Having your car repaired after you’ve been involved in a collision means having to go without your ride and deal with insurance companies. With all of those details to keep track of, you need the repair process to go as smoothly as possible so you can get back on the road fast.


At Suburban Auto Body in Minnesota, we’re committed to making that process as simple as possible so you can enjoy peace of mind until you’re back behind the wheel. In addition to our Suburban EZ experience, we’re also happy to guide you through the process with personal, knowledgeable support. That’s why today we’re sharing some key collision terms you may encounter during the repair process or while connecting with your insurance company. To find out more, call to connect with a member of our auto body repair team.  


●        Aftermarket Parts: Any parts that weren’t made by your car’s original manufacturer are referred to as aftermarket or non-OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts. Some warranties may require OEM parts, while non-OEM parts may save you money.


●        Alignment: Alignment refers to adjustment of a vehicle’s steering and suspension. Put simply, adjusting your alignment means making adjustments to your steering so the vehicle drives straight. Invisible alignment problems are one of the most common auto body issues after a collision.


●        Base Coat: This is the first layer of paint that’s applied on top of the primer layer. Once the base coat is applied, your vehicle will still require a protective clear coat.


●        Certified Collision Repair: Many manufacturers offer advanced to make sure their vehicles are repaired to their specifications. Suburban Auto Body has a number of advanced repair certifications including GM collision repair, Jeep collision repair, and Honda collision repair, just to name a few.


●        Deductible: Your deductible is the amount your insurance company requires you to pay out of pocket on a repair before the insurance pays repair certifications out.


●        Estimate: This is the estimated cost of repair. Because auto body repair after a collision can often include unseen damage, your total cost may vary after the repair begins. That’s why it’s important to work with an auto body repair shop that will keep you in the loop throughout the process.


●        OED Parts: Original equipment manufacturer parts. These are the parts that are made by a car’s original manufacturer.


●        Putty: Similar to body filler, putty is used to fill wide gaps and holes after an auto body collision.

Your St. Paul GM Collision Center

When you need collision repair from a certified collision center, give us a call at Suburban Auto Body. Call to connect with an auto body technician at 651-633-8900. Or you can connect with us online to get your free quote on your car auto body repair services today!