Certified Mercedes-Benz Collision Repairs
Tesla Certified Collision Repair Facility
Certified Audi Repair Facility
Certified Cadillac Repair Facility
Certified Volkswagen Repair Facility
BMW Approved Body Paint & Aluminum Repair
North State Custom proudly serves the entire Bedford Hills, New York area with high quality auto body repairs including, Bedford, Mt Kisco, Chappaqua, Millwood, Katonah, Pleasantville, Briarcliff Manor, Pound Ridge, Yorktown Heights and the rest of Westchester County. We also serve the Greenwich, Ridgefield, Stamford, Darien and Danbury Connecticut Areas.
Why Consider OEM certified auto body shops for your collision repair?
- The OEM certification Programs are thorough:The certification programs come in a range of complexity from a simple “Pay a fee and buy our parts, and you are certified” to more stringent programs such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz where equipment and on-site training are required.In some cases, the industry standard certification and training body I-CAR Gold can qualify a shop that has completed coursework.
- OEM training is expensive
The average cost of a four-day factory certification can cost a shop upwards of $10-20,000 and some training programs last two weeks, so those technicians aren’t even in the building to work on customer cars. If a shop is dedicated enough to get their technician’s factory certified, you can bet that this is a shop which does not cut corners.
- Specialized Tools
Specialized tools often are required to become a certified facility as well as being necessary to fix your car. Therefore, the shop as well as the employees must pass certain criteria. Some of this tooling can cost a shop over $250,000 or more. Different cars require special jigging in order to replace parts such as frame rails, where tolerances have to be exact. If your shop doesn’t have these, they are likely going to rig something up to get the job done, but minus the precision from the specialized tooling.
- OEM Training can require on-site visits from the Manufacturer.
- OEM certification requires re-certification.
Shops must stay up to date, and must apply for recertification. When you are searching a shop online, check with them to see if they are STILL certified for your manufacturer. Just because they were when they built the website, does not guarantee that they still are today. The same goes for the certifications hanging on the wall. Do your due diligence and double check.To make your job easier in checking for certifications for your car and your preferred shop, I have included a list of manufacturer certification links here. Some have a finder tool to locate a certified shop, others just have info on the program or a dealer locator.