Car owners are confronted by a number of decisions following an automotive accident or collision. Frequently, car owners prioritize the swift repair of their vehicle amongst these decisions. The first step to repairing a car is acquiring a collision repair estimate.
Repair estimates are price quotes written by auto body repair shops in order to outline the various components and correlating expenses of a comprehensive collision repair. Typically, repair estimates are administered by car insurances companies; however, car owners can elect to independently seek out an estimate from an auto body shop in order to make an informed decision. The total cost of a repair estimate can vary from one auto body shop to another. As a car owner, it is important to understand the key cost indicators that factor into collision repair estimates.
Hidden Damages: Repair estimates unfold in two stages: the initial estimate of damages that are visible when examining the exterior of the car, and a supplemental estimate following disassembly and exposure of internal—or hidden—damages. Depending on the type of external destruction and the experience of the shop technician— a level of assumption regarding hidden damages can be calculated into an initial estimate.
Labor: There are three distinctive categories of auto repair labor: mechanical work, body repair, and paint refinishing. Labor rates vary both between the different types of labor implemented within the collision repair process and between individual auto body shops.
Parts: The type of parts used to repair your vehicle has the capacity to drastically impact the total cost of your collision estimate. Auto body shops have access to three distinct types of replacement parts: new Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), recycled/refurbished OEM, and aftermarket parts.
Estimate Software: Audatex, CCC, and Mitchell are the standard cost estimate software systems that are utilized by auto body repair shops. Although each system is comparatively similar, the few differences have the potential to result in varying estimate totals.
Mercer Auto Body understands that the collision estimate process can be taxing. At Mercer, we strive to make the process seamless for clients by working with you to meet your specific needs and budget, and by completing the repairs as fast as possible. Mercer provides free damage estimates and full-service collision repair. In addition, we accept all insurance companies, handle our client’s insurance claims, and are the preferred vendor for a wide selection of providers.
We we provide auto body repairs for our clients living in Kennett Square, Avondale, West Grove, Landenberg, Toughkenamon, Hockessin, DE, Chadds Ford, Unionville, and Concordville.