Repair shops are needed to determine the cost and time it will take to complete the proper repair. Only a professionally trained collision repair shop should be consulted. Technicians typically disassemble damaged parts from the vehicle until no more damage can be detected. Then, they must consult with the auto manufacturer to determine the recommended and safest way to repair the vehicle.
A repair estimate is generated based on the findings and approval is required by the customer and insurance company that is involved. Once approval is secured, parts and materials are ordered. All parts and materials should be received prior to repairs commencing, past disassembly. The reason for this is if parts are on backorder, or materials are not available, delays in production can be avoided. Once all the materials are received, repairs can begin. Completion date should be provided to the customer at this point. The customer should be updated every 3 days until the repairs are complete. On the day of completion, prior to reaching out to the customer, a thorough quality control inspection is required.
In this quality control inspection, the shop representative with the authorized repair order should confirm that all repairs and parts are safely repaired or replaced. This includes fit and finish, and confirming the new paint color matches the undamaged parts of the car. A properly repaired vehicle should showcase a seamless repair and appear as if the damage never occurred. 3 Stage Auto Collision stands by this process of collision repair and aims to encourage the public to seek this standard of service at any shop they visit.
Frame damage refers to 2 different auto frame systems. The structure or foundation of the vehicle could be damaged. There are 2 types of auto and light truck frames.
The first frame type is a single iron structure that the body of the vehicle sits on and is typically bolted to the frame. This type of frame is most commonly referred to as a "Full Frame". The full frame is made from either iron, steel, or thick reinforced aluminum and requires a bench-type frame rack that is wide, large, and strong enough to support the weight of its vehicles. The damage to this type of frame system requires hydraulic pulling towers that have the capacity to pull from 7-10 ton strengths. 3 Stage Auto Collision is equipped with a Car-O-Liner frame repair system with 3D measuring to ensure if your vehicle has this Full Frame system we can handle the damage.
The second type of frame system is the "Uni-Structure, or Unitized Frame Structure". Most cars and mid-size crossover vehicles are manufactured with this type of framing structure. This frame system is made up of reinforced steel or alloy metal connected together through weld and bonding. "Uni" in the word "Unitized" means the single structure surrounds the cab and engine compartment with reinforced sheet metal, and/or aluminum. It is designed to collapse strategically during a collision to protect the passengers and the vital parts of the vehicle. Specialized equipment is needed to repair Unitized frames. 3 Stage Auto Collision is proud of the training and equipment we offer to repair this type of damage properly and safely.