As wonderful as your car is to you, at some point it will need repairs whether from your own fault or someone else’s fault. To help alleviate the stress that comes with car repairs it is beneficial to know about the repairs, the cost that is associated with the repair, and if and how insurance is involved with the repairs.
Common Auto Body Repairs and Their Cost
There are a multitude of repairs that may occur to your car, but we want to introduce you to the five most common auto body repairs and the cost associated with each repair.
Cracked or Broken Windshield
A small crack or chip to your windshield may at only be a nuisance, but that small crack or chip can spread into a larger crack that can endanger the passenger(s) and even garner you a fine. The cost of repairing a cracked or broken windshield will depend on the extent of the damage but a good estimate is $10 to $150 for a small chip or crack and up to $1,500 to replace an entire windshield.
The bumper of your vehicle is designed to be hit and mitigate the damage to the rest of the vehicle. While a dented bumper may not endanger the safety of the passenger(s) in the vehicle the damage to the bumper does need to be addressed before it becomes a more pressing issue. If not addressed, the exposed parts of the vehicle may become rusted as they are exposed to the elements. The cost to repair a dented bumper will range from $300 to $1,500.
Auto Body Paint Repair
If you have owned your vehicle for an extended amount of time you may have noticed that there are nicks, scratches, gouges, and even fading of color to the paint on your vehicle. This type of damage can negatively impact the value of your car and if untreated long enough will be an avenue for rust. To repair the paint on your vehicle you can either choose a one or two-step application process. The one-step application process involves either an enamel or urethane paint being applied to the exterior. While both paints will provide a new glossy finish with the scratches being filled in, The urethane paint provides more durability and a longer warranty. The two-step application is the one-step application plus a urethane sealer for extended durability. To restore the vehicle to a “new car” look before the one or two-step process there needs to be chip and scratch repair, a full sanding, and priming. The cost of paint repair can start at $300 for the one-step application all the way up to $7,500 for a custom paint job.
You will know when it is time to repair your suspension when you hear the creaks and squeaks, and the ride becomes uncomfortable. These noises aren’t just a nuisance but a suspension in need of repair is a safety hazard. The cost to repair individual components of the suspension begin at $300, but to replace the entire suspension you will pay upwards of $5,000.
Dented Auto Body
A dented auto body repair is any dent that is not a dent to the bumper of the vehicle. A dent may be a minor eyesore or may be major that causes the vehicle to be unsafe. To repair a single minor dent, you may pay up to $200 but a single major dent could cost up to $1,500; with each dent being priced out individually and not collectively.
How are Auto Body Repairs Paid?
Auto repairs are not completed for free so either you, your car insurance provider, or a combination of both will pay for the coverage.
Auto body repair shops base their estimates on: make and model of the vehicle, type and extent of damage, labor and operational expenses, and affiliation of shop as either independent or part of a dealership. They also have databases that guide the pricing telling them the time it should take to repair, what parts are needed, and the cost of the parts.
Insurance or No Insurance
The auto insurance policy that you purchased will outline what type of damage is covered and how much will be paid after your deductible; usual deductibles range from $500 to $2,500. It is recommended to get an estimate from the auto body repair shop before filing a claim because with each claim you file, your premium increases. if the estimate comes back from the auto body repair shop and is less than your deductible there is no need to file a claim. If the estimate is more than your deductible and more than what your rate increase would be, you will want to consider filing a claim. You will also want to consider what is covered as part of your auto policy. There will be no cost to you to repair or replace your windshield if you have a complete windshield rider. Collision cover should cover the cost of auto body dents and major bumper dents no matter who is at fault. While paint repair alone and suspension repairs are not covered as they are deemed wear-and-tear repairs.
Columbia Collision Repairs Ltd. has delivered extraordinary automotive body repairs and collision repair services in Surrey, British Columbia since our family owned ICBC accredited body shop opened in 1981. We take pride in performing the finest auto repair services in the area, guaranteeing that our customers are happy, and their cars look pristine. Our staff comprises 10 trained and certified auto body repair specialists who operate within our 10,500-square-foot body shop in Surrey, BC. With the ability to perform comprehensive car body repairs we are proud to be your preferred collision repair shop in the Lower Mainland. Fill out the contact form below for us to contact you, or call or visit us today to learn more about our range of auto body and collision repair services.
When you hear back from the auto body shop that your car has frame damage from the accident, you might immediately think that your car is totaled, but with technological advances this may not be the case. We here at Columbia Collision Repairs would like to share our over 40 years of experience with you about what to expect when the frame of your vehicle has been damaged.
What Is the Frame of Your Vehicle?
The technical term for the frame of your vehicle is the chassis and it is the structural support system of your vehicle. It supports all the mechanical components, car body, and the weight of your vehicle. The frame also protects all the internal parts of the car and the passenger(s) in the event of a collision. There are two types of frames your vehicle may have: unibody or body on frame. The unibody frame is designed to be the frame and body of the car in one unit and are unified to support the entire vehicle. The unibody frame is most commonly found in passenger cars. The body on frame is also known as a ladder frame and is two separate parts bolted together. The body on frame is commonly found in trucks, SUVS, and buses.
What Is Frame Damage?
Frame damage is classified as any damage, to any part of the vehicle, that is intended to support the vehicle’s structural integrity. This damage can be visible hidden from an exterior look at the vehicle, but it is caused by outside forces or from disrepair. Major damage to the frame compromises the main support of the vehicle and can make it too unstable to drive, put other parts of the vehicle at risk, and compromise the safety of the passenger(s). Dents, scratches, and or gouges to the paint are minor frame damage but will not put the passenger(s) at risk. The cost to repair the frame damage may be more than the value of the car, but if the damage is repairable, the time it will take to fix the damage will depend on the complexity of the repair, if there is any damage found during the initial repair, and the availability of the parts needed for repair.
Types of Car Frame Damage
Even though frame damage is damage to the structural integrity of the vehicle, not all frame damage is created equally. Here are some of the different types of frame damage and what to expect with each type of damage to the frame of your vehicle. These types of frame damage can occur to either a unibody or a body on frame type of frame.
Sagging Frame Damage
Sagging frame damage is when the frame of the vehicle is sagging after an outside force has collided with the vehicle. The result of the collision leaves parts of the frame uneven and can cause gaps that may be visible or hidden. If the gaps are hidden, they are most often found when sections of the vehicle lean in toward the gap. The most common result of a sagging frame is stress to the tires and the coils but can be corrected through the use of a frame straightener.
Twisted Frame Damage
Twisted frame damage is when the unibody or body on frame becomes twisted as a result of a collision between your vehicle and an outside force. A thorough inspection by a trained technician is usually needed to detect twisted frame damage because it doesn’t cause gaps in the vehicle. A twisted frame is most commonly detected when the vehicle is unstable at high speeds or has difficulty in turns and is corrected using a frame straightener. If a twisted frame is not corrected tires and coils will wear faster.
Sway/Corner Frame Damage
Sway frame damage is also known as corner frame damage because it is the result of an impact to the corner of the vehicle. This type of damage most commonly occurs because the driver of the vehicle turns the wheel before impact trying to avoid the collision. The symptoms of sway damage are vibrations and/or rubbing sounds coming from the vehicle as a result of the vehicle not being able to drive in a straight line. Sway damage can be corrected using a computer assisted frame straightener but if sway damage is not corrected the misalignment will cause issues to the transmission.
Mashed Frame Damage
Mashed frame damage is the result of your vehicle being hit head-on or rear-ended and the frame has crumpled in on itself and part of the frame has become shorter than the manufacturer’s specifications. Of the different types of frame damage, mashed frame damage is the most visible because it is indicated by the distortion, or wrinkles, in the hood, fenders, rails, and/or frames. Mashed frame damage can not be repaired but the section of the frame that was damaged must be replaced. This is not a cost-effective fix and left unattended will cause serious wear and tear on the rest of the vehicle and put the passenger(s) of the vehicle in danger.
Columbia Collision Repairs Ltd. has delivered extraordinary automotive body repairs and collision repair services in Surrey, British Columbia since our family-owned ICBC accredited body shop opened in 1981. We take pride in performing the finest auto repair services in the area, guaranteeing that our customers are happy, and their cars look pristine. Our staff comprises 10 trained and certified auto body repair specialists who operate within our 10,500-square-foot body shop in Surrey, BC. With the ability to perform comprehensive car body repairs on a wide array of vehicles, we are proud to be your preferred collision repair shop in the Lower Mainland. We will work with your insurance company to have your damage repaired. Fill out the contact form below for us to contact you, or call us today to learn more about our range of auto body and collision repair services.