Why OEM Certifications?

OEM certifications are important because cars and their technology are continually changing and a certified body shop has to have continual training to keep up with changes. Manufacturers design cars to keep occupants safe from harm in the event of collision through sophisticated technology and vehicle construction. Trucks and cars are created to collapse on impact and deflect the energy around the what is considered the “occupant cage” (The cabin where people sit) Manufacturers are using higher strength steels as each year passes, as well as increased aluminum. Aluminum is used either for the whole car or for some panels in order to “lighten” vehicles for better fuel economy. The most important aspect of these changes is to continue to focus on a safe and proper repair of the vehicle for the customer and his family. Working to keep the crash ratings the manufacture designed into the car. New technologies allow for things like: “lane keep assist”, partial braking when an impact may be coming, blind spot monitors, etc. These new technological advances are known as “ADAS” Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.

Updated vehicle changes require special attention to manufacturer recommendations on repair methods. These include:

  • Specialized knowledge of the type of metal the car is made of
  • Which metals can be straightened and repaired
  • Which cannot and which require “replace only” if damaged
  • research “one time use” parts per the OEM

Certified Collision Centers train their staff to:

  • Research the latest repair methods and follow them
  •  Receive an annual audit to verify proper practices are in place
  • Certified shops cannot always be certified in every make. However, their specialized training influences their knowledge on all car repairs.
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Why Us

You will often hear me say “Ask around, ask your friends, ask your neighbor, ask your mechanic, where is the best place to get your car repaired? The reputation of any business is important. For Tony’s Body Shop, a family owned and operated business, it is super important to us to take care of the customer. We do not sell cars, we only do collision repair. Having the customer come back and tell others about us, is super important. We honestly try our best to do a quality repair and stand behind our repair work. Some insurance companies may try to guide or possibly steer you to one of their discount shops by telling you they will only warranty the work if you go to one of their shops, this is not true! It is the shop that repairs your car that warranty’s the work, regardless of being a preferred shop or not. Father Tony Flores who originally started Tony’s Body Shop was once told by a man from Argentina: “Do the best job you can for the car you are repairing now, and don’t worry about when the next job is coming”. Very “old school” thinking………. But so true……… So don’t forget to “Ask Around” ….. and remember “you have the right to choose who repairs your car”, don’t be misled….or “steered” to go elsewhere….
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