Your luxury vehicle was likely purchased with a great deal of research and care invested into the selection process. If you’ve sustained body damage, shouldn’t you take it to a place that will invest equal care to restore it back to its original condition, both in appearance and safety? We think so. That’s why it’s important to find a body shop that’s I-CAR Certified Gold Class, a designation only about 10% of body shops around the country can claim.
What Earns Gold Class?
The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, I-CAR, is an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing up-to-date training on repairing even the most cutting-edge vehicles. I-CAR is also the widely recognized accreditor of body shops throughout the nation. Earning Gold Class speaks to not only the quality of the cosmetic repair, but also the structural integrity and safety of your repaired vehicle as well as the customer service experience.
As such, a certification like this must be earned, not bought. In order for a shop to not only achieve but maintain the Gold Class certification, every employee directly involved in vehicle repair must achieve Platinum status through I-CAR training. In order to keep that status, ongoing training and education is required annually.
All mechanics are not the same. I-CAR provides highly trained technicians with specialties such as estimators, structural technicians, non-structural technicians and refinishers. The annual training required means the technicians working on your vehicle are guaranteed to have skills necessary to work on the latest models with new, ever-changing technology.
If you compare your lightweight, sleek and fuel-efficient ride to the heavy, clunky gas-guzzling vehicles of the past, you may wonder how the internal structure has changed so much in the last few decades to render vehicles not only lighter but also safer. In a word, aluminum. This massive game-changer in the auto industry has also upended auto repair.
Unlike steel, aluminum doesn’t have “memory.” A dented aluminum panel will not remember its previous shape. It also undergoes something called work hardening. That is, strengthening through shaping. So when aluminum gets damaged, it also gets stronger. This can make it more resistant to repair. Aluminum also reacts and requires heat in a different way than repairing steel ever did. Your technician must understand how much heat to use, depending on the alloys involved, to make the vehicle repair strong and safe without becoming weak or brittle.
At European Collision Repair, we take the appearance and structural integrity of your vehicle very seriously. We are proud to employ Platinum Level I-CAR technicians and bear the Gold Class seal. Our technicians are trained specifically to work on the metal components that make up your luxury vehicle. This means you can trust us to restore your vehicle to its former, pre-damaged glory and safety. Call to schedule an appointment or use our online or phone feature to start your free estimate now.