Repair

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?

Damaged front of car

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?

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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.

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.

A Ford-certified Auto Body Repair Shop Looks Back on the Evolution of the F-150 Truck [Infographic]

Having been in the autobody repair business for over 35 years, Keri Coach Works has seen its fair share of Ford trucks, including F-150s. The first ever Ford truck, the Model TT, was unveiled over 100 years ago, in 1917. They have always been popular, and Ford has not stopped building them. Here is what that first Ford truck looked like:

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.

↓ This is us!

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.

A Ford F-150 Repair Shop Game Changer

President Joe Biden test-drives Ford F-150 Lightning

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. transportation sector is responsible for 28 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Amongst other factors, mindful emission control and elimination is goading the development of and demand for electric vehicles (EVs). A Bloomberg NEF report states that “EV sales are surging due to a combination of policy support, improvements in battery technology and cost, more charging infrastructure being built, and new compelling models from automakers”; and predicts that global EV sales will increase to 54 million in 2040—compared to 1.7 million in 2020, already up from 450,000 in 2015.

A recent article in The Guardian titled “Global Sales of Electric Cars Accelerate Fast in 2020 Despite Pandemic” shines a light on this dramatic jolt in electric vehicle sales. While overall car sales fell by a fifth during the pandemic, EV sales clocked an impressive 43 percent rise.

By any measure, EVs are here to stay and will likely have a large impact on the climate change landscape (hopefully for the better!). But a new development could speed the rate of EV adoption even further.

Our BMW Certified Body Shop Ramps Up to Service New EVs

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BMW headquarters in Munich, Germany
BMW Headquarters, Munich, Germany

Designed by Austrian architect Karl Schwanzer, the BMW headquarters building in Munich, Germany, suggests the shape of four vertical cylinders in a car engine, while the neighboring museum structure represents a cylinder head. For almost 50 years this skeuomorphic high-rise has stood as an architectural landmark in the Bavarian capital, paying homage to the petrol-fueled engineering that drove the company’s success and made it one of the premier luxury and high-performance automakers in the world. At this legendary location, new BMW buyers receive the royal treatment, complete with airport pickup, a four-course meal prepared by celebrated chef Bobby Brauer, a tour of the BMW museum and assembly line, an interactive experience of the futuristic technology in the pipeline, and a full tank of gas when they drive away in their freshly minted BMW.

A Tesla Model 2 for $19,000: Just a Pipedream—or in the Pipeline?

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“Ever since Tesla shared a sketch of a small electric hatch last year, rumors have swirled around a sub-Model 3 offering that could allow the EV automaker to challenge the likes of the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt. Relatively little has been shared since on the progress of the Model 2, as it has unofficially been dubbed, despite Tesla’s habit of dropping hints about upcoming models for years ahead of launch…. Tesla CEO Elon Musk reconfirmed plans for such a $25,000 vehicle during Battery Day last year, indicating that it would arrive in three years, but has otherwise remained largely silent about the company’s progress on such a model.”

— Jay Ramey
‘Here’s Why a Tesla Model 2 Is a Must for the Company’
(Autoweek, March 1, 2021)


Battery Day Revelations

Are you ready for the cheapest, and perhaps the spunkiest, Tesla yet?

In 2006, Tesla’s CEO and co-founder Elon Musk shared his vision of investing the proceeds from the sale of his premium vehicles toward manufacturing a medium-volume car. Furthermore, he spoke of using the funds thereby accrued to subsidize the development of a high-volume, affordable electric vehicle (EV). In keeping with that objective, Musk hinted at his plans for the “Model 2” on Tesla’s Battery Day in 2020:

Our Westbury Tesla Repair Shop Presents: A Guide to Charging Stations on Long Island

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“Mr. Brown does not have a lot in common with Edmond Kirsch, the futurologist and entrepreneur of his book, but they do share a car: the Tesla Model X, the least expensive version of which costs about $80,000. Among other things, it can drive and park itself.”

From “The World According to Dan Brown”
by Sarah Lyall
(New York Times, Sept. 30, 2017)


Author Dan Brown is best known for the depiction of a memorable protagonist, Robert Langdon, a Harvard University professor of religious symbology and iconology. The professor appears in five of Brown’s fast-paced, bestselling novels. In Origin (2017), Robert Langdon—who possesses the mind of a nuclear physicist and the sensibilities of a secret agent—finds himself in a self-driving Tesla in Spain while on an urgent quest.

Knowing that Tesla cars are electric vehicles, the alert reader may wonder: If you find yourself in an unfamiliar city or region with a Tesla, how would you know where to recharge it? It’s not a far-fetched question. But not to worry. Tesla and Elon Musk have thought of that. The Tesla’s on-board computer is GPS-aware and will find the closest Supercharger or Destination Charger station for you!