How to Pick the Right Auto Body Shop

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How to pick an Auto Body Shop

Without knowing what to look for, choosing a good auto body shop is tough. It’s important to select the right auto collision shop to ensure the vehicle is fixed correctly the first time.

Know Your Rights

It is your legal right, as an insured or claimant to have your vehicle repaired at the auto collision repair shop of your choice. Steering – The act of an insurance company telling an insured or claimant to get their vehicle repaired at a specific auto collision repair shop. In this industry, we face many challenges with insurance companies steering their insured and claimants.  Check out the Top 5 Insurance Company Steering Tactics: https://www.medinecollision.com/blog-collision-repair-baton-rouge/top-5-insurance-company-steering-tactics

Find A Certified Auto Body Shop

A great body collision shop is certified by the largest auto-organization. Facilities that gain the approval of the organization have proven their abilities as certification is often a lengthy process. To become approved, an auto shop must demonstrate it has the most up to date equipment, qualified technicians and a proper facility. The certified auto body shop must also show it offers above average training to its employees. Larger associations always collect feedback from prior customers as well before issuing an approval.

Know They Have Qualified and Experienced Staff

A great auto collision shop has qualified staff with a number of certifications. Technicians may have certification from many car manufacturers like GM, Chrysler, Toyota, and Nissan, showing their knowledge and experience. Some auto technicians also receive training from vendors such as Keystone and Shottenkirk. Painters receive certification through PPG paint and continue to take classes to keep up to date.

Check Their Reviews

Reviews can be found on websites such as Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Online reviews are credible – they are made by the customers of that business.

Have you checked out the reviews for Wade’s Auto Collision? ★★★★★

Great body work by friendly locally owned folks. Reasonable pricing.
Jerry Strait
Jerry Strait
15:14 15 Aug 19
Ian Babb
Ian Babb
02:45 07 Aug 19
My second visit to Wades. Again it was a very nice experience and outcome. 1 day before vacation I bent my rear car door back and it would not close well. I stopped in and Wade worked his magic on it and it fit well enough to continue in the morning with no leaks. I also made plans that day to repair it right, after we got back. Sarah ordered the parts, made all the arrangements and kept me informed about everything as it went. It turned out great! Thanks to them both, along with the technicians that were involved too!
Jerry
Jerry
21:30 19 Jul 19
Wade's did an exceptional job of bringing my truck back to it's original glory and within a very reasonable amount of time. Highly recommended!
Jim Bruner
Jim Bruner
19:28 16 Jun 19
This is our go to for auto body work. They are honest and do great work. Anybody that knows how picky I am should appreciate this endorsement. We have needed them more than I would like to admit. The repairs always exceed my scrutiny. Truly talented. Artists of the auto body.
Ian Shaw
Ian Shaw
16:51 16 Mar 19
We had an issue with the driver's door latch on our Blazer. we need that vehicle for BOTH our jobs and other body shops wouldn't even TRY. Wade's not only fixed it like brand new, but charged us LESS than the original estimate!!! They also gave us rides home when we dropped it off, and back to get it when it was done. FANTASTIC service above and beyond the call!! THANK YOU EVERYONE AT WADES!
Mozart1220
Mozart1220
17:54 06 Mar 19
Wade's worked on our Ford F150 truck after a car hit the right front and messed up the front of the truck. It looks like a new truck now. We are very happy with how great it looks. They were great to work with.
Carole Jones
Carole Jones
01:19 26 Feb 19
Wade's will accept any job I throw at them, they always do a great job, and they use great paint and materials. thank you so much Wade's. You will always have me as a customer! thank you for all your work so far!
Anthony Mcl Goodson
Anthony Mcl Goodson
23:51 25 Jan 19
Wonderful service and great friendly staff!
Lindsey c
Lindsey c
21:09 17 Jan 19
Wade is very up to the point & explains you what needs to be done and why even before you get any doubts. I totally recommend this place 👍
Vamsinadha Reddy Mallavaram
Vamsinadha Reddy Mallavaram
06:32 25 Nov 18
Wade’s Auto body is the best! They go above and beyond customer service! I had my vehicle totaled and not only were they exceptional with their body work, but helpful in dealing with the insurance company. I will only use Wade’s Auto Body. Thank you Wade and Sarah for all your help! Outstanding!!!
Todd Miskimen
Todd Miskimen
21:04 21 Nov 18
Great service, speedy and professional!!!!
Super helpful and helped with the whole process of my car and dealing with the insurance company. Very informative and wonderful people to work with.
Brooke Scovel
Brooke Scovel
14:33 14 Nov 18
Had rear end damaged and Wade’s made my bumper look better than new. Was notified right away when something unexpected came up and car had to be there a day longer than planned. Excellent service. Thank you!
Emily Clapp
Emily Clapp
22:59 28 Sep 18
Wade's was great to work with. The work looked great! The price was fair and the work done quickly. Thanks for making a not so fun experience a good as it could be!
Byron Fuller
Byron Fuller
14:01 03 Aug 18
Been there more than I'd like to, but he's always been great to us and goes the extra mile to get it done the way you want. Only bad thing I can say is that I typically end up spending 30 minutes chatting with Wade when I'm there instead of getting myself back to work.�
Kevin Kamp
Kevin Kamp
17:12 29 Jul 18
They were very friendly, prompt and much more affordable than their competition. Would recommend them to anyone!
J LD
J LD
20:47 02 Jul 18
Friendly staff, fast service, and great customer service! Would definitely recommend
Anna Brabston
Anna Brabston
02:41 29 Jun 18
Great customer service! Wade gave me a quote that was a fraction of a quote from other business. They did a good job and had it done quicker than most places. Would definately recommend Wades to everyone!
Kevin Lukan
Kevin Lukan
17:12 22 Jun 18
Fantastic service every time. Always very honest even if it costs him money.
Bob Quint
Bob Quint
23:55 21 Jun 18
Michael Cahalan
Michael Cahalan
23:06 11 May 18
Every interaction we have had is honest and friendly. Thank you.
Juke Ball
Juke Ball
19:48 26 Apr 18
Took my car to Wade's to fix a water leak through the window. The car door had hit the garage when backing up. Wade's listened to the problem and said he would try to fix it. With a couple of heavy pushes by hand he was able to make it shut properly (I had tried it too but it didn't work). It stopped the leak (which I verified subsequently)!. He then thoroughly explained to me what he hid to fix the issue. No hassles or haggling and immediate service. Amazingly, he did not charge my anything even though he spent more than 15 minutes! I strongly recommend using Wade's next time for any car problems!.
Spss R
Spss R
15:43 20 Apr 18
The staff was extremely prompt with the estimate and seamless with scheduling. dropped the vehicle off before being out of town for a week and it was ready a day before it was even promised. The quality was outstanding. Can't even tell it was painted! I highly recommend them!
Jim Anderson
Jim Anderson
22:40 02 Mar 18
We`ve gone to Wade`s a couple of times and each time we could not be more impressed with their customer service, fair price, and dedication! Our cars have been fixed quickly and we can`t even tell where the damage was! We will be using Wade`s for all of our collision damages!
Jordana Olson
Jordana Olson
22:50 22 Feb 18
We`ve gone to Wade`s a couple of times and each time we could not be more impressed by their customer service, fair price and dedication! Our cars have been fixed quickly and we can`t even tell where the damage was! We will be using Wade`s for all of our collision damages!
Jordana Olson
Jordana Olson
22:45 22 Feb 18
Wade did a great job, was very efficient, timely, and did exactly what we discussed and agreed to. I would recommend his services to anyone. When needed I will be back, he went above and beyond to take care of what we needed done. And did the work for a very fair price.
Jeff Selfridge
Jeff Selfridge
21:00 26 Oct 17
Family-owned business that truly does focus on helping the customer and caring for your vehicle. My truck needed to be fixed for hail damage this past month. They exceeded all of my expectations: working with my insurance company, updating me frequently on the process, and making my truck look even better than when I drove it off the lot when I bought it!
Cody
Cody
15:15 05 Oct 17
Jeremy Glovik
Jeremy Glovik
19:00 21 Sep 17
Great repair work. Repaired my Tahoe. Very satisfied . I recommend them.
Kroeger David
Kroeger David
00:33 11 Sep 17
Nathan Adams
Nathan Adams
16:12 04 Sep 17
Awesome experience. Very friendly and straight forward with what needed to be fixed on my vehicle. Now it looks like nothing ever happened! 🙂 Would highly recommend to anyone.
Nicole Missele
Nicole Missele
22:07 18 Aug 17
Just had our paint job done on our bike love it awesome job!!!
Erica Wilkinson
Erica Wilkinson
00:50 26 May 17
Very friendly and helpful! The process for our van repair was made very easy by Wade and Sarah. If you have a collision or an unfortunate accident with wildlife, repair is made simple at Wade's Auto Collision!
Kathi Kerscher
Kathi Kerscher
14:59 08 Apr 17
Great and friendly customer service! Wade also cleaned out the interior! �
Kathi Sue Kerscher
Kathi Sue Kerscher
14:44 08 Apr 17
Great customer service at Wade's! My car ended up being totaled, so they didn't do any work on it, but the family is great to work with!
Jenai Holley
Jenai Holley
23:24 01 Mar 17
Robert Watson
Robert Watson
00:46 23 Feb 17
Customer service at Wade's was VERY personable and prompt. Wade is a good guy. His daughter in the office is very nice too. They completed my repair in the time they stated it would take. The repair looked very good! As painful as having my car damaged was, this part of the event couldn't have been better. Thanks guys! The cost was very reasonable too!
Josh Rodriguez 9292
Josh Rodriguez 9292
17:07 17 Feb 17
I have had two vehicles repaired at Wade's. Both times my vehicles where repaired promptly and looking like brand new. Thanks so much for your great service, you should be proud of what you have established.
Mike Gross
Mike Gross
02:07 27 Jan 17
Great Auto Repair shop. They take the time to walk you through options on your estimate to keep the costs as reasonable as possible and ensure they do a great job on your repair. I highly recommend them.
Naomi Homrighausen
Naomi Homrighausen
15:02 23 Dec 16
Zach Rohm
Zach Rohm
19:19 17 Dec 16
I would highly recommend this business. They were prompt, kind and did an excellent job on my car.
Lyn Ahearn
Lyn Ahearn
12:59 03 Dec 16
Took my door apart and found the problem. Fixed it right then and I was back on the road.
Joe Shaw
Joe Shaw
17:22 19 Nov 16
Wades is extremely good customer service and there work is by far best in town! Great prices as well!!
Andy Karasek
Andy Karasek
21:26 17 Nov 16
Great paint touch up by Wade's on my Sante Fe. Thanks for the friendly and quality service.
Pat Murphy
Pat Murphy
16:21 09 Nov 16
Very impressed with the friendly and efficient service I received at Wade's. My car looks like new again! My family has owned a business in Marion for the past 30 years, and even though we draw customers from the surrounding area, we wouldn't have stayed in business this long without local support. I definitely believe in backing local business - and you can't beat the personal service when the owner is right there! Thanks Wade!
Ellie Osborn Riley
Ellie Osborn Riley
22:32 27 Oct 16
Wade's did an awesome job on the repairs for my RAV 4! The service was fast, friendly and flawless! This is the shop to use if you want personal service! Thanks again Wade! My car looks brand new!
Kristi Mueller
Kristi Mueller
02:19 26 Oct 16
My experience at Wade's was nothing short of perfect! Not only was his cost to refill my A/C less than everyone in town, his service we far superior to every other garage to which I've been and they did the work in record time! I particularly appreciated that Wade was a straight shooter and both recommended and didn't recommend certain additional work to my truck. Any other shop would have recommended everything and then more just to bump up their profit. I've already recommended Wade's to numerous friends and family and I definitely recommend Wade's to you! I am confident that you will be just as delighted as I am.
Nathaniel Wyckoff
Nathaniel Wyckoff
13:57 28 Jul 16
Wade's is a life saver! I can't say enough about the professionalism, friendliness and personal customer service I received after taking my SUV there following an untimely collision. Wade was professional and diligent about handling the repairs, insurance paperwork and anything else that needed handled. Most places today, require you to talk to a handful of different people for different issues that don't get done right the first time. Not Wade, he handled it all! The repairs were completed in half the time I expected and the crew did a top notch job. I discovered a small spoiler flap that hadn't gotten put on by mistake, so I stopped out to set up a time to come in, and Jason stopped what he was doing, came out and had it on in minutes (Thanks Jason!)Thanks again Wade to you and your crew for a job well done. I won't hesitate to call you again!
Diane Hudson
Diane Hudson
18:18 24 Jun 16
Absolutely love Wade's service! I would definitely recommend it to anyone!
Kaitlyn Steggall
Kaitlyn Steggall
02:58 23 Jun 16
Courteous, Professional, Perfect!!!
Brett Vasey
Brett Vasey
09:03 08 Apr 16
On the way to Marion from Washington we bit some road debris. Wade got the car in and repaired it perfectly.
Goatman Roy Washington
Goatman Roy Washington
21:11 01 Apr 16
Jennifer Heeren
Jennifer Heeren
16:32 04 Oct 15
Awesome place to go very friendly and upfront with you not like other shops that try to fix problems that don't exist major thumbs up thank you, you have my business when something needs repaired
Kelley Hamdorf
Kelley Hamdorf
23:04 27 Aug 15
Was out of town visiting In Marion IA, and had a run in with a car stall curb, with some rebar sticking up. As I pulled back, it ripped my front bumper half off.What?! Got my phone out (it was 4:30 on a Friday afternoon - and I need to be back in the Land of Lincoln Saturday) searched for a local auto body shop, found Wade's - my lucky day. Got me right in, expertly fixed my bumper, and was extremely reasonable. If You're in the Greater Cedar Rapids area - take your auto body business to Wade's!
S Dickman
S Dickman
22:55 14 Aug 15
BEST Auto Body work in town.HONEST, Dependable & Reliable !!THANKS Wade & Team you do AMAZING Work!
Kara Burmeister
Kara Burmeister
16:04 11 Aug 15
Wade's did an awesome job with my new car! Great price, great customer service and I had my car back when they said it would be ready. I highly recommend Wade's Auto Collision. Thanks so much!
Lisa Buchanan Gleason
Lisa Buchanan Gleason
20:55 04 Jun 15
Wade did repair work on my car and you cannot even tell that it had some damage to it and to top it off he detailed my car and I am not only impressed but extremely satisfied if you ever need work done definitely go to wades
Summer Leffler
Summer Leffler
16:24 08 May 15
He made an unfortunate experience of having my vehicle hit into a good experience of excellent customer service, OUTSTANDING communication and accurate estimate. My expectations were exceeded once I saw the results of his work. Highly recommended!!
Tina Elwood Gehrke
Tina Elwood Gehrke
01:43 04 Dec 14
Wade, we appreciate your honesty and your workmanship is OUTSTANDING! We had the unfortunate experience of having damage done to our car, and your assistance was greatly appreciated. I highly recommend you to everyone! Thanks for your customer service and quality work!! YOU ARE AWESOME!
Tina Elwood Gehrke
Tina Elwood Gehrke
18:44 23 Oct 14
AMAZING WORK! FAST AND PAINLESS!GREAT EXPERIENCE!*Fixed my door that has been driving me crazy in less than 15 minutes*WADE'S IS A TOP NOTCH COMPANY
Krem DelaKrem
Krem DelaKrem
19:02 11 Sep 14
Wade did an amazing job!! Fantastic, quality work for a reasonable price. I will be recommending to all my friends and family!
Abby Gauley
Abby Gauley
01:12 17 Jul 14
Went to see Wade for the first time 6 days ago to get an estimate on a broken side mirror for my 2005 Pontiac. Not only was the estimate incredibly fair but Wade was able to locate a complete used mirror and housing that day. The work was completed in 15 minutes today (less than a week later) and the fit and finish are a perfect match! Thanks Wade for the awesome customer service and top quality work in repairing my Gran Prix and getting me back on the road with a whole car again.
Clancy Herrington
Clancy Herrington
17:33 13 May 14
Wades"s did a great job on my car explained everything to me so I understood what they were doingI would recommend them to my family and friends!
lynn turner
lynn turner
19:26 04 May 14
Andrew Pantini
Andrew Pantini
19:28 29 Nov 13
I received a text from my friend John one morning it said, "I just got hit down the street, she just ran into me!" I went down the road to find him pacing with with his head down. The damage to the car made it un-drive able and left him thinking, "Now what?" I reminded him about Wade and his head popped up saying in a pleased voice, "THAT'S RIGHT!". Thank you Wade for making a bad day WAY, WAY better!
Paul Lovisa
Paul Lovisa
19:02 06 Mar 13
Best place to go if you get in a car collision 🙂
Sam Runde
Sam Runde
23:02 20 Oct 11
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