle to get fixed.

#1 Working with the Insurance Company

First, working with the insurance company takes time. When you have been in an accident, the shop has to communicate with both you and your insurance company before doing work on your vehicle. Working with your insurance company adds another layer to the process of fixing your vehicle. The mechanics will have to determine the entire scoop of damage and communicate that information to your insurance company. Then, your insurance company will want your mechanic to run additional diagnostics to find out more about the overall health of your vehicle.

This review process, where the shop assesses the damage and does extensive diagnostics and communicates this information with your insurance company, and then with you, adds time to the process. This step has to be completed before any work can happen on your vehicle.

#2 Order Parts to Fix Your Vehicle

Next, the ordering of parts can add to the repair time. With auto collusions, you are generally replacing auto body parts, not just mechanical under the hood parts, which can take more time to replace. Some auto body parts can be easily sources; however, the older your vehicle is or the more unique your car is, the harder it may be to find and source the necessary parts to fix your vehicle.

#3 Taking Things Apart

Finally, once the mechanics have the right parts to fix your vehicle, the real work begins. Any good technician will remove and disable all the parts on the area of your car that they are fixing. This will allow them to make sure that they don't miss any issues that may have been hidden during a visual inspection and will allow the mechanic to ensure that everything is put together.

Taking everything apart can restart the above cycle if a new issue is found. All new issues have to be reported first to your insurance company, and the repair has to be approved, before work can begin.

When you get your vehicle fixed following an auto accident, it is important to realize that the process is time-intensive because everything has to be communicated and approved by your insurance company, including any newly discovered damage or issues that are found once the repairs begin. It can also take time to source auto-body parts. If it takes a few weeks to get your vehicle back, rest assured it is because the auto-body shop is doing the repair by the book.

Contact a shop, like Collisions Plus Performance, to get started.


17 February 2019