Your car needs to be repaired, and you're wondering, how long will it take to fix? How much will it cost? Is there a chance that these factors change? These are all good questions to ask when it comes to auto repair. As you know, cars aren't just four wheels and a seat, they're a lot more than that, especially modern cars (say, anything built after 1990), which are more like rolling super computers rather than simple A-to-B transportation.
The answers to these questions are unfortunately not always initially clear, which is understandably a source of confusion and frustration. Why is it going to cost more? Why is it going to take another 3 days? Who's paying for this? The truth is, nobody knows until the repairs get started and the damage is further investigated.
Regarding the additional damage/increased cost question, we ask, what happens that causes these figures to change? Let's go through the process one step at a time:
Next we address the repair timeline. If additional damage is discovered, it's clear that it will take longer to fix than initially anticipated. How much longer? Well, that comes down to how much additional damage there is. Specifically, timeline changes/delays are caused by:
The practice of evaluating damage is increasingly difficult as cars become more and more complex. The introduction of Advanced Driver Assist Systems such as speed-sensing radar, lane departure warning systems, collision preventing auto braking systems, and much much more, cause repair complexity and overall severity to increase, which makes having a perfect initial estimate that much more difficult. The goal is to minimize supplements as much as possible, but sometime they're unavoidable. Either way, it's best to have trained and experienced technicians and damage evaluation teams to take care of your car (like us).
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