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.

As different car makes and models have become more complex, their respective structures have naturally diverged. It’s not just a question of nuts and bolts and brake lights, but of incompatible on-board computers, idiosyncratic automatic safety features, specialty construction materials, and much more, all of which may differ radically from one manufacturer to another. To be qualified to work in today’s automotive repair arena requires specialized and rigorous training—training that the repair technicians at Keri Coach Works have painstakingly acquired. These certifications are the proof of the competence of our technicians to repair a wide range of vehicles, including:

  • Tesla
  • BMW
  • Infiniti
  • Kia
  • Hyundai
  • GM
  • Ford F-150
  • Subaru
  • Nissan
  • Honda/Acura

For example, with the 2015 introduction of the F-150 truck, Ford switched the material of the bed and most body panels from heavy steel to substantially lighter aluminum. Subsequently, the technicians at Keri Coach Works adapted, as welding aluminum requires both special equipment and training (you can’t let aluminum and iron touch, because it corrodes both metals). Thanks to their specialized training, today Keri Coach Works is a Ford-certified auto body shop, while still maintaining its expertise with steel, and thus also remains certified for GM vehicles.

Keri Coach Works is a certified auto body repair shop not just for popular overseas manufacturers, including Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, and Kia, but also for higher-end manufacturers such as Infiniti, BMW, and Tesla. The importance of the specialization required to work on such an array of vehicles cannot be understated, given the unique materials and futuristic technologies incorporated into them (take one glance inside a Tesla and you’ll see what we mean!), but our technicians have put in the work and acquired the expertise.

That is what it means to be a certified auto body shop, and it’s no small feat. The blood, sweat, and tears—and motor oil—it took to acquire this skill set puts us in another league compared to other auto body shops. Think of it as a more official way of saying, “These guys really know what they’re doing!”

Storefront of Keri Coach Works