Friday, 09 November 2018 19:35

Bob Carter’s Auto Body Achieves I-CAR Gold Status in IL

Bob Carter's Auto Body, a Downers Grove, IL, auto body repair shop, is in the top 20 percent of car collision shops nationwide to achieve I-CAR Gold recognition.


This third-generation, family-owned auto body repair shop has validated its commitment to staying current with the proper way to repair cars.


This designation comes as the result of numerous hours of training and testing by I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair. The I-CAR Gold Designation recognizes the shop for an outstanding commitment to proper and safe auto body repair.


In the course of almost a year, each technician was required to complete and pass a minimum of six hours of classes, while four specialists took and passed up to 12 or 14 hours of class. The type and location of classes varied, with some online, some virtual, some onsite at I-CAR training headquarters and some hands-on.


Owner Bob Carter stated, “The classroom training is just as meaningful as the hands-on training because you need to know what you are doing; you need the technical knowledge to pass the class.”


By undergoing the process to achieve I-CAR Gold, everyone at the shop deepened their already considerable knowledge of how to properly repair cars, including what’s recommended and how to determine and assess damage properly. They are also required to ensure that they have the appropriate person assigned to do the repair---someone who is qualified in that particular area. Because of this, they are required to have four specialists: structural, non-structural, refinish and an estimator who knows how to assess damage, including hidden damage.


For years, Bob Carter’s Auto Body had two specialized departments: body straightening and painting. This new addition of specialized departments was made in response to rapidly changing vehicle materials and technology. 


This I-CAR Gold recognition is conferred for a period of one year. During each year, the technicians and specialists are required to successfully complete additional classes to remain eligible for renewal of the designation. This assures drivers that no matter how technically advanced their vehicle is, I-CAR Gold status shops can make it roadworthy and safe after an accident.

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