Factory Certified Collision Center vs. Insurance Based
There are still very few state or federal regulations governing the way body shops repair cars. This is the reason you’ll discover they fall into one of two categories: Factory certified body shops, like Precision Body & Paint, and insurance-based “DRP” shops.
Which is Better?
It depends on your perspective – are you an insurance company, an auto manufacturer, or the driver of a collision-damaged vehicle? If you’re an insurance company, you’re footing the bill for the repair, so it makes sense that controlling costs would be of substantial – in some cases primary – concern.
Meanwhile, auto manufacturers and drivers are chiefly concerned with repairing a vehicle to specific quality & safety standards. And while a factory certified repair doesn’t always mean a more expensive repair, sometimes it can: for instance, genuine OEM parts may work more reliably than cheaper after-market parts. A factory-trained welding technician qualified to work with today’s lighter metals may command a higher hourly wage than a traditional auto body repairer.