The Process to Become Dealer Authorized for Auto Collision Repair
Most auto dealers rely on auto collision repair shops to sublet their repair work vs. investing in an in-house collision repair program. Many require that the collision repair center become dealer certified, offering robust programs to ensure shops are following dealer approved techniques. This is especially common for auto manufacturers that have components made out of aluminum, as aluminum auto repairs require a multitude of specific tools, and a robust clean room set-up. By using dealer determined repair regimens, they can assure that vehicles are being repaired to their standards.
At Colorado Coach, we have invested a large amount of time, money and resources into becoming collision certified by many popular auto manufacturers. The top brands that we’re certified by include Audi, BMW, Aston Martin, Subaru, and Volkswagen. Read on to learn about the tools, techniques, and systems we use to maintain these certifications, adding major benefits to our customers.
Extensive Shop and Technician Training
When applying for a manufacturer certification program, your auto repair facility goes through a series of extensive training modules. Typically, one or two technicians hold the specific brand certifications for welding, aluminum auto repair, and more. After they spend time going through the extensive manufacturer training program, for example Audi’s aluminum welding certification process, the technician/s are tested in the facility. Once passed, they have checked one of the boxes for becoming certified – as their technician/s are now certified in the proper techniques of aluminum structural and body techniques.
For general certifications, most dealers require that your auto repair facility have a trained estimator on-site during business hours, state-level-certified and trained collision and paint technicians, a vehicle wash area, secure vehicle waiting areas after intake, and more. At Colorado Coach Auto Body, we go above and beyond, investing in various tools and training to ensure we meet the guidelines for all popular vehicle manufacturers.
Investing in the Appropriate Tools and Standards
In order to become Audi Aluminum certified, you must invest in multiple tools and practices to ensure a safe, secure auto repair. At Colorado Coach Auto Body, we uphold these standards. We are the only auto collision repair center in Boulder, Colorado that has an Audi approved aluminum repair clean room. We also keep updated systems and tools that we use to ensure we keep our manufacturer and aluminum repair certifications. Alongside utilizing multiple BMW, Audi, Aston Martin, Subaru, Volkswagen and more manufacturer specified tools, we’ve also invested in these machines and systems below.
- VAS Certified Car-O-Liner Welding Machine
- VAS Certified Tecna Resistance Welder and Tool Balancers
- Celette Frame Bench
- Chief Impulse Frame Bench and Measuring System
- Carbon Miracle Panel Repair System
- Temperature Controlled Down Draft Spray Booth
Using Dealer Approved Genuine OEM Parts
All of our repairs at Colorado Coach Auto Body come with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) car parts only. Many repair facilities use aftermarket parts in their auto repair process to save them money. Aftermarket parts are cheaper, but the quality of the part varies a lot, and can void your vehicle warranty. OEM parts are made and approved by the vehicles manufacturer. These parts are of the exact same quality, comes with specific manufacturer warranties, and is designed to fit perfectly. Although we do have to order these parts directly from the manufacturer, which can mean longer repair times, the quality of the repair is higher, leaving you with a completely save vehicle.
Although the process is timely, and requires a hefty investment, at Colorado Coach Auto Body we believe in repairing vehicles to the exact pre-accident condition. Partnering with a collision repair facility that maintains auto manufacturer certifications is essential in assuring a quality repair process that you can trust.