When you are involved in an accident, you will undoubtedly need to visit an auto body repair shop. Oftentimes, the customer’s primary concern is the amount of time repairs will take, which is reasonable considering how difficult life can be without a vehicle. To help answer the most pressing questions, here are a few factors that influence the amount of time your car will be in the shop:
Extent of Damage
The amount of damage done to your vehicle will directly influence how long repairs will take. For example, an auto body repair that only affects one panel of the vehicle will take much less time to repair than one that involves multiple. Additionally, if a vehicle sustains damage to multiple different types of body components, such as doors and wheel wells, then repair will take more time.
While all collisions are stressful, they cause different types of damage. Each of these types of damage requires unique attention; for instance, suspension work takes a considerable amount longer than a simple dent removal. Also, if a vehicle has suffered damage to more than one of the driving systems, then you can expect a longer wait.
One of the most common reasons a vehicle repair takes longer than expected is part availability. When your car is involved in an accident, there is a good possibility you will need to replace a few key components. If a part is hard to locate or is on back-order from the manufacturer, then your repairs will take longer than initially anticipated.
Greulich's Automotive Service Centers are AAA-approved and can provide you with complete automotive maintenance at one of our 13 locations. Call us at (480) 483-8186, or visit us online for additional information.