When you are in need of collision repair, do you know what it means when a body shop says they are OEM Certified? Not many people do. We’re here to let North Carolina drivers know what a shop means when they say they’re OEM Certified and just how important it is when getting your car repaired.
The Ugly Truth
Modern car repair has never been more complex with the advancements in car safety technologies (such as ADAS) becoming a standard in almost every new car. With every new model, new advances are made and updated processes are developed to repair each car properly. If a repair technician approached a repair the way he or she would just a few years ago, it could cause structural damage to your vehicle. Some technicians will claim they know how to properly repair your car out of “experience,” when in reality, they are putting you at risk.
Technicians will often rely on old methods and cut corners in the repair process to save time and money. Or the insurance company will put the pressure on technicians to perform faster repairs, which could result in a car that isn’t properly repaired.
OEM Repair Procedures
OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer.” This means your car’s manufacturer releases OEM repair procedures for technicians to follow when repairing your specific vehicle. These are the highest quality and safest repairs because they come directly from the people that designed and build your car.
When a shop becomes OEM Certified for a particular brand (like we are for Honda, Ford, GM, Chrysler, INFINITI, and Nissan), this means the technicians at that shop are trained to follow the repair procedures exactly as the manufacturer outlines. The only parts used are ones designed specifically for your vehicle not aftermarket or used parts that may have unknown defects or imperfect measurements. OEM repairs ensure your vehicle’s warranty remains intact as well as the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in your car continue to perform their designated functions properly.
Many body shops will try to save money by using salvage or aftermarket parts because insurance companies refuse to pay for OEM parts. OEM parts may be more expensive, but the use of aftermarket or salvage parts could cause additional problems in your car. Your car’s value will decrease, parts won’t fit, and the ADAS might not perform properly putting your safety at risk.
Becoming an OEM Certified Body Shop
There are a lot of auto repair shops who neglect to follow these OEM repair procedures since it requires specific equipment and additional steps. However, the most qualified body shops know the importance of OEM certification and invest in everything the shop needs to maintain the highest quality of repair possible for each brand.
Here at Statesville Collision Center, we are an OEM Certified body shop that knows the responsibility that comes with that title. We have committed ourselves to follow the manufacturer guidelines and never take any shortcuts in the repair process.
Where In North Carolina Can I Get My Car Properly Repaired?
Here at Statesville Collision, we are committed to providing you the best service when it comes to collision repair. We are OEM certified in multiple brands because we value the importance of these repairs.
We refuse to repair your car any other way than what the manufacturer tells us and never take any shortcuts in the repair process. Each car that comes into our shop receives their own unique repair plan. All of our technicians have received extensive training and are up-to-date on the latest OEM Repair procedures. We will work with you and your insurance company to ensure a stress-free repair.