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 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.
More About Factory Certified
You’ll find that factory certified shops are not as common as insurance-based or DRP shops. That’s because becoming factory certified is not easy. First, the body shop must get a local auto dealership to sponsor them to become factory certified. Next, the shop must complete extensive specialized training and purchase special equipment. Even the waiting & restroom facilities must be up to par with factory guidelines! The certification process can take over a year … that’s for a single factory certification. Now consider the fact Precision Body & Paint has 30 factory certifications, and counting!