How Long Will It Take to Repair My Car?
February 26, 2018
Collisions happen everyday, and getting into one yourself is scary. It’s also incredibly stressful and frustrating, because you’re now without a vehicle with no idea who to talk to, where to go for repairs, or how long it’s going to take to get your car back.
As much as we’d love to give you an exact number of days for your repairs, we want to be honest and fair with you: there is no exact formula to figure it out. There are a lot of factors that will contribute to your collision repair time.
1. What’s the Damage?
This is the biggest indicator of how long your car is going to be staying with us: how much damage did it sustain?
Certain repairs take certain amounts of time. If it’s anything more than a minor bumper repair or surface scratches, chances are we’ll have your vehicle for at least a few days.
Collision repair time is a variable we can’t predict until we have an up close and professional inspection of the damage. With our online quote form, you can send us pictures of your car and details of the damage that will enable us to give you a better time and price estimate.
2. What Kind of Car Do You Have?
Another factor that affects collision repair time that most people don’t consider is the type of car you have. If you have your run of the mill Nissan or Honda, it won’t be difficult to get replacement parts. In fact, we have an on-site parts inventory and some select used parts to decrease your wait time.
But if you have a higher end, less popular, out of production, or older vehicle, it becomes a little harder, especially if you want factory-original parts (parts made specifically for that car). This will impact your collision repair time. If you have questions about the replacement parts needed, what we have available, and what your options are, we’ll be happy to answer them.
3. What Are the Capabilities of the Auto Body Shop?
Repairs are made by skilled auto body professionals, but they each only have two hands. In some cases, a small auto body shop won’t have as many people, or as a quick a turnaround time for your collision repair.
At Bemac, we have one of the largest state-of-the-art collision centres in Eastern Ontario, with superior equipment and a superior team. We’re also approved by all Canadian insurance companies.
We have a 24-point collision repair process that gets your car back to you as soon as possible. Learn more >
4. Where Are You in the Insurance Claims Process?
Speaking of insurance companies: one of the biggest delays a collision repair will experience is the failure to get the paperwork completed in a timely manner. Without the nod of approval from the insurance company, repairs can’t be started. Bemac can help you file your claim when you come to us to get appraised.
What Other Factors Could Add to My Collision Repair Time?
Other factors that could causes delays to your repairs include:
- Late shipment of parts
- The number of collision customers
- Unexpected additional repairs
Unfortunately, delays can happen. We do our best to give you the fairest estimates for your collision, and get your car back to you as quickly as possible so you don’t experience unnecessary delays or inconvenience.
What Am I Going to Do While My Car’s in the Shop?
While we fix your car, you’re going to need a way to get around.
Many insurance policies will have some sort of rental coverage in the case of a collision which would allow you to have a vehicle. But there are limits to those, and if your collision repair time estimate is longer than your rental coverage, you’re right back to where you started.
We Have Several Options for You
At Bemac, we’re proud to offer the following services:
- A customer lounge for quick fixes
- In-house rental services through Enterprise Rent-a-Car
- Courtesy vehicles, available on a first-come, first-serve basis
- A shuttle service you can schedule if you’re unable to wait on-site
Our High-Quality Collision Services Will Take Care of Your Car
While we can’t give you an exact collision repair time, we can give you high-quality professional service backed with a lifetime guarantee. Ask us for a free online quote, and we’ll have you back in your own car as soon as possible.
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