STEP 1 - The repair process begins even before you leave your car with us. Highway 18 enjoys favorable relationships with all insurance companies and are direct repair facilities for many companies, meaning we will assist the insurance companies in writing the estimate, handling your claim, and negotiating with the insurance provider to ensure your vehicle is repaired properly and using the best parts available. If your vehicle is drivable, Highway 18 will preorder your parts to cut down on the time your car is in the repair shop. If you decide not to file with an insurance company, the process would be the same. When it is time to drop off your car, one of our service professionals will arrange for a rental car to be waiting for you, or you can take advantage of our valet service.
STEP 2 - Once you drop off your car, the repair of your vehicle starts in the body shop portion of the facility. As repairs begin to take place, the body parts that need to be replaced are painted in our cut-in area. This is where the backside of panels or parts that cannot be accessed once they are on the car are painted. Any part of the car that needs to be repaired also takes place at this time by our I-CAR Gold Class technicians. All technicians receive training from I-CAR, the recognized standard for collision repair training.
STEP 3 - When vehicle structure or frame damage is present, the vehicle is precisely measured and brought back to original manufacturers specs with the use of a Fast Rack Grand Prix measuring and straightening system. Manufacture specifications require all vehicles to be repaired within 3 millimeters of the manufacture. Our system allows for up to 1 millimeter of tolerance. Now that auto repairs have been made in the body shop, it is time to move to the paint shop.
STEP 4 - Once again I-CAR trained paint technicians apply their skill to your vehicle. We use only the highest quality materials and paint provided by NAPA's Martin Senour painting systems. Our Martin Senour system is complete with a computerized paint mixing system that customizes each color based on a paint code direct from the manufacturer. This insures a color match and quality equal only to the manufacture. All painting is done in our state of the art down draft paint booths. When the painting process is complete, the car is buffed and then goes back the body shop for reassembly.
STEP 5 - Now that your car is completely reassembled, it goes to the mechanical area of our shop, if needed. We have full-time I-Car trained and ASE certified mechanics should you car need an alignment, an air bag replacement, or any suspension repair. After mechanical repairs are completed, your car goes into our detail department.
STEP 6 - Here your car is vacuumed, washed, and detailed then moves up for its final inspection. All aspects of the repair are checked and tested to insure they are all functioning properly. Now that all repairs are complete to our satisfaction, it is time for you to get your car back.
STEP 7 - You can now leave
the rental car with us and be on your way with a Limited Lifetime
Warranty and the peace of mind that your vehicle is just like new.
Thanks for taking the Highway 18 Cyber-Tour. If we can ever answer
questions, or be of help fixing your car, please contact one of our
staff and remember:
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