Getting into a car crash can make your life a very taxing and challenging time. If you deeply care about how your car looks, your time overseeing repairs will be especially stressful. Luckily, if you remember these two tips while you're dealing with your body shop, your car will at least get a high quality and appropriate coat of paint.
Ask The Body Shop If They're Using Factory Specified Colors
Your car model's manufacturer applied a very particular exterior paint color. While many shops put forth a lot of effort to make sure that the replacement coat of paint that they apply is of the exact same color as the original paint, many use the closest color they have on hand.
If you're only looking for the cheapest repair job possible and don't care exactly how your car looks, this might not be a big problem for you. But if the way your car looks is everything to you, you need to warn your body shop to not proceed on any paint job until they have exactly the right paint color available.
Urge The Shop To Replace Any Rusty Panels In Your Car's Interior
Even after an accident, most body shops will not replace rusted interior panels on your car unless you specifically tell them to. This is because most car models' individual panels can be hard to find. Even when new panels are found, installation costs can be high. A final reason for reluctance to replace interior panels is the fact that many cars will become broken beyond repair anyway by the time that rust emanating from within becomes a problem.
But for more durable cars, rust that persists so close to a new coat of paint will have a very serious long-term negative effect on appearance. Lots of rust on interior panels will cause cracks through which air from the engine compartment can spread. This air will drastically speed up the rusting process on the interior side of your car's body, eventually leading to structural degradation and visible paint cracks.
If you're the type of person that only sees value in your car's ability to transport you from place to place, it's not a crime to place little emphasis on getting the best and most accurate paint job possible. But if you really want your car to look great for a long period of time, it's important that you give your body shop specific requests and instructions.