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What’s the significance of “I-CAR Gold Class” certification?

I-CAR is one of the most important organizations in the technical certification field, and inarguably one of the most demanding. I-CAR Gold Class is the highest designation an auto collision repair business can attain, one that assures you that the shop is equipped, trained, and prepared to handle repairs on vehicles incorporating the latest materials and technologies. Only 10% of body shops nationwide currently qualify for Gold Class designation, and Gold Coast Auto Body is one of only a handful in the entire Chicagoland area.

What does it take to become Gold Class? To give you an idea, check out I-CAR’s training regimens for each of the following positions: Refinish Technician, Steel Structural Technician, Non-Structural Technician, and Estimator. As a Gold Class shop, we are required to have technicians on staff who have achieved “Platinum” status – I-CAR’s highest individual training level – in each of those areas. That represents an enormous investment of time and money on our part, but one that’s well worth it for any body shop that aspires to be the best in the business.

What Makes Working on Tesla Vehiclas So Much Different From Other Cars?

If you own a Tesla, you already that it’s a very unique automobile in many ways, from its unrivaled range and performance among electric vehicles, to its unprecedented perfect 5-star NHTSA safety rating – the highest in the history of automotive safety testing. Both are made possible in large part by Tesla’s aluminum structure and aluminum panels.

Few auto body shops are equipped to work with aluminum, and very few of those are certified to work on Teslas. When the company launched its certification program in 2013, they literally hand-picked the body shops they wanted to work with in each market. Gold Coast Auto Body was an obvious choice for Chicago, thanks to our experience with Mercedes, Audi, and other high-end luxury vehicles that incorporate aluminum structural components.

Even so, earning Tesla certification was a challenge. We had to invest in new equipment and update our aluminum area, and (two) of our auto body technicians spent several weeks in California undergoing intensive training in Tesla’s facilities. Now, as one of the only Tesla Approved Collision Repair Centers in the entire Chicagoland area, we are the clear choice to fix your Tesla.

Is Your Work Covered By A Warranty?

Yes. In fact, GCAB’s lifetime warranty is as exceptional as the work it covers. It guarantees the integrity of all workmanship associated with your job for as long as you own the vehicle, and also honors the manufacturer’s warranties on all parts and materials utilized.

Our warranty terms are unsurpassed in the Chicago area, which is just one more reason to call Gold Coast first for all your auto body needs. Schedule an appointment for a free estimate today, or just stop by to find out more.

Do you use only OEM replacement parts?

The answer to this question really starts with your insurance policy, which is another good reason to read it thoroughly. The fact is, many carriers and policies sanction the use of non-OEM (aftermarket), recycled (used), or reconditioned parts in order to minimize costs. GCAB prefers to utilize new, original parts in every repair, as this ensures proper form, fit, and function. However, your insurance policy may not support the use of new, original parts. In those instances where an insurance carrier will not pay for new, OEM parts, we will defer to you, the customer, to make the final decision . In those situations where non-OEM parts are specified in the repair by the insurance company, GCAB will ensure that the parts utilized are of the highest quality available, provided the use of substitute parts doesnʼt pose a safety risk or otherwise compromise the integrity of the work.veroxybd.comMen's Club – Онлайн Журнал

In the rare case where thereʼs a conflict between what the insurer will pay for and what we believe is necessary, our service representatives will call it your attention and do our best to resolve it with your insurance company before we start the job. Thatʼs the Gold Coast way.