Moreover, year after year, the nature of the technologies underlying those components continues to evolve. From…
- special materials (plastics, aluminum, lightweight alloys); to
- fuel systems (petroleum-based vs. electric); to
- entire on-board computer systems (a far cry from your grandfather’s analog odometer and oil gauge built into the dashboard!)
…this avalanche of change has created what can only be termed an “information gap.” On their own it would be practically impossible for body shop mechanics, no matter how skilled, to keep abreast of such rapid and radical changes, or to acquire the deep knowledge required to maintain their competency in the field, much less achieve total mastery.
To address this information gap, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) was formed. The explicit goal of this non-profit organization was (and still is) to provide the knowledge, information, and training needed by mechanics to perform complete, high-quality, and safe repairs to damaged vehicles. Their focus on training integrates these six major sectors of the vehicle service industry:
- Collision repair
- Education and research
- OEMs and material supply
- Tools and equipment
- Miscellaneous related industry services
Such full-focus training gives you, the consumer, the confidence that body shop facilities such as Keri Coach Works possess the most up-to-date knowledge needed to perform with proficiency whatever repairs your vehicle may require. Thanks to our training we know how to:
- spot hidden damage others may not see
- make the right decisions for the safest repair
- decide which parts to fix and which to replace
- perform the most up-to-date repair procedures to spec
In essence, I-CAR is a continuing-education technical school for auto mechanics. More importantly, the I-CAR Gold Class certification awarded to Keri Coach Works means our facility has met and exceeded a standard of excellence in rigorous training and expertise in advanced collision repair that only 20% of other auto body shops nationwide are able to achieve.
Thus, we are not just really good “mechanics”; we are expertly trained technicians in servicing the finish, structural, and non-structural components of your damaged automobile. And just as advancements in vehicle design never stop, neither does our continuous training. Our learning, on the job and off, remains ongoing for as long as you see our “Gold Class” designation displayed.
We are proud of this accomplishment, not just because it shows we’re good at what we do, but because it gives our customers the absolute assurance that when their car has been in a collision, getting it repaired properly and safely is our foremost priority.