Factory Certified 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 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!

Precision Body & Paint is the only Audi-Certified auto body repair shop in Oregon!