Signs That You Might Have Received Bad Collision Repair

Here in Texas, drivers are constantly being victims of bad collision repair. Sometimes, they don’t even realize it until after they get their car back and notice their car isn’t the same. After all, the last time they saw their car, it was a damaged vehicle. Perhaps you’ve even been a victim of bad collision repair and you’re reading this article to seek the answers as to why this happened to you. We at Total Auto Services are committed to providing you with high-quality repairs because that’s what you deserve.

With how advanced cars have gotten over the years, you would think that body shops would be performing the same level of repairs, right? Unfortunately, many repair shops still approach a car repair using outdated methods instead of creating an individual repair plan for each car that comes into their shop. The best body shops know this and have highly trained technicians capable of performing top-notch repairs that keep your safety as the priority. A lousy repair actually jeopardizes your safety and anyone else’s who is in your car. This is why it’s critical you take your car to be repaired somewhere that knows how to properly perform a car repair.

Whether you recently had your car repair or it’s been a while, these are probably some of the questions you have:

“How much will the repair cost?” 

“Is my car totaled?” 

“How long is the repair going to take?” 

All the reassuring answers in the world mean nothing if you pick up your car and notice it’s not the same. A good repair will have your car looking, feeling, and driving as if it was brand new. 

What Are The Signs? 

The following are what you need to check once you pick up your vehicle: 

Test to make sure: 

  • The steering feels normal (not “gravelly” or “choppy” when you turn the wheel).
  • The car drives straight even when you take your hands off the wheel momentarily
  • The brakes work properly and stop in a straight line (no pulling to one side or another).
  • There’s no delay in the handling through turns, and it’s responding normally 
  • Electronic accessories work 

Listen for: 

  • Unusual noises such as whistling or roaring from the wind, whining, or grating


  • The paint looks different than other parts on the car and in different lighting settings 
  • Water leaks (which can lead to corrosion to the body structure and interior damage)
  • Gaps between body panels 
  • Bumper is misaligned 
  • The doors, hood, and lift gate open and close smoothly 
  • No warning lights illuminated on the dashboard 
  • Headlights, brake lights, and blinkers work properly 
  • Uneven gaps between body panels 
  • Distance between tire and fender is the same on both sides of the car 

On top of all that, your car must be returned to you washed and cleaned. Cars are bound to get dirty once they are in the service bay. A quality body shop will not only repair your vehicle properly but will also return it to you looking brand new. 

What to do if you suspect that you have received improper collision repair? 

Although it may be an out of pocket expense at first, you can request something called a “post-repair inspection (PRI).” If the repairs are improperly done and a qualified body shop or appraiser can provide you with proven documentation of the repair, your insurance company might get involved and the shop that did the repairs may be forced to buy the cat back from you. 

This is actually becoming a trend in collision repair due to how often people are victims of improper repair. Because of this, more qualified auto body shops are offering this documentation as a service. Do know that it could take some time to get you to a resolution. However, your safety and your investment in your vehicle are at stake with a bad collision repair.

Where In Texas Can I Get Proper Car Repair? 

Here at Total Auto Services, we are committed to providing Houston drivers with the high-quality auto repair that they deserve. We hear nightmare stories of bad collision repair and want to help make it right by showing you how cars should be repaired.

Our team of repair technicians are all highly trained in auto body repair and know the importance of following repair procedures laid about by the car manufacturer. We never take any shortcuts in the repair process and keep your safety as our number one priority. Our goal is to provide Texas drivers with the best auto body repair out there for their car and we’re committed to showing you why we’re the best Houston has to offer.

Our motto is, “we may not be related, but you’ll feel like we’re family!” Feel free to give us a call at anytime at (713)-433-7745. Or, if you’d like to schedule an appointment or to get an online quote, click any of the buttons below!