Rife’s Autobody provides estimates free of charge Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 5:30pm and on Saturdays from 9:00am until 12:00pm. Please click on the “Request an Estimate” link at the top of the page to schedule an estimate appointment or click here to be directed to the link automatically. If necessary you can also call either of our locations directly with questions about the estimate process.
The truth about collision repair estimates:
Most people want an estimate because they want to know how much the repairs are going to cost. If the damage is minor and is only on the surface then that can probably be accomplished, but most often that is not the case. There are thousands of parts in every car, and in many cases all of the damaged parts and access panels must first be removed before anyone can say with certainty what all is damaged and what it will cost to repair everything. While price definitely matters, if you choose a shop that you feel is knowledgable and trustworthy you will probably come out best in the end.
What if the insurance company writes their own estimate?
If an insurance company is paying for your repairs then an appraiser or adjuster from the insurance company may look at your car and write an estimate of their own. We will honor most insurance estimates and can use them as the basis to begin your repair work. If the insurance company left anything off of their estimate or if we uncover any hidden damage then we will contact the adjuster and see that all necessary parts and procedures are approved and covered as part of the claim. Rife’s Autobody will always represent your best interest when dealing with insurance companies. YOU are our customer and YOU are where our loyalty lies. The insurance company just happens to be the one paying the bill.
Both of our locations are full service collision & body repair shops with the equipment, training and resources to handle all of your collision and body repair needs. We repair all makes and models, and our facilities, managers and technicians are fully certified to provide all of the following services:
- Damage repair estimates
- Collision repair
- Minor scratch and dent repair
- Vandalism repair
- Weather damage
- Damage caused by theft and misuse
- Frame & unibody repair
- Aluminum repair & welding
- Paintless dent repair (PDR)
- Painting services
- Hybrid and electric vehicle repairs
- Mechanical repairs (accident related)
- Restoration work
- Glass replacement
In addition we also offer the following services:
- Pre turn-in reconditioning on leased vehicles
- 24 Hour collision towing
- Rental car assistance
- Used car sales
Rife’s Autobody stands behind their work with a Lifetime Warranty which is honored at hundreds of shops all across the country. Click the image below if you would like to view a copy of our Warranty.
European car manufacturers Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes and Porsche require the use of a special frame straightening machine to correct structural damage. We use a Celette system like those found in their automotive training centers and factories. Manufacturers feel the Celette is the only system capable of producing the tight tolerances required for safe and accurate repairs.
Types of construction
The two types of automobile construction are body on frame and unibody. Body on frame is mostly used for trucks and SUVs. Unibody is the construction used for most automobiles and smaller crossover SUVs. Some vehicles like Jeep Cherokees are a combination of these two designs. Regardless of the design, the frame of a vehicle has multiple functions. First it defines the dimension of the vehicle. The frame is what all other parts align with. Secondly, the frame is designed to provide safety in the event of a collision. It is built to bend and crumple in certain places in order to absorb the energy of a collision while at the same time protecting the passenger compartment.
What is frame repair?
In about half of collisions there is some degree of frame damage. It could just be the bumper mounting member that’s bent of the damage could be extensive enough to require the replacement of a part or all of a frame rail. Frame repair not only involves restoring frame components to their original dimensions, but also to their original strength. Where metal is bent it becomes hardened in the bend where the molecules are pushed together. Through a process called stress relief, the molecules are arranged back to their original configuration and the steel is restored to its original strength.
How is it done?
This type of repair is done on a frame machine which is a platform onto which the vehicle can be clamped. It also uses hydraulic rams which will pull with a force of up to 20,000 lbs. Along with the devices for pulling, a measuring system is utilized. A common system uses a laser and reflective targets which are accurate to within one millimeter. This system can be used live and the dimensions of the vehicle can be monitored during the pull. The vehicle is measured in three dimensions; height, width and length. Once the frame has been restored to its original condition, all other parts will fit and the wheels will align correctly.
There are three ways to repair hail damage: 1) The traditional method of body repair, by hammering and painting. 2) Panel replacement. 3) paintless dent removal.
Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is a method of repairing small dents, dings and hail damage without disturbing the vehicles original paint. Depth and location of the damage are 2 of the determining factors in whether PDR is a viable solution. Using patience and special tools to exert pressure on the backside of the dent, damage can be reversed without sacrificing the integrity of the factory finish. Unlike conventional repairs, PDR does not require any sanding, patching, filling, priming, or painting. Not needing these steps results in a great time savings. Also, without the cost of parts and materials PDR can be a less expensive alternative.
Rife’s Autobody cleans all repaired vehicles inside and out. We clean the interior of your vehicle using vacuums, liquid cleaners, and brushes and the outside gets washed, polished and dressed. We also offer more comprehensive detailing that corrects problems such as:
• Acid Rain
• Industrial Fallout
• Rail Dust
Where do these come from?
1. Rail dust – produced from the friction of train wheels against railroad tracks. Over 70% of new vehicles are shipped by rail. Rail dust can contaminate a new car’s finish before it even reaches the dealership. Anytime a vehicle is parked or travels near a railroad it is subject to rail dust contamination.
2. Brake dust – particles produced from the friction of brake pads rubbing against the rotor. This metal on metal friction disperses tiny particles of bare metal into the air and on the highway where it collects on passing vehicles.
3. Industrial fallout – another word for pollution, industrial fallout is a byproduct of our modern industrial age.
Our steps to renew your vehicle:
• Hand Wash
• Clay Bar
• Machine buff & polish
• Hand wax
• Clean wheels/tires and dress
• Clean all exterior trim
• Degrease & rinse engine compartment
• Windows cleaned inside & out
• Vacuum interior, trunk or cargo area & floor mats
• Shampoo carpet & floor mats
• Clean seats
• Clean all cloth, leather and vinyl interior surfaces