Month: August 2022

What Does “Certified” Auto Body Shop Even Mean?

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At Keri Coach Works in Westbury, New York, our repair technicians are certified to service a wide variety of vehicle makes and models on Long Island and surrounding areas, and we are proud to call ourselves a certified auto body shop. But what precisely does that mean? What is so special about being a “certified” auto body shop?

Well, in the olden days it used to be that when your car broke down or was damaged in a collision or some other way, you would take it to a local mechanic. The good ones could fix most anything. (You found out about the good ones through word of mouth; nowadays we do it via the Internet.)

Vehicles were much simpler back then, and thus much easier to repair. In addition, many of the components were “off the shelf”; so if a part needed to be replaced, you didn’t have to go on an OEM quest to find the exact part compatible only with the vehicle you were working on. (One notably infamous exception was Yugoslavia’s unsuccessful attempt to export the Yugo, the parts for which were difficult to obtain from the socialist mother country, and then impossible to find once the country devolved into civil war.)

But times have changed, and auto body shops have had to change with them.