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The "Language" of Collision Repair

Just like any other industry, the auto body repair industry has its own language! Plenty of drivers do not understand the words used by their auto body repair shop while they are going through the repair process. With that in mind, here is a list of some of the most common terms heard in an auto body repair shop to give you a little more understanding when you find your vehicle in need of collision repair. 

Aftermarket Parts

One of the most common terms you hear in an auto body repair shop is aftermarket parts. This refers to any auto part which was not manufactured by the original manufacturer of your vehicle. The price and quality of aftermarket parts can vary a tremendous amount, and they are not always the best...

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4 Things You Might Not Know About Paintless Dent Repair

Despite its growing popularity, many car owners are still not aware of paintless dent repair. This cutting-edge repair technique can often be a more efficient and more cost-effective way to take care of auto body repairs, so it is well worth having at least some basic knowledge. That’s why we have rounded up a few facts you may not know about paintless dent repair. 

1 – It is More Cost-Effective Than Traditional Dent Repairs

Repairing dents can get expensive. However, PDR is a very affordable option which is one of the reasons why it is becoming so popular. One of the most significant expenses when repairing may be a much more cost-effective option. 

2 – It is Not Just for Minor...
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Extending the Life of Your New Windshield Replacement

A damaged windshield is something that needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible. Even minor cracks can become significant problems if they are not repaired quickly. If you find yourself in need of a windshield replacement, or if you have already had one, there are a few steps you can take to ensure it is a long time before you need another one! 

Here are our top three tips on what to do after a windshield replacement. 

Check the Windshield Repair Thoroughly

Some people may feel a little awkward about checking the work that has been done to your vehicle. However, no professional windshield replacement specialist will be offended by this. In fact, they should be happy to walk you through the repair...

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Important Factors When Comparing Collision Repair Estimates

Here at Gerber Collision & Glass, we offer you an online or in person estimate for your auto collision repairs that we believe is fair and accurate. However, we know you may want to check out some of our competitors when getting an estimate. 

The important thing to remember is that price is not the only consideration when comparing auto collision repair estimates. There are many body shops who may undercut an estimate you already have, but just because the price is lower, it doesn’t mean they are going to offer the same quality of repair. 

Let’s take a look at some of the most important factors, aside from the price, to consider when comparing auto collision estimates from multiple body shops. 

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Do You Need a Windshield Replacement or a Repair?

A crack or chip in the windshield of your automobile may not be as bad as you first think. It may not be necessary to completely replace the entire windshield when it is chipped, cracked or otherwise damaged. In many cases, auto glass repair can have your windshield looking as good as new. The cost of repairing a damaged windshield is usually far less than a complete replacement. So, how do you know whether or not you need a replacement or just a repair?

Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can tell if auto glass repair is an option, or if you need to replace the windshield entirely.

 

1 – Evaluated the Size of the Damaged Area

When it comes...

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