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Which bodyshops in Toronto to Avoid?

Who and what to avoid.

You were involved in a car accident and you need to fix your car. Making a decision who to trust can be difficult to make. Especially in a competitive business such as Auto bodyshop repairs. Everybody claims they know someone “Better” or have a relative or a friend that will treat you right.

Who should you choose? Where should you take your car too? In this article, we will cover some important factors about choosing your auto repair facility.

After being involved in a small auto collision in Toronto or a large accident in Ontario you will need to make a car accident report, only if it’s over $2000 of combined damage. During this process you will likely contact your family, friends, relatives and your insurance company. By the time your report is done you will have a few options to go by.

Trusted Auto Bodyshop in Toronto

Option #1 Insurance preferred auto Bodyshop

This option is a good and safe one. Your insurance recommended bodyshop is tested for its service and quality. Also the standard for insurance preferred shops is that they all have a life time warranty on the service done for your vehicle as long as you are the owner of that car or truck (most reputable shops will have a lifetime guaranty).

The insurance preferred bodyshops also keep the repair prices reasonable. They won’t exceed the repair amount your insurance company sees fair, therefore satisfying your insurance while fixing your car. If you love your accident car and want it to be fixed, this is an Important factor because the lower the repair cost for the vehicle, the more chances it will have to be fix and Not written off. on the other hand if you want to write off your car and not fix it then the chances are slimmer. The lower the Auto repair quote, the higher the chances it will be repaired.

Insurance preferred body shop advantages

  • Safe and trusted place by your insurance company
  • Life time warranty on labor as long as your are the car owner
  • Fair Quality of work done on your car
  • Will not exceed the Reasonable cost and your insurance will be happy with Auto repair rates
  • Lower Repair rates meaning better chance of not being written off and the car being fixed.

Insurance preferred body shop disadvantages

  • Work is limited only to accident related damages on your vehicle
  • No complementary work done on your car as gratitude for your business
  • No help with deductibles
  • Slimmer chance to write off your accident car because of the lower repair cost

Option #2 The mechanic you know or closer to home

There are thousands of auto mechanics in Toronto and across Ontario. Most likely, you know one of them. When it comes to auto collision car repairs we don’t advice on using someone just because he has a familiar face. Always stick to industry standards. Your mechanic might helped you change your oil last month, but does he have 20-50 cars being currently repaired in his shop? Or does he have 5-7 cars for mechanical repairs with one small spray booth? Does he even have a spray booth or he is going to send it to his neighbor mechanic to do the work? It might be safer to deal with a Big Reputable bodyshop because, last thing you want, is getting to a dispute with a friend or relative for a poorly done job.

As you can see, unless your mechanic is a Large known bodyshop, we won’t recommend him at all unless you are not covered by your insurance.

If you have one way insurance policy and you are at fault, then keeping the costs low is your own priority. In that case, your mechanic might be a better option. When you have to pay out of pocket for your Accident auto damages, your small mechanic you already know might be a good option.

Advantages of choosing the mechanic you know from before

  • Keeping auto repair costs low
  • Easy to communicate, someone you already know.

Disadvantages of choosing the mechanic you know from before

  • May not be up to standards in quality of auto body work.
  • Life time warranty on labor may not be guaranteed
  • Possibility of Getting to dispute with a friend or relative
  • Need to ask if he has a spray booth or will he send the work somewhere else


Option # 3 Large established Bodyshop

this option will offer Mechanics and auto bodyshops that will go the extra mile to get your business. By saying the “extra mile” I mean those auto Toronto bodyshops will actually offer you repairs on pre-existing damages on your car as complementary work for bringing your business to them.

Some will offer to cover your deductibles, if not all then at least half. Most insurance policies have about $1000.00 deductibles on them ($500.00-$2500.00). Meaning choosing this option alone can keep that insurance deductible amount in your pocket. Not mentioning the complementary auto service value done on your car for you for free. This option is good if you can look at the bodyshop before your tow truck drops the car there to see its staff and quality and talk to the manager to make sure you like the place.

Another important factor is that with some specialty bodyshops in Toronto, like luxury cars auto repair facilities, they will charge higher rates then the insurance preferred shops. It will have no effect on you other then the fact you getting Specialists to work on your car and provide you with superior Auto service. Those higher rates will be in your advantage if you want to write off your car. The higher the repair cost cost, the higher the chances your car will be written off.

The Advantages of choosing Large Established bodyshop

  • Complementary work done on your vehicle (not related to your car accident) as a reward for you bringing in your business
  • Helping you with your deductibles $300-$2500 depending on the shop and your insurance
  • Luxury auto bodyshops may provide superior service then standard bodyshops, all service covered by your insurance
  • more chances of your car being written off due to higher repair estimates

The Disadvantages of choosing Large Established bodyshop

  • Need to ask if life time warranty for labor is guaranteed
  • Insurance will try to keep you out of expensive shops to control repair costs
  • Tow truck Recommended bodyshop might be farther from your home then the nearest mechanic

Body Shops with good reputation and costumer service

By now you already know what to expect from each of the options you have. To give you more valuable information we are listing the auto body-shops in Toronto Richmond hill and Vaughan for your consideration. Those Toronto body shops are either preferred by most insurance companies or are luxury body-shops that offer superior quality and a life time warranty on labor.

Assured Richmond Hill (Oaktown Collision)

Preferred auto bodyshop by most insurance companies and insurance brokers

  • 385 Ohio Road, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 3A1
  • Fax: 905-884-6188
  • Email: To be verified

Store Hours
Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm

Assured North York-Thornhill (Roy Foss)

Preferred auto bodyshop by most insurance companies and insurance brokers

Contact Details

  • 7200 Yonge Street, Thornhill, Ontario L4J 1V8
  • Fax: 905-886-9643
  • Email: To be verified

Store Hours

  • Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm

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HWY 7 Auto Collision Toronto

Large Established Bodyshop

  • Will Help with deductibles
  • Do complementary work
  • Life time warranty on labor

Direct Phone: (647) 989-2243 |  E Mail:

HWY 7 is a Preferred auto bodyshop by many auto insurance companies such as:

  • The Co-operators
  • Cumis
  • Coseco
  • HB group
  • Wawanesa
  • Enhance demand shop for Allstate and Pembridge, and CAA
  • Will work with Any insurance company

Preferred auto body repair facility for Dealerships:

  • Richmond Hill Lexus
  • Volkswagen
  • Honda
  • Acura
  • Lexus
  • Toyota
  • Audi
  • Mercedes
  • Mazda
  • Ford
  • Lincoln 
  • Aluminum certified, and have LCAR gold class recognition

Contact Details

  • 300 Signet Drive, Toronto, Ontario M9L1V2
  • E Mail:
  • Fax: (416) 748-9228
  • Phone: (647) 989-2243

Store Hours:

  • Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm
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