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Nissan Certified Collision Repair Seattle

Why Nissan owners turn to Collision 1 for collision repairs. No matter if you are the best driver in the world, the inevitable is bound to happen to most all drivers on the road: car accidents. While driving on public roads, you are always at risk of an accident or a collision. This makes it crucial that you know a certified repair shop and mechanic you can trust, like Collision 1. For over 30 years, we have been a trusted shop for auto body repairs in the Seattle area including, Auburn, Bonney Lake, and Centralia. You will find a reliable mechanic that is certified to work on your Nissan vehicle at any one of our three Puget Sound locations!

My Nissan Has Been in a Crash!

If you own a Nissan vehicle that has been in an accident or collision, you might be wondering where the best place you can take it for the repair process. The answer is not as simple as you think. Most people or insurance companies would opt to visit the mechanic that offers the best prices. Collision 1 would advise against this for a multitude of reasons, the main one being that those repair shops more than likely are not certified by Nissan themselves to work on your vehicle.

Nissan Certified Collision Repair

Many car manufacturers offer a program for repair shops to become certified in correctly repairing vehicles by that manufacturer, and Nissan is no different. The program is officially labeled as Nissan Certified Collision Repair, and it allows auto body repair shops like us to perform the proper repair procedures on your vehicle that are certified by them. Nissan holds these repair shops in high regard, as the only way to become certified is to meet or better their expectations when repairing and fixing their vehicles.

What Does it Take to Become a Certified Collision Repair Shop?

For an auto body shop to become a Nissan Certified Collision Center, they must go through a training program specifically made for working on those vehicles. In addition, these shops must maintain a clean and friendly environment in both their shop and lobby areas. These auto body repair shops must prove they put customer satisfaction first by providing results of a customer satisfaction survey. Then, Nissan will perform a certified inspection of the premises to ensure all the criteria is met in addition to making sure the proper equipment is used. Verification that the shop is being kept at Nissan’s expectations is done through future training verifications to keep their certified status.

Why Should I Go to a Certified Collision Center?

Going to a Nissan Certified Collision Center is the only way to guarantee that your vehicle will be repaired the way they approve of. Their strict expectations when it comes to fixing their vehicles is to ensure your vehicle is just as good as the day it came out of the factory. There are multiple reasons why it’s vital to repair your vehicle the way Nissan would want it:

1. Your vehicle will last longer with certified OEM parts versus aftermarket parts

Most, if not all, repair shops that are not certified will opt to use aftermarket parts. The biggest reason is that they are less expensive and can be used on vehicles manufactured by other companies. The first issue this presents is that aftermarket parts are simply not the same quality as the factory parts installed in your vehicle. To save money, quality is sacrificed in these aftermarket parts to ensure easier and cheaper mass manufacturing of said parts. This means that these parts do not last as long and could break much earlier than anticipated, meaning more money spent overall. While aftermarket parts are appealing due to their cheap nature, they will end up costing you more in the long run than installing the properly approved parts.

2. Aftermarket parts can compromise the safety systems

A more important reason to not install aftermarket parts in your vehicle is that they can affect the safety systems. Collision 1 believes that only the engineers who created these safety systems can judge which parts won’t compromise them. The systems that could be affected include but are not limited to:

  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Departure Prevention (LDP)
  • Intelligent Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Around View® Monitor

These safety systems are specifically designed and created for Nissan vehicles to meet strict safety guidelines. Many of these systems use sensors and/or cameras to ensure they perform properly in every situation. When you get into an accident, these sensors and cameras need to be replaced or recalibrated. When you install aftermarket parts on your vehicle, these safety systems will potentially work the way they were intended, which puts you in danger. 

3. Aftermarket parts often do not look the same as factory parts

Putting aftermarket parts onto your vehicle means there is a chance it won’t look the same as it did when it came from the factory. This is because aftermarket parts used are designed to fit as many cars as possible to save money. It is not a guarantee that aftermarket parts look like the original parts designed for your vehicle. The only way to ensure a factory-new look for your vehicle is to visit a Certified Collision Shop, like Collision 1.

4. Installing certified OEM parts keeps your car’s resale value as high as possible

Every car owner understands that a car’s value can plummet for a multitude of reasons. It’s important to keep it as high as possible, which is only possible when you install certified OEM factory parts on your car. As soon as you put aftermarket parts on your vehicle, the resale value of your vehicle will drop like a rock for all the previous reasons mentioned. In addition, your Nissan comes with a multitude of factory warranties. Putting on aftermarket parts can void these, making the resale value plummet even more.


Visit One Of Our Three Collision 1 – Nissan Certified Repair Centers Today!

As you can see, it is within the best interests of all Nissan owners to get auto body repairs at a Nissan Certified Repair Shop. You, as a customer, have the right to decide which parts to put on your vehicle no matter by whom you are insured. You may request that only certified OEM factory parts are used, as your insurance could attempt to save money with aftermarket parts. Collision 1 makes this process easy and simple, as we will work with your insurance company to ensure your vehicle will come back to you looking and performing factory new. Auto Body Like It Never Happened!