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Collision repair is a complicated process. Don’t you want someone certified to work on your vehicle?

Your vehicle is one of the largest purchases you make, so it’s important to protect your investment. If you have an accident, have your car repaired at a certified collision center.

Certified collision repair means technicians train through industry-leading programs, often through car manufacturers. They learn how to repair a vehicle to the maker’s specifications. If you own a luxury vehicle, the manufacturers want repairs on that vehicle to meet their standards.

Manufacturer certifications

There are a variety of certifications in the auto body repair industry.  When researching collision repair centers, ask if that location has technicians who have received training by your automobile’s manufacturer. Once a technician reaches a minimum of two years auto body repair experience, he or she can be certified.

Also find out how often they train. As technology changes on vehicles, it is necessary to attend additional training. Advancing technology has made frequent training important in recent years.

A man in a work jumpsuit and a woman in a blue button-up shirt look at a clipboard. There are clean cars parked in the background, inside a collision shop.
Certified repair means higher standards and tech that train with manufacturers.

I-CAR Gold Class

Certifications and advanced skills held by a team of technicians means they provide efficient, high-quality repairs resulting in a faster turnaround for the customer. For many shops, an experienced team is given an I-CAR Gold Class designation. ProCare is one that holds this designation.

We have 14 OEM certifications from a variety of manufacturers, such as Land Rover, Jaguar, Porsche, Honda, and others. Customers can rest assured that ProCare will repair their car properly. We also have aluminum certified repair facilities with technicians who are trained by the manufacturers on how to properly repair aluminum on their vehicles.

Re-certification and ongoing training is our commitment to guarantee the highest quality repairs to your luxury vehicle. Because our team completes extensive hours and rigorous testing, they have proven their skills mastery.

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A close-up of a shiny silver car, light reflecting on the hood and windshield.
Aluminum cars may not look different, but they require different care at the body shop.

Manufacturers continuously modify what they use to make cars, and more vehicles are now being made with aluminum. More than a million cars on the road are now aluminum, and they require a different kind of training to repair body damage.

Using aluminum weighs less, making the vehicle more fuel efficient and attractive to car buyers. Adding aluminum reduces the weight of the vehicle by hundreds of pounds. This is good news for car owners who will pay less in fuel.

But repairing aluminum vehicles presents a challenge. Because it is not widely used, few shops are certified to work on aluminum. When looking for a collision repair shop for your vehicle, ask if that body shop has aluminum certified technicians.

Why aluminum collision repair is different

A silver Ford F-150 sits in a bright room.
The aluminum Ford F-150 came out in 2015.

The debut of the aluminum Ford F-150 presents a new challenge for some auto body repair shops. Repairing vehicles that are not made primarily of steel takes training and the right tools. This can be costly for some smaller collision repair shops.

Shops need a certification from Ford to make manufacturer-standard repairs.

More aluminum on the roads

It is not just Ford producing aluminum-made cars anymore. In addition, GM is launching a “mixed materials strategy” with its 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. The company says training from the manufacturer will be necessary for any body shops. Consequently, collision repair shops will have to invest thousands of dollars in tools and training to make the repairs.

ProCare Automotive and Collision, a body shop in San Antonio, has aluminum certified technicians. Our technicians train with manufacturers for long-lasting professional repairs.

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