Sometimes, you won’t notice the problems with your repair until you’ve driven the vehicle for a significant period of time. For example, you may eventually notice uneven wear on your tires. This could mean that your suspension hasn’t been repaired correctly, or may still be damaged, which is potentially a very serious safety concern.
Another example is that over time a mildew smell could develop in your vehicle. This could be a sign that there is a water leak occurring as a result of misalignment or remaining damage. You could also notice that your steering wheel pulls to one side, or that you have dashboard warning indicators. These dashboard warning lights might not be a sign of a new mechanical problem, but could have originated with an improper repair.
If you notice these problems, your body shop will need to address these issues under their warranty. Any legitimate shop will have a warranty period of at least one year or 12,000 miles (Performance Auto Collision guarantees their workmanship and paint with a Lifetime Warranty). One option is to take your car back to that shop and point out the problems you’ve found and ask them to make sure there aren’t additional issues.
However, do you really trust the same shop that performed improper work to evaluate that work? Unfortunately, that shop may continue to try to minimize or even conceal the mistakes that were made. The best course of action is to take your vehicle to a reputable independent body shop who can do an unbiased evaluation of the work that was performed. A factory certified shop will have information and training from the manufacturer, which puts them in the best possible position to evaluate the integrity of your crash management and safety systems.
To speak with a certified appraiser for assistance with an inspection, we recommend PAC Diminished Value (click here to visit their website).