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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.

What Are the Most Common Types of Auto Body Collision Repair Jobs We Do at Keri Coach Works?

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If your response to that question is to ask, “Is this a trick question?”—your answer would be the correct one. It is a trick question. It forces you to assume that any auto body repair job must automatically be a collision repair job. But that is not the case. In reality, auto body damage requiring repair can stem from roughly three distinct causes:

For Collision Repair, Why Select a Certified Subaru Body Shop?

Back of Subaru

If the unthinkable happens and your vehicle is damaged in a collision or other mishap, Subaru owners need to be aware that fixing the damage isn’t just a matter of making cosmetic repairs to the surface. The resale value and, more importantly, the safety of the vehicle are highly dependent on who makes the repair, and how well.

Subarus are design and engineering marvels. Depending on the severity of the damage, the functionality, drivability, and safety features of the vehicle can be compromised. That is why it is always a good idea to have certified Subaru body shop look at any damage, no matter how seemingly minor. That way, at the very least, you will preserve your vehicle’s factory warranty.

The Most Common Types of Collision Damage a BMW Auto Shop Encounters

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Ask any BMW owner to describe in one word the #1 reason why they prefer to drive that make of car, odds are they will answer with the word: Performance. Which should come as no surprise. Inside and outside, the vehicle is meticulously engineered. When you sit down in the driver’s seat, it just feels right. After that, once you’ve started it up and begin driving, you immediately begin to notice those little pleasing performance features that make driving a BMW so special. The responsive feel of the steering wheel is a case in point. The car turns exactly as you expect it, due in part to the vehicle’s exquisitely balanced weight distribution, which makes the car’s performance feel predictable, stable, and safe when turning.

Then ask that same driver to describe—in one word—how they themselves feel when driving a BMW, and odds are they will tell you it feels fun. From the comfort of the seats, to the smooth and predictable turning, to the quietness of the ride, to the countless little amenities, and much, much more, everything about BMW screams FUN!

Auto Body Shop Customers Ask the Age-old Question:
When Will Cars Be Able to Repair Themselves?

Plymouth Fury

We sit in the darkness, clutching our popcorn bags and staring up at the silver screen, watching two cars chase each other through the city. Around corners, down long expanses of road, past cowed pedestrians, over sidewalks they fly. Will they crash? Will they survive? What lunatic drives like that?!

The answers depend on the movie. In the 1968 film Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen, a famed 13-minute chase scene through the streets of San Francisco involves a 1968 green Ford Mustang and 1968 Dodge Charger 440 R/T. They end up on a rural stretch of road, banging into each other, and the Mustang gets shot through the windshield. In the end, though, it’s the Charger that gets the worst of it, going up in a ball of flame after crashing into a gas station. Eighty cars were destroyed in the making of the film. But that level of destruction doesn’t quite live up to the Blues Brothers sequel (2000), which crashed a total of 105 cars.

The Sheer Pleasure of—BMW Certified Body Shop Repair

BMW Hood Logo

Although this blog is really about getting your BMW repaired at a BMW certified body shop like Keri Coach Works, it really won’t make much sense unless you know what it’s like to drive a BMW. But here are some clues.

If you were to ask any BMW owner to characterize the driving experience in their German-made vehicle using just a single word, chances are that word would be “joy.” As it happens, the way to say “joy” in German is with the word Freude—which also happens to be one of the main components of the car company’s 57-year-old slogan, “Freude am fahren.” It’s a slogan with staying power, since it has been translated into numerous languages, including:

  • English: “Sheer driving pleasure”
  • French: “Le plaisir de conduire
  • Italian: “Piacere di guidare
  • Spanish: “El placer de conducer
  • Romanian: “Placerea de a conduce
  • Etc.

Certified BMW Body Shop Repairs Aren’t Just for Accident Damage [Infographic]

BMW Logo

Among high-end luxury car buyers, BMW is considered to be one of the best cars on the market. The BMW slogan—“The Ultimate Driving Machine”—is well earned, thanks to the excellence of the German engineering they build into all their cars. This has been true ever since Bayerische Motoren Werke (“Bavarian Motor Works,” or BMW) first began manufacturing automobiles in 1928. Indeed, the quality of these vehicles is so high, and the engineering so precise, that it is practically mandatory that you bring your vehicle to a certified BMW body shop for repair in the event of a collision or damage from some other mishap.

Tesla Certified Body Shop Heralds 2022!

Tesla car in heliocentric orbit

As a Tesla certified body shop on Long Island, we at Keri Coach know the history of our cars—as well as the background of those who make them (at least the most interesting ones).

Meet Elon Musk

Elon Musk at the Royal Society
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Did you know that not too long ago, Elon Musk, the genius technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer, not to mention CEO and Product Architect of Tesla, Inc. (formerly Tesla Motors), used to sleep on a beanbag in his office in Palo Alto and showered at the YMCA! But at 27 years of age, he became a dotcom millionaire. Yet now, as of November 2021, Musk is likely the richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of over US$300 billion.

His success and challenges—PayPal, Space X, SolarCity, and Tesla, to name just a few—as well as his fascination with Mars, have been documented in much detail over the past few decades.

Looking for an Auto Body Shop on Long Island? Why You Should Choose Keri Coach Works

Corvette Convertible at vintage service station on Route 66

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Along the iconic Route 66, west of Flagstaff, Arizona, relics of the past—diners, gas stations, repair shops, vintage cars—are rooted in the arid landscape like resilient cacti. One can almost picture a grandma with coiffed hair, a bonnie Irish lass in her time, seated at a diner booth. Her husband, sitting opposite her with a cigarette dangling between his lips, casts a suspicious glance across the street at the burly mechanic tinkering with his baby—a flame-red 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible.

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Keri Coach Works storefront

Permitting a mechanic to repair a work of art on wheels requires trust. For over 35 years, Keri Coach Works has provided all types of auto body and collision services on Long Island. There’s a reason our auto body shop in Westbury enjoys such a stellar reputation. Keri Coach Works has a track record of excellent customer satisfaction because of our performance, knowledge, training, honesty, customer service, and on-time delivery.