While the world is struggling to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, many small businesses are facing their own struggles during these uncertain times. Luckily, there seems to be a push to support local businesses which goes much further in giving back to your community.
From being able to maintain jobs for those who need it the most to offering you, the customer, much more personalized attention, there are plenty of reasons to give your business to a local shop over a national chain.
Here at Streamline Auto Body, we are deemed essential so are still serving our town for any needed collision repair. We are doing all we can to keep our customers and employees safe while doing the best, most safe collision repair.
Despite many states being on stay at home orders, there are still essential workers driving to work each day, people still need to go grocery shopping, or might have other urgent/essential needs requiring them to drive. As long as people are still driving, there will still be accidents and cars will still need to be repaired.
So How do you choose what body shop to use in Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ?
Most of us will usually pick up our phones and look up the closest location or choose a shop name we have heard the most on TV. However, your safety and car’s proper repair depend on doing some due diligence and knowing how to weed out the shops who are looking to save time and money over performing a good, proper repair.
Many high production body shops or national chains hang their hats on quicker and cheaper repairs because they do not follow the vehicle specific manufacturer guidelines (also called OEM procedures). These are published often for every new make and model to ensure your car’s quality is protected.
Be sure to ask your collision repair shop if they research and look up your car’s manufacturer repair guidelines when shopping around for a body shop.
Faster and cheaper repairs do not always mean better
Most of us would compare a collision repair estimate from a high production chain and the smaller local shop and see the chain’s estimate is hundreds of dollars less with a quicker turn around time frame. Who wouldn’t think that sounds like the better route to go?
However, before you jump into anything, it’s important to note that most of us bought our cars because they have fancy safety features and technology (also called ADAS) to help protect our safety. While these systems help avoid collisions, when we do find ourselves in a car accident, all those sensors and smart technologies placed strategically around the car suddenly need to be tweaked, recalibrated or reconnected.
Each car make and model is designed differently and these systems all connect in intricate ways making repairing your vehicle more time consuming and complex than ever to get it right. This is why looking up the specific vehicles manufacturer guidelines is so important.
Unfortunately many national body shop chains, or high production shops, are notorious for skipping this step because of how time consuming it is which costs them money. This usually results in sloppy repair work which puts you and your passengers at risk.
Unfortunately, Streamline Auto Body has seen our fair share of poorly repaired vehicles from one of these shops which will result in a much more extensive and expensive repair. At the end of the day, your safety is our number one priority and we will not let you back on the road driving an unsafe vehicle no matter how long the repair may take.
Know the right questions to ask
A good body shop will be supportive and able to answer any and all questions related to your collision repair. From explaining the claims process to what every line item means on your estimate, we are here to help. Here at Star Collision we believe you deserve the safest repair and would never let you leave unsatisfied. Our reviews speak for themselves!
You can trust Streamline Auto Body since we have 10 years of collision repair and restoration experience. We are an independent repair facility excelling at vehicle repairs that follow the manufacturer (OEM) guidelines. You can count on us to get you back on the road in no time and safely.