7 Auto Body Repair Industry Changes That Affect You

Auto body repair industry changes are coming to a theater near you. As vehicle owners and drivers, we need to be more aware of what’s coming. When choosing an auto body repair business nearby to fix our vehicle after a collision, that collision center must be at the top of its game. Alan’s Collision Center is. The business has been around since 1975 and consistently invests in its training, certifications and equipment to repair your vehicle safely to pre-accident condition.

In spite of all that, market conditions are changing the way the auto body repair industry functions. There are so many moving parts heading toward a collision course, and it’s important for you to understand them. You may find yourself seeking a collision center like Alan’s Collision sooner or later. Be prepared with how to choose auto body repair services before you need them!

Here are some ways the auto body repair industry is changing. Maybe you’ve already experienced some of what we’re sharing here. Let us know in comments what you’ve seen in the last year or so.

7 Ways the Auto Body Repair Industry Is Changing

1. Allstate Insurance has eliminated some 700 auto body claims adjusters. This report says 500 were cut, but an Allstate claims adjuster we know said it’s more like 700. These peoples’ jobs were cut so Allstate could save millions of dollars in wages, insurance, fleet expenses, and manpower. What that does for people who insure their vehicles with Allstate is a whole lot of headache.  Allstate is going the way of photo appraisals. You send in your photos of your collision damage via an Allstate app. The QuickFoto photo appraisal department at Allstate estimates the collision repair and prepares a calculation. A body shop gets the job. After that, the body shop submits 1-3 supplements because:

  • No one is a photographer except a photographer.
  • The estimator sitting behind a desk hasn’t seen the car.
  • The estimator is guessing about the level of repairs needed.
  • The ehicle owner can only hope this process is efficient and accurate.
  • A photograph does not inform the repairer about damages inside a vehicle.

2. The smart car is making trouble for auto body repair. If your car is a 2016 and newer vehicle, no doubt it has brand new sensors all over it. If you drive a Mercedes-Benz, BMW or other luxury vehicle, you already have some 30 sensors all over your car for collision avoidance, backing up, side-view vision, and so much more. Is your collision center equipped with the technology to ensure each sensor works after a collision?

3.Vehicle scanning is the way of the future, but who’s paying for it? NOT the insurance companies. In fact, insurance companies don’t want to pay for a scan of your vehicle after a repair. A really good auto body repair business, like Alan’s Collision Center, wants to do a pre-scan and a post-scan. When your vehicle comes into Alan’s Collision for repair after an accident, the pre-scan shows the areas to the vehicle with the most damage. Once the car is repaired to pre-collision condition, the post-scan will show whether each of these sensors are still working. Insurance companies are screaming from the rooftops because they don’t want to pay for scans. That puts you, the vehicle owner, smack in the middle of the fight between the auto body repair industry and the auto insurance corporations.

4. The mom and pop auto body repair businesses are getting squeezed. The cost to employ a qualified repair technician is rising. Just like any laborer, the cost of living and investments in training are rising exponentially. There is more fighting among auto body repair businesses for good techs and most likely there is a shortage. Alan’s Collision Center has a solid tech team on board. For an average of 30 years+ the tech team has worked with the business since 1975. Do a good look around at your choice for auto body repair. Be sure you choose one like Alan’s Collision that invests in its employees.

5. I-CAR Gold is the auto body repair industry certification standard. Many OEMS, the original auto manufacturers or the original equipment manufacturers, are seeking auto body repair businesses with this I-CAR Gold classification. Alan’s Collision has had this classification for many years. It invests in the appropriate certifications for each OEM as well as I-CAR. The technical team needs annual I-CAR training, and Alan’s Collision Center send its techs annually to Texas for training.

6. Auto insurance premiums are on the rise…by a lot. Who’s to blame for this problem? Look at #9. The OEMs are building smart cars with sensor overload. Look at #8. To fix damaged autos, the auto body repair industry is heading toward digital scanning of sensors, and collision centers want insurance to pay. #Look at #9 and #8 — the cost of doing business is rising exponentially without additional revenue coming into the businesses serving the auto body repair industry. It’s a cyclone stirring up the industry with everyone pointing fingers at the other.

7. Consumers are liable for more repair dollars. If the auto body repair shop is demanding a scan, and the insurance company says no way, then who has to pay out of pocket? YOU. Alan’s Collision Center fights for the consumer every step of the way. Please know, our business repairs every vehicle to pre-accident condition to ensure you drive away safely after a repair.

When anyone gets into a collision, no one is thinking about where they should repair their vehicle. That’s why we encourage you to select one now. Learn about the auto body repair business near you and even stop in and say hello. You’ll get a sense right away whether that manager and that business is qualified to repair your vehicle one day in the future. Choose Alan’s Collsion Center. Since 1975 it has not allowed auto body repair industry changes to upset its apple cart.