Yuma Auto body repair Specialists
If your vehicle has been damaged from a collision and needs auto body repair then you have probably heard this common misconception: your vehicle will never be the same. Chances are, it wasn’t your insurance company representative or an employee of a collision repair business who said this. That’s because Sutton's Auto Body professionals return collision-damaged vehicles to their previous condition – both structurally and cosmetically.
So what does it take to repair your vehicle properly after an accident? Because of today’s complex vehicles and high-quality paint finishes, technicians need to be properly trained in the entire repair process to ensure complete and safe repairs.
STEP 1 - ESTIMATE
During the preliminary estimate process all relevant customer and vehicle information is gathered and a visual damage inspection is performed. The data is entered into a computer program and a preliminary cost estimate is produced. The estimate process is completed after a disassembly of the vehicle where any hidden damage maybe discovered.
STEP 2 - APPROVAL
Once the preliminary estimate is completed and it is determined that the vehicle is repairable, we can proceed with your authorization. This approval may require an agreement with your Insurer.
STEP 3 - ORDER PARTS/SCHEDULE REPAIRS
Initial parts order is placed and an appointment for repair is made based on the preliminary estimate.
STEP 4 - DISASSEMBLY
After dis-assembly, the repair plan is completed. Any undiscovered damage or additional parts required to complete the repair are added to the preliminary estimate and communicated with the owner and/or the insurance provider, if necessary, for approval.
STEP 5 - STRUCTURAL REPAIR
70% collision damaged vehicles display some degree of structural misalignment. Your vehicle is carefully measured against manufacturer specified dimensions and returned those specifications using O.E.M. approved equipment and tools.
STEP 6 - BODY REPAIR
This is where exterior panels are either straightened or replaced depending on the extent of damage. Body panels are carefully fitted and aligned before proceeding to paint.
STEP 7 - PAINT
Paint preparation is a critical step in the refinishing process. Panels are carefully prepped, primed, and sealed before applying the eco-friendly waterborne color and poly-urethane clear coat. The color is carefully mixed to formula for your vehicle and adjusted if needed to assure a good match.
STEP 8 - REASSEMBLY
Lights, moldings, trim, and hardware are re-installed during this step. Electrical and mechanical systems are checked. Wheel alignments, A/C recharges are performed if necessary and a road test is completed to assure your vehicle is returned to pre-accident performance and appearance.
STEP 9 - DETAILING
Vehicle is washed and vacuumed, paint is inspected and polished if needed. A final appearance inspection is performed prior to delivery.
STEP 10 - DELIVERY
Delivery is the last step in the repair process. When you arrive to pick up your vehicle, the bill is explained, the final repair work is completed, and payment is collected. You drive away satisfied that your vehicle has been restored to a safe pre-accident condition.