So, you just got in a fender bender in your leased vehicle. What do you do now? Is it different than if it’s a vehicle you own?
First off, make sure you are in as safe a location as possible and call 911 and report it to the police. Do this even it’s a minor incident, no matter whose fault it is. Police reports will help you establish facts and resolve disputes. Insurance companies want police reports and it will make the process smoother if you have official descriptions of the accident.
Next, call your insurance company. Hopefully, you have appropriate insurance so you’re not out of luck even if the other driver was uninsured or underinsured. Your insurer can get involved in the process even if it wasn’t your fault.
Third, call the lease finance company, especially if the vehicle is totaled. It’s their vehicle, after all. They’ll want to know what’s up and expect a call from an insurance company. Most leasing agreements carry GAP insurance, meaning insurance pays the leasing company the difference between the “totaled” amount and market value. The money doesn’t go to you but ensures you won’t owe extra.
The last step is probably the most important. Take your vehicle to a repair facility that will return your vehicle in like-new condition. Make sure they use OEM parts, not cheap aftermarket replacements or junkyard parts. You will be charged for repairs that don’t meet OEM standards to restore your vehicle to acceptable condition.
At Cline Collision Center, we will put your vehicle back into pre-collision shape. As a Gold Class certified shop, you can feel confident knowing that we only use OEM parts and hold ourselves to incredibly high standards. Our ASE certification lets you know we stay up with all of the latest developments, offering a full slate of state-of-the-art autobody services, from dent removal to high-end painting and auto detailing. Contact us online or call us at 707-591-9909 if your car is in an accident, leased or not. You’ll be happy you took all the right steps!
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts are built by the maker of your vehicle. They fit and work perfectly because they are the same parts that were specifically engineered for your car. Aftermarket parts are made to replace damaged parts, usually at a lesser cost. They might be good quality parts. They might not.
Here is what you might want to consider before choosing:
Because OEM parts are made by the automakers who designed and built your vehicle, they are generally more expensive than aftermarket parts. On the other hand, they are guaranteed to exactly match the parts they replace. This doesn’t mean that OEM parts are always superior to aftermarket parts—it just means that they aren’t the same. OEM parts can sometimes make repairs take longer—it may take shops more time to get parts from original equipment manufacturers than aftermarket suppliers.
Aftermarket parts are regulated by federal and state administrators. Still, some aftermarket manufacturers are better than others. The difficulty is in knowing which ones. Insurance companies often push for shops to use non-OEM parts because they can cost as much as 50 % less. Many shops use aftermarket parts and you have to trust if they are doing so because it is a better value, or they want to increase their bottom line.
Which is better for you? How do you decide?
The choice is yours, of course. You can research aftermarket parts and make an educated evaluation of your situation. Also, a very restrictive budget may make aftermarket parts your only choice. On the contrary, if you want to maintain the value of your vehicle and you want to guarantee the fit and quality of the repair, OEM parts are your best choice.It is also important to go to a body shop you can trust for advice and repairs you can rely on. Cline Collision Center provides professional auto detailing, dent removal, and exact-match painting. If you want your car restored to its pre-collision condition, contact us online or call us today at 707-591-9909.
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 removal, high-end painting, auto 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.
At Cline Auto Collision, we’re a MOPAR auto body shop, but what does that actually mean?
What is MOPAR?
MOPAR was named by combining the words “motor” and “parts.” MOPAR is the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FAC) Global Service and Parts division that’s responsible for manufacturing and distributing authentic replacement parts, components and accessories for Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles. Despite being a department within the Fiat Chrysler organization, many car owners refer to all vehicles produced by them as MOPAR.
What is a MOPAR Shop?
As a MOPAR auto body shop, this means we only use OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts for all FAC repairs. The label of MOPAR is the same as saying that we’re FAC certified and means FAC has acknowledged that we meet their strict standards for repairing all makes and models manufactured by them. We make sure not only to use OEM parts but also to follow factory approved procedures and recommended equipment for every FAC repair job.
Why Use MOPAR Parts?
It’s crucial to use MOPAR parts for your FAC vehicles because every part is engineered specifically for your car. While aftermarket or generic parts can cut costs significantly, they may be of poor quality, fit irregularly, or may even potentially alter the appearance or structural integrity of your vehicle. Using MOPAR parts will ensure you receive high-quality repairs that restore your vehicle to factory standards while keeping your vehicle safe and reliable. If you’re in need of repairs for your FAC vehicle, contact Cline Collision Center! We’re proud to be a MOPAR auto body shop offering superior repairs that will make your vehicle look and feel like new.
Everyone knows that car accidents are inconvenient, distressing, and potentially costly. As the concerned owner of a damaged vehicle, you may be wondering whether or not you’ll be able to get OEM parts.
Insurance companies sometimes try to keep costs down by using aftermarket parts, which are cheaper and lower quality. At Cline Collision Center in Santa Rosa, we want you to know that it’s within your rights as a vehicle owner to demand OEM parts after you’re involved in any kind of car accident or collision. You do not have to use cheap knockoff parts, and your insurance cannot legally force you to do so.
Although OEM parts are more expensive, they are higher quality and longer lasting. All these original parts, from fenders to windows, have been safety-tested and quality-checked. It’s extremely important to us to prioritize the overall performance of your vehicle and the absolute safety of its passengers, which is why we use OEM parts, have MOPAR and FCA certifications, and are a recognized collision repair center for Kia, Nissan, Infiniti, Hyundai, Ford, Honda, and more.
Cline Collision Center’s certifications give you the advantage of knowing our technicians will be using only OEM parts on all repairs. OEM parts are specially made and engineered to fit your particular vehicle, guaranteeing both that the car will function to the best of its ability and look exactly like it did before any damages occurred.
Cline Collision Center will coordinate with your insurance, give you updates on all of your repairs (via phone calls or through the app Carwise), and offer consistent and quality customer service throughout the entire process. We’re a locally owned, operated, and loved business – feel free to give us a call today at (707) 591-9909 and make an appointment, ask questions about OEM parts, or anything else!