What to Expect
The Atoka auto body repair shop will begin by doing a thorough examination of your vehicle and writing up a detailed estimate that covers all damages and the repairs needed. Depending on the age of your vehicle and the availability of replacement parts, the parts may be listed as new OEM (original equipment manufacture) or used. The Atoka auto body repair shop will always specify the types of parts they use.
It's important to realize that after an accident, what may at first look like superficial damage, may be more extensive. Any damage to the frame or unibody can throw everything out of alignment and if not properly repaired can affect the fit of replacement parts as well as the very safety of your vehicle. If your car, truck or SUV has suffered impact damage, the Atoka auto body repair shop will use both printed service manuals and computerized data, along with specialized tools and equipment to measure specific points of your vehicle during the repair
Once all the structural and surface damage to your car or truck is repaired, your vehicle is ready for paint. The repaired areas are sanded and primed and the sections that aren't going to be painted are masked off with tape and paper to protect them from over-spray. The Atoka auto body shop will then place your vehicle inside a paint booth, which is a special area kept free of dust and the repaired areas are painted. The good looks of your car or truck depends on the quality of the paint job. Atoka Body Shop will provide a paint job you can trust.
After your car or truck is painted, any new windshield or side glass that might be needed is installed and all the trim parts are replaced. If the damage to your vehicle body was severe or if a tire, wheel, or the suspension was damaged in the collision, the next step is to check the alignment.
Last, the new paint will be checked closely for any imperfections and then the vehicle will be detailed inside and out. The Atoka auto body repair shop will do one final inspection to make certain that repairs meet the required specifications.
After the Repairs Are Complete
There will be some paper work involved for you and your insurance company but this is minor when you know your vehicle is finally waiting for you.
Keep in mind that the Atoka auto body shop can be a busy place so you do need to be patient. While your car is in the shop, they may find hidden damage and will need to get authorization from the insurance company before they can continue with the repairs. This can involve some extra time and labor and possibly mean a few extra days before you can get your car back, but ensuring your vehicle is properly repaired and completely safe to drive again is what is our top priority.
Out of Pocket versus Insurance - What You Need to Know
For minor damage, you might choose to pay out of pocket to protect your insurance rates. But if the damage is extensive, you'll need to submit a claim with your insurance company. They may try to convince you to use a specific auto body shop but it's important that you know that you can choose the shop you want to use. We hope you'll choose the skills and experience of Atoka Body Shop.