Repair Process

Cedar Rapids Body Shop
Learn more about the rigorous repair process every vehicle that rolls through our doors goes through in order to make our customers the most satisfied in the business!

Step 1: Free Estimate

Cedar Rapids Body Shop Free Estimate
In the Estimate Process area the vehicle is inspected and relevant data is entered into estimate computer systems. This data is compiled into an estimate that determines the cost of repairs. However, often there is hidden damage that cannot be seen until after the vehicle is dis-assembled.

Step 2: Auto Insurance

Vehicle Accident Insurance Quote
Once the estimate is completed, the insurance company will review the estimate. There may be some negotiations on the price an procedures required to repair the vehicles. The insurance company will determine if the vehicle is even repairable. Once this process is completed the vehicle begins the repair process.

Step 3: Vehicle Dis-assembly

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Hidden damage is often found and inner structure repairs are determined during dis-assembly. Many times this will require scheduling insurance re-inspection and ordering additional parts.

Step 4: Order Auto Parts

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The required parts for your vehicle are ordered and availability is checked. If a part needs to be special ordered, the order will be placed as soon as possible. Although many parts may arrive very quickly, the repair process cannot begin until all the structural parts are received.

Step 5: Vehicle Structure Repair

Vehicle Structural Repair
In the Structure Repair area, the unitized body is returned back to the factory specification. A sophisticated measuring system is used to monitor all phases in this area. A computer based measurement system is used to analyze the frame of your vehicle. This system assures an accurate repair.

Step 6: Auto Body Repair

Auto Body Collision Repair
The Body Repair Department replaces exterior panels and all metal finishing that may be required. The vehicle begins to come back to life as sheet metal is installed and aligned. From here the vehicle will go to the paint preparations department.

Step 7: Vehicle Paint

Auto Body Paint Repair
Paint Preparation is a critical step in the refinishing process of every vehicle. All panels are prepared for paint, then primed and sealed to assure good adhesion when the final top color and clear coats of paint are applied.

Step 8: Vehicle Reassembly

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Final moldings and detail pieces are put back on the vehicle in the reassembly area. All the vehicle’s systems are checked during this process. The vehicle is almost complete and ready for delivery when it is in this stage.

Step 9: Vehicle Detailing

Cedar Rapids Auto Vehicle Detail
During the repair process the vehicle accumulates dust from the repairs. It will be cleaned. It will also be road tested to ensure everything is working properly. A final inspection will assure that the vehicle is restored to its pre-accident condition.

Step 10: Collision Repair Process Complete

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Delivery is the last step in the repair process. When the customer arrives to pick up the vehicle, the bill is explained and the final paper work is completed. The customer drives away in the vehicle that has been restored to its pre-accident condition.