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Old 06-22-2010, 09:51 AM
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What to look for in a body shop.

I wrecked the mazda last Wednesday, wondering what I should be looking for and signs that I should run or look deeper into the shop. My car needs a new front clip and needs the paint matched.

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HI,can you find a complete front clip in the bone yard?if not,go to a yard with a computer search,have them find you a complete clip,get your paint code,MOST times they can get the clip in the same color you need. take your time,change it yourself. using youre camera,take photos of disassembly,so you know how it goes back together,zip lock bag all nuts and bolts,magic marker where those items go on the clip.have fun... GET a couple of buddies to help,YOU buy the beer and BBQ ,,,,, AFTER the jobs done..
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To be honest I asked the adjuster who he would suggest. They did an ok job.
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Originally Posted by silentpoet
To be honest I asked the adjuster who he would suggest. They did an ok job.
The problem with that is the insurance companies are set up with Direct Repair shops. The insurance companies send them work and the shops WILL have to cut corners to repair it for what the insurance companies pay. ANY well established shop in your town should be good. ALL you have to do is look at the stuff in there shop. If there are cars with tons of dust in them with stuff sitting on them then they have been in there a while. Look how they handle cars with out glass. Is there dust all over the inside. Just determine if that is how you want YOUR car treated. Get references and call them and ask how they were treated, if any problems with the work, ect....
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Martinsr. has a good page on this, he does that type of work. give it a search or give it a minute, he'll come by soon.
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Look for grey hair around the temples ,,
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