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20 McLaren, Irvine, CA 92618
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Fit and Finishing the car: Why It’s Important

Have you seen a car before and immediately figured out it has been in an accident? The paint may appear differently on the body panel, or the door no longer closes properly. Although fit and finish may seem cosmetic, this poor repair quality is more than what it has on the surface. The car may develop significant problems later if not correctly taken care of. As a result, technicians fix vehicles according to factory specifications so it looks right and works properly.

The Effects of Poor Fit and Finish

If you have ever purchased a used vehicle before, you have acquired a good fit and finish even if you didn’t discover it. When inspecting a used car, you should probably ask yourself these questions:

  • Do the body panels fit firmly together?
  • Does the body paint match?
  • Are there clatters when driving down the road?
  • Do all windows and doors open and close conveniently?

There is more to purchasing a used vehicle than just appearance. Frequently, misaligned panels can form gaps between seals, allowing water and air into the car. In extreme cases, water will drip down the window when you visit the car wash or hear loud whistles as you drive on the highway. More minor leaks may not be as severe; condensation often leads to wet and moldy carpets. 

Poorly done fit and finish can be a red flag for poor quality work elsewhere. If the previous vehicle owner didn’t go about the appearance correctly, they probably need to be more careful with critical components like seat belts, airbags, and frames. If you have a vehicle with these challenges, selling it will be challenging.

Fix Your Car the Right Way First Time

Repairing the damage to your car the right way the first time helps to fix things effectively. As a result, whenever you need auto body repair, the ideal thing to do is to repair at Spectrum Collision. We have served several customers in our auto body shop in Irvine, CA, for years. We subscribe to the latest technologies by maintaining I-CAR and ASE Gold Class Certifications. Are you worried the repair process may take a long time? We offer timely and efficient full auto body services. Visit our vehicle repair center today for reliable paint matching and collision repair. Our shop is just a short distance from your location.


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