Why Use an Independent Auto Body Shop?

Had an accident? In need of auto body repair? We know how stressful it is to navigate the stress of insurance claims. Especially when insurers float “preferred” body shops to you.

Why do insurers hand out this status and what does it mean to you? Shops that are preferred by insurers often have mixed loyalties. They need to keep you happy, but their monetary alliance is to insurers who tell shops to make repairs within narrow cost windows for parts and labor.

This is good for insurers. They are better able to control the repair costs incurred by motorists. This is also good for shops that are preferred. They get more business sent their way. Can you guess who it isn’t good for?

Customers are the only ones shortchanged in this setup. Shops are going to be much more motivated to keep a giant corporation satisfied than they are in giving you the quality repairs you need. Most insurers don’t require preferred shops to use OEM parts. In the name of efficiency, your car will get repaired with aftermarket parts that may not fit or function as well as the originals.

In fact, many insurers will try to sway you from going to non-preferred shops. Unfortunately, they have it backward. You pay a solid chunk of money each month so that the insurance company will restore your vehicle after an accident. Rather than try to control cost at your expense, they should ensure that body shops give you top-quality repairs. 

We remain independent and prefer to work for you! We use the right parts installed the right way with the right tools and equipment! Why would you trust your vehicle to cut-rate shops your insurer prefers? Who is looking out for your safety? The pros at Cline Collision Center will bring your vehicle back to pre-collision condition, bring it into. We offer a full slate of autobody services, from dent removal to high-end painting and auto detailing. Contact us online or call us at 707-591-9909 for fully guaranteed repairs for your damaged car or truck.

OEM Certification Requires Culture Shift for Body Shops

There’s a giant gap between body shops willing to invest in the training, tools, and equipment to perform proper repairs and those that aren’t, according to a recent article in Body Shop Business. Experts note that there are a relative handful of really good autobody shops in the county. After those elite shops, there is a steep decline.  

For those that aren’t there yet, getting up to date and staying there is an uphill climb.

First, there is the cost. Training requires technicians to take time away from the repairs that make money for shops. Acquiring proper tools and state-of-the-art equipment isn’t cheap either. It requires a culture shift away from short-term profits to long term thinking.

Management has to completely change their thinking. They need to switch from relentlessly maximizing productive hours and bottom-line numbers to building a new blueprint for estimating and parts procurement that includes new training and equipment.   

Why does this culture shift need to happen now?

Technology is changing so quickly that shops not investing now will only fall further behind. Owners who don’t put money into training, tools, and equipment is guaranteeing poor quality for their customers.

This isn’t just about money. It is also about mindset. For those that have been in business 20 years, they may resist these changes. “I know what I’m doing,” they say. But this opposition will leave them unprepared as the auto industry hurtles forward.

Experts suggest that everyone in the shop needs to be willing to learn. Approaching the business as a perpetual student is the only way to give customers and their cars the safe reliable service they need. As the rate of technological change increases, so does the need for education and equipment that moves shops into the future.

Cline Collision Center continues to invest so that it is an elite autobody shop now, as well as in the future. We are FCA US Certified. This guarantees that we use OEM parts in repairs, ensuring fit and function you can depend on. It also tells you our technicians are trained to restore your vehicle to pre-collision condition. We are also certified by Ford, Chrysler-Fiat, Hyundai, Infinity/Nissan, Kia and Honda for services including auto detailingdent removal, and exact-match painting. Contact us online or call us at 707-591-9909 today!

The Right Parts Installed the Right Way

Like anything else, choosing an autobody shop that you trust can feel like a leap of faith. Will they have the training, tools, parts suppliers, and equipment to return your car to pre-collision condition?

When your car is in an accident, you need to have confidence that the repair is done correctly. Going to an Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) certified body shop ensures that well-trained technicians are using parts that meet OEM standards.

We Know The Importance Of Your Vehicle

Your car is a critical component of your daily existence. Transporting yourself and loved ones safely is the top priority. You also don’t want to spend much time hassling with getting your vehicle fixed. That’s why it’s so crucial for car repairs to be done right the first time. An OEM certified shop provides expensive training sessions for its technicians with dealers or manufacturers. These shops also only use OEM certified parts. This ensures that your repaired vehicle will have parts that are of the same quality as your original vehicle.

Certification isn’t cheap. Shops that invest in better training and parts believe that safety and quality are more important than short-term profits gained by cutting corners. These certifications also need to be constantly renewed. That means a shop can’t get complacent—it requires a commitment to stay up with the latest developments in the industry. The right parts installed the right way with the right tools! Why would you trust your vehicle with cut-rate shops that don’t care about your safety? When you want your car or truck restored to its original condition, bring it into the pros at Cline Collision Center. Dent removalhigh-end paintingauto detailing—we do it all! If you want 100% satisfaction guaranteed repair for your damaged vehicle, contact us online or call us at 707-591-9909 today.

7 Things Auto-Body Shops Won’t Tell You

If you get into an accident, there are several things that are useful to know before you head to the body shop.

#1. A Fender Bender Can be Expensive to Repair

If you’ve gotten into a literal fender bender and it’s deemed that you’re the one at fault, you may be surprised at the cost of replacing a fender – even after the $500 deductible. The average fender replacement can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,600 after the costs of installation and painting. On vehicles with carbon fiber fenders, that cost can be as much as $5,000 to replace.

#2. Approved Shops are Often Obliged to Work on Behalf of Insurance Companies

Auto insurers contract with auto body shops to repair vehicles for a pre-negotiated rate; sometimes this includes practices like require low hourly labor rates, or making the shop pick up the cost of the rental car. Insurers often give customers so many discounts that it makes it impossible for shops to make much of a profit, causing some companies to feel tempted to cut corners.

#3. Not all Replacement Parts are Equal

OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts are designed to match your make and model of vehicle exactly. Insurers generally prefer shops use generic, lower quality, or salvaged parts because they’re less expensive. If you’re at fault for an accident, you may be bound by your insurance policy to use these lower quality parts, however, if someone else is at fault be sure to tell your auto body shop to use OEM parts.

#4. The Due Date May Be Exaggerated

Mechanics often take on more work than they can handle but may blame it on things like parts being delayed. Before you choose a shop to do your body work, it’s always a good idea to check their online reviews to make sure that they deliver what they say they will.

#5. A Rental Car Can be Expensive

Renting a car is convenient if you’re going to be without your vehicle for an extended period of time, however, the costs can add up quickly. Renting a car for three weeks could cost $1,000 or more. Even if you have rental car insurance, your daily reimbursement may be limited to the cost of a compact car. Make sure your rental car insurance is comparable to the size of car you’re having repaired.

#6. Choose a Shop That Specializes in Your Type of Vehicle

Many European cars have precision parts and use types of metal that require specialized equipment to repair it. You should always take your car to a shop that’s certified by the manufacturer to work on your specific vehicle. Going to a manufacturer certified shop ensures the shop will understand your vehicle and have the right tools and parts to properly repair it back to manufacturer’s specifications. These shops do generally charge higher rates, so insurers won’t necessarily recommend them – but they should still be willing to pick up the tab.

#7. The Insurer’s Warranty Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Much

Insurers will sometimes exaggerate warranties on parts, for example, saying that they’ll be good for the life of the vehicle. This can be a tactic to urge consumers to go to a shop within their network. In reality, the body shop’s guarantee is the one that you should trust. Most shops guarantee their work, and most manufacturers guarantee their parts – those are the warranties that truly matter.

Helpful Hints

What to do if you are involved in an accident:

  1. Stop. Stay calm. Do not leave the scene.
  2. Call law enforcement authorities immediately.
  3. Do not discuss the accident with anyone except the police or your insurance company. Do not pay the other party.
  4. Secure the names and addresses of involved parties and witnesses.
  5. Have your vehicle towed to Cline Collision Center if it’s illegal or unsafe to drive. If your vehicle is legal and safe to drive, give us a call A.S.A.P.
  6. Notify your insurance company and inform them you have chosen Cline Collision Center to perform the repairs to your vehicle.

Facts you should know:

  1. You are not required to get more than one estimate.
  2. It’s your choice to choose a shop to repair your vehicle. You are not required to take your car to a shop selected by a claims adjuster. However, you are required by your policy to allow your insurance company a reason able amount of time to inspect the damages prior to repairing them.
  3. As the registered owner of your vehicle, only you can authorize any and all repairs to be done.
  4. Repair estimates will vary. A lower estimate may not include necessary parts and/or materials. It’s your vehicle, make sure it’s repaired to your satisfaction.
  5. Review your Policy. Understand your rights and responsibilities as well as your obligations. Your insurance company wants your vehicle properly repaired and for you to be completely satisfied with their claims service. Reviewing your Policy will help in understanding how the claims process works.
  6. Since the vehicle is being repaired for you, you are required to insure payment is made upon completion of repairs. To avoid any delays, be sure to secure payment from your insurance company. Also, if need be, have in your possession, any necessary endorsement from lien holders.

Our shop stands ready to assist you in any of these matters. We will work closely with you to minimize your inconvenience and maximize your satisfaction.This is our pledge to you.

How to protect your vehicle’s finish:

  1. Avoid car washes that use rotating brushes and harsh cleaners. Use soft cloths when washing your vehicle.
  2. Avoid waxing for 3 months after any painting has been done to your vehicle. After three months you should apply wax at least twice a year.
  3. Wash off any gas, oil, or fluid spills of any kind immediately with soap and water. Do not just wipe off.
  4. Always wash off any bird droppings, tree sap, or other signs of contamination immediately. “This is very important.”

Should I Go To My Insurance Company’s Preferred Auto Body Shop?

What Body Auto Shop Should I go to?

When you first get into an automobile accident, you may have a million questions on your mind. Such as, does my insurance cover this? Is the other driver insured? Should I go to my insurance company’s preferred auto body shop? While we may not have all the answers, we can certainly assist you in the decision making process when it comes to choosing the right auto shop for you.

A few years ago, the California legislature decided that it was unfair to force consumers to use the repair shop recommended by their insurance company. This means not only do you have the flexibility to choose your own mechanic, but you must be informed in writing of your right to a body shop of your choice. While your car insurance company will provide their list of preferred shops, you are the ultimate decision maker. Don’t feel pressured into taking your vehicle to a company that you don’t trust!

High Quality Service

Cline Collision Center recommends that consumers select an auto body shop of their choice for several reasons. For instance, if you’ve already developed a relationship with a specific auto body shop, you can trust them with the care of your automobile. Familiarity breeds trust, and you’re more likely to get a reasonable quote with a guarantee. Furthermore, your insurance company will communicate with your preferred auto shop to ensure that you will not have to pay out of pocket.
By exercising your right to choose, you can make the most informed decision. If you haven’t already worked with us, we want you to know that Cline Collision Center is one of the highest rated auto body shops on Yelp. We specialize in hassle-free collision repair, and we promise to restore your vehicle to its former condition. We’re experienced in handling insurance company paperwork, and we stand by the quality of our work with a full written warranty. On top of all that, we like to throw in a free detailing because our customers deserve the best.

Ultimately, you have the right to choose which auto body shop you take your car to. We suggest that you do your research, ask for recommendations from friends and family members, or simply return to your preferred mechanic. For more information regarding car insurance preferred shops and our suggestions to you, give Cline Collision Center a call today!

What to Know About Paint Matching

Getting into a fender-bender is stressful enough without being constantly reminded about the work your car needs thanks to a dent and scratched paint. It’s hard to look at your once-pristine car and see that big scrape mark every day. Time to get it taken care of!

Where to start? Many auto body repair shops offer paint matching, but there are a few things you should know before selecting a shop. Look at their portfolio if they have one – it should include pictures. Can you see before and after shots of cars that have gone through that garage? How do they look? If you’re satisfied that the paint work looks good, you should follow up by asking about the method and paint matching equipment that the shop uses.

Here at Cline Collision, we use updated special equipment to make sure we match your car’s paint correctly every time. If your car has its original factory color, we’ll check the VIN number on your car, then use it to obtain the specific paint code. This way, we can make sure we’re putting the same color on your car that your original manufacturer used when it was created. In addition, a special camera will take pictures of your car’s finish to ensure that we’re matching the color perfectly. We can even match custom colors, so if you’re worried your expensive custom paint job is ruined, no worries… we’ll patch it up!

If you have any questions about paint matching or would like to see how we do it in the shop, feel free to give us a call or stop by. You can’t find the same equipment and method used everywhere, so it’s always a good idea to do your research first. We’ll even complete your insurance paperwork for you – just bring your claim number!