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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts at Superior Auto Body Discuss How Long the Average Collision Repair Will Take

Trusted Saskatoon Auto body Pros at Superior Auto Body in Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and they have been an SGI ACCREDITED Saskatoon Auto body shop since SGI started the program in 1982. There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients. In their latest article, they discuss how long the average collision repair will take at Superior.

HOW LONG DOES COLLISION REPAIR TAKE?

No two-vehicle collisions in Saskatchewan are the same, which means the repair time will be different for every vehicle that comes into the shop. The average time for collision repair varies based on a number of factors. Below are some guidelines that can help determine how long the repair should take.

GET A REPAIR ESTIMATE FROM YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY

The first step to getting an estimate is to contact SGI by phone or online. You will need your driver’s license, registration, and the same information from the other party you were involved with if there is another party.

When reporting the accident to SGI you can request Superior Auto Body do the original estimate. This accomplishes two things:

  1. The estimate will be done quicker, most likely the same day as you report to SGI.
  2. The estimate will be more accurate so time is saved dealing with SGI to make additions to the estimate if they did it and it needs changes.

EVALUATE YOUR VEHICLE'S DAMAGES

Minor repairs, like replacing a bumper (with parts in stock), typically take a couple of days to complete. If your vehicle requires more intensive bodywork, it will take more time as this includes dissembling the vehicle, replacing or repairing vehicle parts, painting, reassembling and ensuring the vehicle looks just like new when you pick it up.

FACTORS THAT COULD DELAY YOUR AUTO BODY REPAIRS

During the Covid-19 pandemic, when Superior orders parts from the factory, we are not given an exact delivery date for the parts to arrive. As their estimated times are very inconsistent since they also do not know exactly when the part will arrive. A part can arrive in 3 days or it could take 10 or more days, it all depends on the demand and supply for the part at that time.

When your vehicle requires parts that we do not have in stock, we are as transparent with you as possible communicating this information with you. We provide every client with a FREE courtesy car while your vehicle is in the shop, as we understand you should never be without a vehicle of your own for any period of time.

GET COLLISION REPAIR BY SUPERIOR AUTO BODY TODAY!

Instead of wondering how long the collision repair on your vehicle will take, contact your local auto body experts at Superior Auto Body in Saskatoon. They work on all makes and models with a lifetime warranty on all of their work and provide you with a FREE courtesy car while your vehicle is in the shop. 


If you’ve been involved in a collision and are looking to restore your vehicle back to its original form, contact the team at Superior Auto Body Today where they are a Trusted Saskatoon auto body and collision centre.

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SGI Collision Repair Process Explained by Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts at Superior Auto Body

Superior Auto Body Ltd Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and they are an SGI ELITE Autobody shop and have been SGI accredited since 1982. There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. Superior take pride in their workmanship. Superior Auto Body is a Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body & Collision Repair Shop. In their latest tip they explain the SGI Collision Repair Process they follow at Superior Auto Body!


THE SGI COLLISION REPAIR PROCESS

DAMAGE ESTIMATE

After filing your claim, we need to appraise your vehicle to find out how bad the damage is and prepare a damage estimate.

The damage estimate can be completed at either an:

Accredited repair shop (if eligible)

Once the damage estimate is done, you’ll get a printout with the cost of repairs for your vehicle. Your claims adjuster will need to confirm your insurance coverage before you can have the vehicle fixed.

DETERMINING RESPONSIBILITY

We’ll tell you if you’re considered responsible for the collision and then finalize the claim. See Determining responsibility for details.

TOTAL LOSS VEHICLES

If your vehicle can’t be repaired, your adjuster will let you know the process for a total loss vehicle.

HAVE YOUR VEHICLE REPAIRED

Once the damage estimate is done, you’ll get a copy of the estimate outlining the cost of repairs for your vehicle. If you’re responsible for paying your deductible or any other costs, it will be listed on the estimate. You can contact your adjuster with any questions you have about these costs.

Repairs must be finalized within 2 years from the date of the collision. It’s a good idea to complete repairs as soon as possible to avoid any deterioration or further damage to the vehicle. Have damage to headlights, tail lights, tires, wheels, etc., fixed as soon as possible. Also, some types of damage can make your vehicle unsafe or less safe to drive.

See details on Damage repair and parts page.

VEHICLE RENTALS

The cost of a rental vehicle is covered if:

  • You’re not responsible for the collision and you need a replacement vehicle, providing the responsible driver has insurance coverage.
  • You have extra auto insurance coverage. Talk to your insurance broker for the details of your coverage or refer to your policy cover page.

AUTHORIZE PAYMENT

Once your vehicle has been repaired, the team at Superior Auto Body will ask you to sign a Certificate of Repairs form. This form signifies that you’re satisfied with the repairs and authorizes us to pay the body shop.

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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts Preferred Collision Explain The Costs of Respraying

What can you expect when you deal with the professionals at Preferred Collision and Glass Saskatoon? 
You can also expect Seamless quality repairs! A faster turnaround for your vehicle (on average 25% faster!!) & Assistance dealing with insurance! You'll find quality at every price point - from a few hundred dollars to a thousand or more. It's up to you. Preferred Collision and Glass is a Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Expert. 

Preferred Collision Break Down The Costs Of Re-Spraying Your Vehicle

Respraying a vehicle is a time-consuming process, with dozens of hours needed for preparation, painting and follow-up color sanding, making it very difficult for a good-quality paint job to cost less than $10,000. Obviously, there is trade-off, you can have less time spent on the respray, which will mean the process will cost less. However, there will be a noticeable difference in the quality of the finish.                                                                                                                                  

Here we look at the various costs that are involved with any respray


DISASSEMBLY
Before any work can begin, the vehicle needs to be completely disassembled. This can be done by the owner if they wish to save costs. However, we recommend that the shop should do it for continuity and parts-tracking assurance. This process can take 12-20 hours and will cost around $2,500.
 
STRIPPING
The next step is to media-blast or chemically strip the body, which will reveal the full extent of any rust or previous body repairs. This step is where the cost of the project can increase considerably, but it is essential to ensure that a quality job is done. This step will cost around $1,500-$2000. A body respray can be done without media-blasting to save on cost, however, several hours will still be spent sanding down the existing finish.
 
BODY REPAIR
Body Repair is often the biggest variable as every vehicle needs a different amount of work, but it's normally inevitable that it will need to be done to some degree on every project. Sometimes, it can be cheaper and more efficient to do a whole panel replacement than repair the existing damage. It is difficult to estimate the cost of body work before the project has started, but it can range from a few hours of work to hundreds of hours, purely depending on the state of the car once it has been stripped. 
 
PANEL ALIGNMENT
Panel alignment tends to be necessary on older vehicles, as the body panels generally need to be adjusted to achieve more even gaps and ensure the body lines have good alignment. This process could add $2,000 or more to the cost, but it isn’t always necessary on every project.
 
BLOCK SANDING
The smoother and straighter the body is, the better the finished job will look, and this comes down to block sanding. Block sanding is an extremely time-consuming process and it takes hundreds of hours to do a quality job. A reasonable 100 hours of block sanding can add $9,000 to the tally, but this doesn’t include a concours-level finish. It is very important not to skimp at this step as it will massively affect the quality of the paint job.
 
PAINTING
This part of the project actually involves less hours than others. Depending on how many layers are sprayed on, the painting process tends to involve 8-12 hours’ worth of labor, costing around $800-$1,200. However, two or three gallons of paint will be needed, so this part of the project will normally cost between £3,000-$5,000 in total, but can sometimes be more.
 
COLOR SANDING
Similar to block sanding, hundreds of hours can be spent on high levels of color sanding. Color sanding is necessary in order to achieve a greater appearance to the finish. A reasonable 40-50 hours of color sanding can add another $3,500-$4,500 to the final cost of the project, but for an even better finish more hours are needed, which will increase the cost. 
So, if you are needing a re-spray on your vehicle come visit us at Preferred Collision, and we PROMISE to do a quality job for a fair price. 


If you are in a collision, Preferred Collision and Glass will look after all your and your car’s needs, during and after, with our Customer For Life program.

Preferred Collision and Glass is a Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Expert. 


Trusted Saskatoon Collision Repair Pros at Superior Auto Body share information about Polymer Degradation Issues

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients.. and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home. 

Superior Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them! In this latest tip they talk about polymer degradation.  

WHAT ARE POLYMER PARTS?

Polymer Degradation Issues on wing mirror

A polymer is basically a part that is made up of a string of molecular components that are similar; in other words, plastic, rubber, vinyl, and the like.  When we talk about a vehicle, polymer parts are just about anything that isn’t made out of metal. If you take a look at your vehicle, you probably see polymer parts immediately.  Many polymer parts aren’t painted, they’re made out of polymer plastic designed to be that particular colour.  The trim around the doors is often a polymer.  There’s likely polymer in the grill, around the windows, and often much of the trim all the way around the vehicle.

In essence, a large part of your vehicle is made of polymers, and those polymers are subject to degradation over time. Unfortunately, Saskatchewan weather can speed that process up!

WHAT IS POLYMER DEGRADATION?


There are two basic ways that items break down.  Most of us are familiar with biodegrading material.  That is how organic matter decomposes.  Anything from paper to food scraps, to wood that isn’t maintained will biodegrade.  But man-made items like plastic and Styrofoam break down through a process called photodegrading.  That is, when they’re exposed to light, the components start to break apart and deteriorate. Polymers used on vehicles can degrade in a few other ways as well.  Exposure to air pollution, such as car exhaust, can cause them to degrade faster.  The same goes with dirt, road grime, and other pollutants that can get onto the polymers. When they degrade, they don’t rot in the sense that we think about food and other organic matter rotting.  Instead, they become brittle.  They may crack, fade, or chip.  They’re not as flexible as they once were, and they certainly aren’t as strong as before.

That fading is especially seen in black polymers.  They turn grey and often people mistake their degradation for having leftover wax that wasn’t buffed out.  That can be the case, but most often, it’s not wax.

cleaning your car prevents polymer degradationHOW CAN YOU PREVENT POLYMER DEGRADATION?

Here is the good news! If you take care of your vehicle, you can slow the polymer degradation as it comes along.  It’s all about taking great care of your vehicle.

  • Keeping your vehicle clean of dust, dirt, tar, and grime is the first step to making sure the polymer parts don’t fall apart faster than you hope.  We recommend regular washes, and make sure you have your vehicle detailed twice every year (at very least once per year!).
  • In addition to the detailing, you will want to use a product designed to protect polymers.  Don’t grab the cheapest cleaner you can find, those will often speed up the degradation rather than prevent it.

Superior Auto Body are Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body experts!


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Preferred Collision and Glass your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body experts share a tip on What to do when you're involved in a Collision

What can you expect when you deal with the professionals at Preferred Collision and Glass Saskatoon? More than you thought! 

First, expect big cost savings! 

You can also expect Seamless quality repairs! A faster turnaround for your vehicle (on average 25% faster!!) & Assistance dealing with insurance! 

You'll find quality at every price point - from a few hundred dollars to a thousand or more. It's up to you.

Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body experts in collision repair and auto paint!  

Preferred Collision and Glass shares a tip on What to do when you are in a Collision: 

When experiencing a collision, sometimes life can become very stressful and overwhelming when you are least expecting it to. 

 

Sometimes they can occur when driving conditions are poor, such as when the roads are icy when there is black ice present, and when there is a snowstorm, or when it is very windy.

When traffic collisions seem to happen so quickly, it can be hard to recall the details later. 

 

The most important thing to do in the case of a traffic collision is to remain calm, although sometimes this is a task that is easier said than done. If someone is hurt, if you think any other driver may be guilty of a Criminal Code offence, such as drunk driving, or if there is significant property damage, you must always call the police.

In the case of an accident, if no one is hurt please try to move your car to the side of the road where it will not obstruct traffic. If your car is not mobile, simply turn on your hazard lights, or use cones, flares, or warning triangles.

At the time that the collision occurs write down as much information as you can about the accident so that you don’t forget it when you are asked to repeat it later. When filing a claim with your local SGI insurance outlet, you will be asked at that time to recall details about the incident. While speaking with the other driver or drivers, if one or more was involved, write down their contact information, such as name, phone number, and address, as well as their insurance broker if applicable, and if there were any witnesses, write down their information as well. If you can, you may sketch the accident, noting the position and directions of the cars, or use a disposable camera if you have one.

Though it can be difficult and stressful being in a car accident, remember that these accidents can and do happen to anyone. Always be vigilant and watchful of unsafe road conditions, and do not drive if you do not feel comfortable doing so.If you are involved in a collision, please call SGI. Once SGI has done all the preliminary paperwork,we can help you with all your collision repairs and needs. Please call us or simply bring your car down to the shop at 659 51st St E and we’ll handle the concerns of your vehicle. We can’t prevent an accident, but we can make your vehicle look like one never happened.

 

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