Tip #1 – Go to www.audiusa.com/help/collision-repair and search their list of authorized collision repair facilities.
For instance, I live in Boulder, Colorado and Colorado Coach Auto Body was listed as an Audi certified auto body ship in my area. This means they are an authorized collision repair facility and that the technicians have undergone extensive training and use Audi Genuine Parts, which offer both the utmost quality and the backing of a factory warranty.
Tip #2 – Contact the local Audi dealerships in your area to find which collision centers they prefer to use.
Upon contacting the Audi Boulder dealership, when asked who they recommended for Audi auto body repair, they referred me to Colorado Coach Auto Body. Audi Boulder uses them as well.
Tip #3 – Review your insurance companies website for their select service repair facilities.
Once you get a name of a recommended auto body shop, go to your insurance company’s website and look through their selected service repair facility list for who they work with. Don’t call and ask for the list, they won’t often tell you who specializes in your type of car. Once again, I found Colorado Coach Auto Body on their list. It was on page four, but I was thrilled to find that it happen to be the Audi authorized collision repair facility I was looking for.
Tip #4 – Contact the collision repair facility and ask if they are an I-CAR certified shop.
I-CAR is an organization dedicated to providing the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs. They are the industry standard for collision repair training. So when you ask your shop if they are an I-CAR shop, this means that their repair technicians have gone through the most up-to-date training on the latest technologies of collision repair and stay proficient in todays fast-changing collision repair techniques. When asked about their I-CAR status, Colorado Coach Auto Body holds a I-CAR Gold class level.
Tip #5 – Check what type of warranty is offered for the repair.
You want to know that the repairs done to your Audi will last. Contact the collision repair facility and ask them to explain their warranty. I found out Colorado Coach Auto Body offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty for all their work for as long as you own the vehicle.