What is a Post Repair Inspection and Why it is Necessary?

Vehicles which have been in accidents should have a Post Repair inspection to insure that the repairs were done correctly. This evaluation is performed by a qualified third-party who is tasked with examining the repairs to ensure that the proper parts were used and the proper procedures were followed. During a post repair inspection the vehicle is assessed to ensure that no safety problems exist.

Post Repair Inspections are an important component in vehicle safety. They add a second layer of protection to vehicle repairs which can save time, money and human life.

As more and more insurance companies engage in Direct Repair Programs, auto body repair shops are evaluated on how quickly and inexpensively repairs can be made. Rushing through a repair or using aftermarket parts on repairs can jeopardize a vehicle’s performance and the safety of drivers and passengers.

Industry statistics have reported that over sixty percent (60%) of vehicles that were repaired have been found to have inadequate repairs that could affect the value, operation and/or safety of the vehicle and its occupants. Would it be wise to assume that the repair facility and/or the insurance company beat the odds on your vehicle’s repair? Do not gamble with the safety of you and your family, know if your vehicle has remaining damage and/or was properly and thoroughly repaired.

Barry’s Auto Body provides FREE Post Repair Inspections. As a collision repair facility with certifications, recognition, and factory training from over 18 manufacturers such as Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, and Nissan, we have the expertise to ensure your vehicle was repaired correctly.

Step by Step Guide to Free Post Repair Inspections:

1) Vehicle is evaluated to determine whether a post repair inspection is needed.

2) Obtain a copy of insurance estimate and/or collision shop estimate to compare estimate with actual work performed.

3) Visually check all the repair gaps to see if the car lines up.

4) Check all paint surfaces using a paint thickness meter to ensure an even finish and to mark any problem areas for correction later.

5) Pull back any rugs and unclip panels to inspect for hidden incorrect repairs. Elements such as covered over unrepaired structural panels, open welds which were not properly protected against corrosion, bare metal, missing spot welds, misaligned structural panels and damaged parts that should have been changed are often hidden by rugs and panels. These repair shortcuts can cause vehicle breakdown and jeopardize driver safety.

6) If the initial inspection uncovers cause for concern, we recommend that the customer allow us to do a full post repair inspection.

7) Not every car will require a full post repair inspection, but when one is necessary, we contact the insurance company and provide them the necessary information in order to have them pay for the work that needs to be done in order for the vehicle to be properly repaired.

8) There is no cost to the customer for post repair inspection or repairs resulting from the inspection. The cost of those repairs are borne by the insurance company who has a contractual obligation with the insured to pay for vehicle repairs that are a result of a car accident.