Collision Repair Terms Everyone Should Know
Collision Repair Terms:
Appraisal – A written estimate that tells how much a vehicle is worth. A damage appraisal is completed by a body shop/insurance adjuster. It also provides a baseline of what repair work needs to be done.
After Market Parts – Also know as imitation, copy, and non-OEM parts, these collision repair terms all represent one thing: new parts for your vehicle that were made by someone other than your car’s manufacturer. These parts are usually much cheaper but don’t always fit or perform the like original manufacturer parts.
Blue Book – Also know as the Kelly blue book, this is used to determine the standard value of a vehicle.
Casualty – Loss or liability that happens as a result of a crash.
Deductible – The amount of money that you (the owner of the vehicle) has to pay before the insurance company begins covering repair costs.
Remove and Install (R&I) – The practice of removing a part during collision repair, but then reinstalling it later on. This is common, especially when a vehicle is being painted.
Remove and Replace (R&R) – The collision repair terms R&I and R&R are often confused. With R&R the parts that are removed are often damaged, so they are not reinstalled. Instead, they are replaced with new parts.
Repair Authorization – Permission that is given by the owner of an automobile when it is time for repairs to be made.
Repair Order – Used by an auto body shop, this document tracks a few things. The most common being what repairs have taken place, the parts used, materials used, and how much time it took.
VIN – An acronym for the repair term, vehicle identification number, A VIN is the unique number that identifies a vehicle. Repair shops use it to find out important information like what parts will fit a particular car or truck.
At Orlando Auto Body, professionals are always available to help you understand the repair process whether you know repair terms or not. If you’ve been in a collision, call us today at (480) 844-4858. We will do our very best to make your collision repair as painless as possible.