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Sometimes, a collision occurs even when you do everything right on the road. You certainly have options after a collision. Should you choose collision repairs at an independent auto body shop or at a certified Toyota collision center? The latter is actually far more advantageous; find out why now!

OEM Parts 

A Toyota-certified collision repair center only uses OEM parts. An independent auto body shop, by contrast, typically uses aftermarket parts. Sometimes, the parts aren’t even new and are refurbished. While aftermarket parts may be cheaper, they’re less reliable since they’re not made specifically for your Toyota model.  

Maintain Your Warranty 

Speaking of OEM parts, using these components as replacement parts is required if you wish to maintain your existing warranty. Unbeknownst to some car owners, the warranty’s terms and conditions often state that the use of non-OEM parts will render the warranty null and void

Toyota Specialization 

A Toyota certified technician underwent the formal training to work specifically with Toyota models. The crew at independent auto body shops are generalists and may not have the experience working on your specific model and year. They may not have the knowledge or tools needed to restore the crumple zone to precise specifications, for example.

Keep in mind that in a collision, many other parts may also become damaged in the process, such as the suspension, engine, transmission, and ECU. Many of these components contain parts that are model-specific. A generalist may lack the diagnostic equipment and experience to make repairs in these areas. 

Been in a collision? Choose Heritage Toyota Catonsville as your collision repair center. We perform collision repair work on all Toyota models, including the Toyota Highlander and more. 

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