Will My Car Ever Be The Same Again?
You've probably heard the grim predictions: once your car has been in a collision, it will never be the same again, never drive right, or is hard to sell. How true is this?
Putting a wrecked car back the way it was before the accident is a difficult and complicated task, and not many can do it right. Some damage may be impossible to diagnose visually but lead to trouble down the road. For example, a slightly bent suspension part can look undamaged, but can affect tire wear and handling. Or a very low speed collision that seems only to have bent a bumper can actually have caused structural damage, as crumple zones engineered into the car deform to diffuse the force of impact away from the passenger compartment. Too, manufacturers sometimes make production changes to models not only from year to year, but during the production year as well, so the car a technician repaired last week may be subtly but critically different from the next similar model that comes through.
If damage is missed or improperly repaired, your car won't be the same. To fix your car properly, technicians must have some way to keep track of model changes and manufacturer's service bulletins, and need equipment capable of measuring damage accurately. The good news is that at Rebreu Body & Frame we have the tools and the knowledge to put your car back right. And we think if we tell you a little about how we do it, you'll feel more comfortable with the repair process.
Can a bent frame or unibody really be fixed? With the right equipment, it can be. Our computerized car measuring and straightening tool has a database that includes almost any car made in the last fifteen years, and the measurements available to us — the figures that will be used to straighten your car — have been made from actual cars, not pre-production blueprints. Measurements taken from the engineer's idea of the car, may not be accurate when compared to the car that finally comes off the line. We have access to the correct measurements, and our measuring equipment is accurate to under 1 mm, the thickness of a dime, and well within tolerances achieved by auto makers.
Many fear too, that if their new car has been in a collision, it has to go back to the dealer for work, because only the dealer knows about the car, or because the warranty will be affected. But dealerships have nothing on Rebreu Body & Frame. We have purchased a computer service that keeps us apprised of the same manufacturer's bulletins, service information, and manufacturer's recalls that go to dealerships. And we have access to federally mandated safety recalls as well. The techniques and parts we use to repair your car assure that your factory warranty will in no way be affected, and we back all our work with a warranty as well.
When repairs are completed, we can give you a copy of your car's "before" and "after" measurements, on an easy-to-understand printout illustrated with graphs and diagrams of the damage. These measurements are kept on file at Rebreu, so if you are in another collision later there can be no question about whether or not subsequent damage is related to the old repair. And when you get ready to sell your car, you can show the prospective buyer that the car was put back right.
At Rebreu we have years of practical experience combined with formal training, the best equipment available, and computer services that ensure that we are as well informed as anyone in the industry. Your car can be the same after a wreck, if you have the right people working for you.
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