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Choosing Your Collision Centre

When it comes to repairing your vehicle, you want to make sure you get the right folks for the job.

Accidents are stressful, even small ones. The last thing anyone should be stressing about after being involved in an accident is figuring out how to choose a collision repair centre. Different levels of damage will require visiting different types of shops, but the decision doesn’t need to be complicated.

Here are a few tips to help you decide which repair shop is right for you and your car.

Damage Type

If you were involved in a fender bender or parking lot mishap, you might be better off avoiding the full-on auto body shop. Dedicated small collision repair specialists will be able to get the damage fixed beautifully, and for a fraction of the cost of an auto body shop. In fact, places like Island Color may be able to get the damage repaired for less than the cost of your insurance deductible, so you won’t even have to involve your insurance provider. 

Get a quote quickly and easily by sending us pictures of the damage here.

Online Reviews

Check out reviews from places like Facebook and Google Reviews for all the shops you are considering. Single reviews in isolation might not be that helpful, as you’re never sure of who’s writing them, but you should be able to get an overall impression of the shop based on all their customer reviews. 

Chances are that is most of a shop’s customers are driving away happy, you will too.

Industry Experience

While we are all for upstarts, it’s a safer bet to choose a shop that has been in business for longer than a few weeks. Island Color has been the go-to shop for paint work and small collision repair on Vancouver Island for over 20 years. After 2 decades of service, you can bet we’ve learned a thing or two about fixing damage properly and making our customers happy. 

Read about our small collision services right here.

Quote Provided

Never trust a shop that won’t give you a quote in writing. We see lots of sub-standard shops that offer lowball verbal quotes and then come up with all kinds of excuses for why the bill you receive at the end of the transaction is higher than you were lead to believe. Avoid this mess by trusting a reputable shop that will provide a written quote. 

In Sum

When looking into fixing the damage to your vehicle, make sure you understand the value in getting it done properly. A botched repair job, even for minor damage, won’t just be an annoyance to your everyday driving experience. If you ever decide to sell the vehicle, you will regret having taken your car to the bargain shop for a hack job.

When it comes to your vehicle, trust the local experts, as they are the ones who will provide you with reliable, quality service at a reasonable price. 

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