There are still very few state or federal regulations governing the way body shops repair cars.
There are two categories: Factory certified body shops, like Precision Body & Paint, and insurance-based Direct Repair Program (DRP) shops.
It depends on your perspective – are you an insurance company, an auto manufacturer, or the owner 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 vehicle owners are more 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.