i-CAR Gold Class – What is an i-Car Gold Class Auto Body and Paint Repair Shop?
i-CAR Gold Class Certification Provides Peace of Mind + More
When your car has been in a collision, getting it repaired properly is critical for your family’s safety and your peace of mind. But how do you know if a shop has the up-to-date knowledge to repair your vehicle safely? If you have questions about our i-CAR Gold Class certification beyond what this page covers, Contact Collision Pros
The Gold Class designation lets you know a collision repair shop has trained technicians who know how to repair your vehicle properly. Approximately 20% of collision repair shops currently complete the rigorous training requirements needed to meet the Gold Class standard. Businesses that earn Gold Class status are proud of their accomplishment and will typically display the Gold Class logo prominently in their shop and on their website to help you identify them as highly trained repair facilities.
As vehicles incorporate more and more new materials and new technologies, current training has become increasingly important for proper repairs. Gold Class shops are trained to know:
- How to make the right decisions for a safe repair
- How to find hidden damage others may not see
- The latest repair procedures and technologies
- Which parts to repair and which to replace
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What to Expect: A Typical Gold Class Repair
When your collision-damaged vehicle enters a Gold Class shop, highly trained professionals work toward the goal of its complete, safe and quality repair. Today’s vehicles are so complex, they require specialized knowledge in the various facets of your collision repair. While each repair is unique, a typical major repair requiring structural work flows like this.
First, an Estimator analyzes the damage to your vehicle and the repairs needed to restore your car’s function and appearance. This might include blueprinting, a systematic approach used to thoroughly analyze all the damage caused by the collision and get the most accurate estimate possible.
Your vehicle then goes to a Non-Structural Technician, who often performs repairs to it before and after the Steel Structural Technician does his or her work. A properly trained technician can repair sheet metal and plastic so that it can be difficult to find any indication of damage.
The Steel Structural Technician checks specific points of your vehicle structure against manufacturer specifications using a three-dimensional measuring system. The damaged parts are then repaired or replaced as appropriate.
After repairs are complete, the vehicle goes to a Refinish Technician for painting. The areas to be painted are sanded and primed before painting. The Refinish Technician uses a paint mixing system, a trained eye, and paint-blending techniques to match your car’s color precisely. Corrosion-protection materials are also applied to protect your vehicle.
Once painting is complete, the vehicle is reassembled. Any new glass that is needed is usually installed at this point. Depending on collision circumstances, the wheel alignment may be checked to ensure that the steering and suspension is aligned to factory specifications after the repairs.
Finally, your vehicle will be taken to the detailing area for a thorough cleaning. Any minor imperfections in the new paint surface are polished and buffed out. A final inspection is conducted before your final paperwork is prepared.
Over time, the vehicles we drive have grown increasingly complicated in their features and technologies. Today, the average vehicle has thousands of functional components, tens of thousands of parts, and a mix of advanced lightweight materials.
Properly repairing your complex vehicle after a collision now requires a team of highly trained specialists. Up-to-date training is essential, since vehicle designs and recommended repair procedures change faster now than ever before. And no two vehicles will follow the exact same repair plan.
When you see the Gold Class symbol, you know that shop:
- Trains every technician involved in collision repair every year so that anyone who touches your car understands new vehicle technologies and repair procedures
- Trains experts representing each of the four key collision repair roles of Estimator, Non-Structural Technician, Steel Structural Technician and Refinish Technician
Keeping the Gold Classification
Vehicle advancements never stop, and neither does the need for continuous training. So if a collision repair facility has a lapse in its training, even for a year, its Gold Class designation is taken away. So when you see the Gold Class logo, you know the repair shop has in-house knowledge across all of the collision repair roles necessary for complete, safe and quality repairs, and up-to-date training in how to fix your vehicle properly.
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