19 Chipman Drive, Kentville, NS B4N 3V7  Phone 902-678-1600  Fax 902-678-1108  Cell 902‑680‑5024

Repairs from Estimate to Pre-Accident Restoration in Kentville, NS

From providing you with a free estimate to returning your car to you in pre-accident condition, North’s Autobody Collision Centre will gladly guide you through each step of the repair process. You can learn more about what happens during repairs below, or contact us now to get started.

Step 1: Estimate

In the Estimate Process area, the vehicle is inspected and relevant data is entered into the estimate computer systems. This data is compiled into an estimate that determines the cost of repairs. However, there is often hidden damage that can’t be seen until the vehicle is disassembled.

Step 2: Insurance Approval

Once the estimate is completed, your insurance company will review it. There may be some negotiations on the price and procedures required to repair the vehicle. The insurance company will also determine if the vehicle is even repairable at all. Once this process is completed, the vehicle begins the actual repair process.

Step 3: Disassembly

In this stage, hidden damage is often found and inner structure repairs are determined. Many times this means scheduling insurance re-inspection and ordering additional parts.

Step 4: Ordering Parts

The parts necessary for repairs are ordered, and their 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 can’t begin until the shop receives all the structural parts.

Step 5: Structure Repair

In the Structure Repair area, the unitized body is returned back to factory specifications. 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, and this system ensures we make an accurate repair.

Step 6: Body 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: Paint

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

Step 8: Reassembly

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 arrives at this stage.

Step 9: Detailing

During the repair process the vehicle accumulates dust from the repairs. At this stage the vehicle will be cleaned, and it will also be road tested to ensure that everything is working properly. A final inspection will assure that the vehicle is restored to its pre-accident condition.

Step 10: Completed

Delivery is the last step of 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 a vehicle that has been restored to its pre-accident condition.

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