There have been many new developments in regards to Tempe collision repairs lately and the public needs to be aware of how they are affected. Three-C body shop owner Bob Juniper and Nick Orso’s Body Shop and Service Center President Mike Orso identify some issues within the industry and some challenges that should be considered. There are also a few things that are commonly overlooked by insurers regarding what they cover. For example, seat belts need to be replaced after a collision due to seatbelt pretensioners. Small things like these are seemingly unworthy of a second glance but it is a hugely important step. Seatbelts are actually considered hazardous waste after involved in a collision. There is also the over incentivizing of inexpensive repairs, “When insurers try to unrealistically control the pricing of repairs, it encourages all repair companies to cut corners to save money … This leads to shoddy and sometimes dangerous repair work.” The automotive world has seen huge changes and in a short amount of time. Gone are the days of ‘easy’ car repair compared to the last 25-50 years when an upstart mechanic could stroll over to the local junkyard and dig around for a replacement part and haggle that part down to a cheap price.

As vehicles are becoming more advanced, once simple parts become loaded with new technologies. “With the new technology of part imprinting, parts are being produced with VIN identification recognition making parts specific to a particular vehicle, not just a specific make or model as in years past. Such an imprinted part would be incompatible with another vehicle thereby making a salvage part useless, maybe even dangerous to use, in the repair.” For instance, tempe collision repair reports that a Chevy Blazer in 1995 costs about $88 to replace a side mirror and today a Lexus GX 460 side mirror runs at about $1,105. The usual 2016 side mirror comes equipped with a camera and blind spot monitoring technology. Keeping insurers informed of these changes over the years could help the cost effective repairs and those cameras and blind spot monitoring systems are made for avoiding more collisions all together.

What the insurers need to be made aware of is that cutting corners with Tempe collision repair, costs will catch up with them and eventually cost them more, according to our sources. “Post Repair Inspections conducted across the country are revealing how corners cut in the repair process by such shops are perpetuating a new breed of repaired vehicles that are reclassified after repair as total losses. Such corner-cutting work may seem like it saves money initially but, in the long run, ends up costing insurance companies, and their clients, more money as insurers pay more in re-repair costs or consider more vehicles total losses.” The costs are undoubtedly high when keeping up with technology and arguably understandable that the insurers are hesitant to hold the pace but the payoff is even greater especially when so much of new technology is specifically designed to avoid those expensive collisions.