How to Choose an Overland Park Auto Body Shop


Your car has been damaged in a collision, whether it was a one-car accident, or other vehicles were involved. Now comes what can seem to some as a daunting task, searching for an Overland Park auto body shop who’s reputable, and who you can depend on to make your car look as good as it did before the collision. At Prestige Auto KC, we can tell you that all auto body shops are not created equal. As with most other industries, some companies provide exceptional quality products, service, price, or combination of all of the above, and are preferred over others.

Before you flip through the Yellow Pages or choose the first company you come to online who provides car collision repair in the Kansas City MO and Overland Park area, you may want to do your homework. After all, any type of vehicle these days is a substantial investment, and you want the repair work performed by professionals who are dedicated to excellence. Other than that, we have a few tips to help you choose the best auto body shop in the area.

First, consider whether the company has lots of overhead. Too many chiefs means higher costs, so pay attention to whether there are managers, assistant managers, receptionists, foremen – what seems to be a considerable number of employees other than those who perform the labor. The more employees and the fancier the location, the higher the overhead. Who pays for all of this overhead? You, the customer.

Ask around. Who better to recommend a company than those who have used their services? Ask family, friends, and co-workers if they have had repairs made to their vehicles, and their opinion of the results. You can also learn a lot about a company by searching online for reviews or comments made on social media. The Internet is a great place to find out if a company is reputable, or untrustworthy.

Ask a dozen questions. The only way you will know if the auto body shop you are considering provides a written warranty, how long that warranty is for, and what parts/materials will be used in the repair of your vehicle is to ask. One important question you should ask is whether the shop carries theft and fire insurance, just in case something unexpected should happen while your vehicle is on the shop’s property. Does the shop have a business license, and how long has it been in business? Don’t be intimidated – ask plenty of questions.

Is the shop ASE or I-CAR certified? Car collision repair shops that do have certification from the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) or Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) employ technicians who are highly trained in the latest methods/techniques in repair. Essentially, what you won’t find at shops who employ I-CAR certified technicians are “shade tree mechanics.” These are TRUE professionals.

If you’re looking for an Overland Park auto body shop who excels in collision repair, offers a lifetime warranty, and who won’t take you to the bank in terms of cost, count on Prestige Auto KC.