After an accident, you want a body shop that will repair your vehicle safely. With rapidly changing vehicle construction, and more than 250 different vehicle models on the road, it’s important you choose a repair center with the knowledge, training and experience to repair your specific vehicle model.

Ask your auto body shop: what training and certification does the technician who will be repairing your vehicle have?

A recognizable training certification to look for is I-CAR, the national standard for training and certification in the collision repair industry. I-CAR certifications verify technicians are up-to-date on the latest repair techniques, certifications, and manufacturer requirements.

Also look for I-CAR® Gold Class Designation, a status achieved by only 10 percent of the nation’s auto body shops. The training and certifications required to become Gold Class means the repair center is experienced in finding hidden damage on your vehicle, can determine whether parts can be repaired or replaced, and can identify damage to advanced materials. It also means the body shop is committed to continually improving technicians’ ability to perform complete, high quality repairs. Gold Class auto body shops must demonstrate the ability to meet increasing advancements in new vehicle designs and advanced safety systems.

Regardless of your vehicle make or model, look for I-CAR and other training certifications to verify technicians can repair your vehicle to meet the highest standards of quality and safety.