Collision Parts - The Feeling Is Original
Don't be disappointed -- insist on only genuine GM Collision Parts. They're the same as the parts your car rolled off the new car lot with. So you can be sure you're getting the same quality, reliability and durability as its original equipment. Yet, if you don't ask for GM Collision Parts, you might get stuck with cheap imitations. To learn the advantages of genuine GM Collision Parts and other useful facts, click on the following links:
Genuine Advantages of GM Collision Parts Over Imitation Parts
Only genuine GM Collision Parts provide the safety, look and warranty protection you expect and deserve.
A number of automotive parts manufacturers try to copy GM hoods, fenders, door panels and other collision parts. These are offered to body shops as replacements for the original panels your GM car or truck was built with. If imitations do find their way onto your vehicle, they can lead to some unpleasant surprises:
- The safety, composition and corrosion resistance of imitation parts is unknown. GM has no way to control the material, design or manufacturing methods used in producing imitation parts.
- The structural integrity of genuine GM Collision Parts meets factory original standards. They're made with factory-specified steels and factory-specified gauge thickness to provide the best durability possible.
- Genuine GM Collision Parts are made from rust-resistant, two-galvanized steel. A layer of zinc on the outside of our GM sheet metal helps resist surface rust, and a layer of zinc on the inside prevents holes, which typically start on inside surfaces.
- Genuine GM Collision Parts are made to fit properly and help your vehicle retain its original look. Imitation parts are reverse-engineered so additional holes may be drilled or the parts contorted to make them fit properly. This can cause mismatches in the vehicle's lines and reduce its resale value.
- Imitation parts are not covered under your GM new-vehicle warranty. No General Motors warranty covers liabilities related to the use of imitation parts, or associated GM part or system failure caused by the use of imitation parts.
- If you don't speak up, imitation parts may be used. The only way to make sure that you get genuine GM Collision Parts is to insist on them. If your vehicle is involved in a collision, ask your insurance agent and bodyshop representative if your vehicle will be repaired with genuine GM Collision Parts. If the answer is yes, then you'll be getting the value, safety, endurance and peace of mind you deserve.
In the Event of a Collision
It's never fun to be involved in a collision, but it doesn't have to be disastrous either. Here are some things you can do to make it easier.
Immediately after the collision:
- Take a deep breath. Check to make sure everyone is alright. In case of injuries, call 911.
- Never leave the scene until all matters are settled.
- Only move your vehicle if its position puts you in danger, or you're instructed by a police officer to do so.
- Give only necessary and requested information to police and other parties involved in the accident.
- If you need roadside assistance, call the number provided by your vehicle manufacturer. You will find the number in your owner's manual.
- If your vehicle is towed, know where it is taken, and the name and number of the towing service.
- Remove all valuables, insurance information and registration from the vehicle.
- Collect the other driver's name, address, phone number, driver's licence and insurance information; vehicle make, model, year and plate number; and names and numbers of witnesses.
- If possible, call your insurance company from the scene of the accident so they can walk you through the information they'll need. If a police report is needed, simply call the police the next day.
- Choose a reputable repair facility, and remember, whether you choose a GM Goodwrench Dealer or a private body shop, you'll be living with their work for a long time.
- Read the estimate carefully, making sure you understand the work to be done.
- Insist that only genuine GM Collision Parts be used to restore your GM car or truck. If not, imitation parts could be used.