Reprinted from CarCare.org
Automobile accidents happen every day. When they do, most people are not prepared for them. Choosing a collision repair facility before you are faced with this situation however, can save you time and aggravation. Here are some things to look for when you enter a collision repair facility:
1) Is the facility clean and well lit?
2) Do they have modern equipment and current technical references?
3) Can you tour the facility?
4) Do you see signs, plaques or qualifications of technician training?
Signs of training are especially important. It shows that a business is keeping up with the technology of today's vehicles.
One company that is keeping businesses up-to-date with collision repair technology is I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair. I-CAR is a not-for-profit organization that provides collision repair training to collision repair businesses, insurance companies, and other industry related businesses. I-CAR's mission is to protect the consumer by educating businesses on up-to-date collision repair methods.
To recognize businesses that are well-trained and up-to-date in collision repair technology, I-CAR created the Gold Class Professionals� program. When you see the I-CAR Gold Class Professionals sign you can be assured you have chosen a quality collision repair facility. This sign means the business has made a commitment to training their staff on the latest technology, and has the knowledge to properly repair your collision damaged vehicle.
The I-CAR Gold Class Professionals logo is easy to spot in the yellow pages, and on signs located outside the business. Many insurance companies have listings of I-CAR Gold Class Professional businesses, and are I-CAR Gold Class Professionals themselves. They understand the importance of being properly trained and directing their customers to quality collision repair facilities.
To find an I-CAR Gold Class Professional business near you, or for a FREE information kit about the Gold Class Professionals Program, call 1-800-55-AUTO2. You can also search www.i-car.com for an I-CAR Gold Class Professional by region, state or province.
Provided as a public service by the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR). Search the CarCare.org listings of collision repair facilities in the Find-a-Shop section.