// October 27, 2023

Why You Should Do a Repair Inspection When Picking Your Car Up

The moment has finally arrived – your car is ready for pickup after undergoing much-needed repairs. The feeling of relief and anticipation washes over you as you see your vehicle restored to its former glory. However, before you drive off with a sense of newfound confidence, there’s a crucial step you should never overlook: the post-repair inspection.

The Hidden Problems

The immediate satisfaction of having your car back in your possession can lead to complacency. After all, it’s only natural to feel that if the repair shop has returned your vehicle, it must be in perfect working order. However, this is not always the case.

Some repair shops, like any service industry, can encounter challenges that impact the thoroughness of their work. It’s important to acknowledge that these issues, while not universal, are possibilities that reinforce the need for a post-repair inspection.

Parts Quality: Depending on the repair shop’s sources for replacement parts, the quality of these components can vary. In some cases, subpar or non-genuine parts may be used to cut costs. This can lead to performance issues, which may not be immediately noticeable.

Misdiagnosis: In the rush to identify and address the problem, there is the potential for a misdiagnosis, which can result in repairs that don’t entirely resolve the underlying issue. For instance, thinking a transmission issue is an engine problem can lead to misdirected repairs.

Incomplete Repairs: In complex repairs, it’s possible for some elements to be left incomplete inadvertently. For example, after a collision repair, important safety features like airbags or sensors may not be properly calibrated or reconnected.

Secondary Damage: Repairs can sometimes reveal additional damage that was not initially visible or anticipated. If not identified and communicated effectively, this secondary damage might be left unaddressed.

Post-Repair Inspections

By accepting your car without conducting an inspection, you risk driving away with hidden problems that could jeopardise your safety and the long-term health of your vehicle.

To further assist you in your post-repair inspection, here is a checklist of key areas to pay attention to:

  • Exterior appearance (paint, bodywork)
  • Exterior lights (headlights, taillights, turn signals, brake lights)
  • Body alignment (doors, hoods, trunks)
  • Engine bay (engine components, hoses, connectors)
  • Handling and drive quality (test drive if possible)
  • Safety features (airbags, seatbelts)
  • Dashboard warning lights

Common signs of subpar repairs include:

  • Paint mismatches or overspray on adjacent panels.
  • Uneven panel gaps and poor body alignment.
  • Unusual noises, vibrations, or handling issues.
  • Warning lights on the dashboard that persist after repair.
  • Loose or disconnected components under the hood.

If you notice any of the aforementioned red flags or encounter problems during your inspection, don’t hesitate to bring them to the attention of the repair shop immediately. Resolving these issues on-site ensures that your car leaves the shop in the best possible condition, avoiding potential safety hazards and the inconvenience of returning for further repairs later.

Your Assurance of Quality Repairs and Safety

By conducting a thorough examination of your vehicle before you drive off from the repair shop, you take an active role in ensuring that the work performed lives up to your expectations and the safety standards you deserve.

If you’re looking for a repair shop that consistently delivers on the promise of quality and professionalism, look no further than Kate Presnell Bodyworks. At Kate Presnell Bodyworks, quality is not just a buzzword; it’s our way of doing business. Our expert technicians take pride in their work, and our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped to handle any repair challenge, ensuring that your car is returned to you in optimal condition. We understand that safety and reliability are paramount, and we go above and beyond to meet those expectations.

Contact us today for a free estimate and trust Kate Presnell Bodyworks with your vehicle’s repairs.