How much time does it take to fix a car in Green Valley, Arizona?

It can be really frustrating to have to be without your own car, no matter how brief that period of time might be.  Naturally, that’s the reason why one of the most common questions we hear at O’Rielly Collision Center in Green Valley is, “How soon will my car be fixed?”  Every time we inspect the damage on a car and determine the estimate for repairs, we try to factor in how much time will be needed.  It is our goal to be as accurate as possible.  However, certain factors can cause a body shop to need some additional time.

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Where can I get a free estimate for collision repair in Green Valley, Arizona?


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Getting into a car accident is one of the most stressful events that can happen to a person.  Not only do you have to deal with the immediate worries about physical harm that might have occurred, but then you have to deal with filing a police report, calling the insurance company, and getting estimates for your car repairs.  It’s likely that you’re worried about the financial repercussions of this incident and the length of time you might be without your car while it’s being fixed.  The list of worries can be long and frustrating to think about. Read more

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The top five mistakes auto body shops make in Green Valley, Arizona

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When you bring your car to a body shop in Green Valley for collision repairs, of course you’re going to want the job to be done properly.  Unfortunately, there are some very common mistakes that body shop technicians make when repairing damage.  If you’ve just brought your car to a shop for repairs or if you just got your car back and suspect that something is not quite right, here is our list of common mistakes body shops make and how you can spot them.


1.  Conducting paint work haphazardly.
Prior to painting, an auto body technician must thoroughly mask off every section of the car that is not to be painted.  If the technician leaves any area exposed, it will likely get sprayed unnecessarily.  If you can believe it, some shops will even avoid taking the time to mask important features, like mufflers, and will wind up painting right over them.

How to spot it:  Inspect the area of repair carefully, particularly around your doorjambs and trim.  Overspray can make a surface look slightly foggy or even overly shiny, depending on the paint and the area that was sprayed.

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2.  Improperly matching auto paint color.
Color matching is a science that requires the right kind of equipment and a well-trained eye.  There are many different shades of colors that vehicles are painted these days, which can make color matching tricky, but what really adds to the challenge is that vehicles typically experience color changes over time due to exposure to the elements.

How to spot it:  Take your car out into the sun, since paint can sometimes seem to match in the shop’s lighting, but might look different in the sun.  You should also try to get a look at the repair under some type of fluorescent lighting, since a man-made light source can sometimes expose more color discrepancies.

3.  Failing to install equipment properly.
In the midst of repairing and painting panels, auto body technicians can sometimes overlook your equipment, like windshield wipers, turn signals, or headlights.

How to spot it:  Check your wipers, turn signals, power windows, and lock switches to ensure they are working properly.  Make sure that you’re not getting any error codes, such as your airbag light coming on or you check engine light.  Also check that your headlights work correctly and aim where they should.

4.  Leaving gaps between panels.
Manufacturers design vehicles with very tight panel gaps these days, so it requires precision and diligence to install panels correctly.

How to spot it:  Take a close look at the gaps between the repaired panels and compare them with the gaps in other areas on your car.  Do they match the pre-existing panels?  Also check to see whether the gaps are uniform all the way around each panel.  While you’re at it, test your hoods and doors to make sure they open and close smoothly.

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5.  Neglecting to align tires.
Another area that body techs can sometimes overlook is proper tire alignment, yet this is important for the health and longevity of your tires.

How to spot it:  Drive the car for a few weeks and note any tire wear. If the vehicle is out of alignment you might not even feel it, but it will not take long to begin to see the telltale signs of wear on the edges of the tire. If you do see issues return the car to the shop and ask to have the alignment checked.

When you take your car to an auto body shop in Green Valley to have it fixed, naturally you’re going to want to make sure the job gets done right.  For a repair you can trust, bring your car to O’Rielly Collision Center in Green Valley or Tucson.  We have state-of-the-art equipment, the best technicians, and we offer a lifetime warranty on all the work we do.


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How long does it take for a car repair estimate in Green Valley, Arizona?

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If you’ve been in a car accident, then I’m sure you can’t wait to have your life return to normal as soon as possible.  At O’Rielly Collision Center in Green Valley and Tucson, we know how stressful it can be to experience an accident and then have to have your car repaired.  The last thing you need is to have a hard time getting an estimate on the repairs.  Fortunately, no estimate needs to be a hassle.  In fact, you should be able to get a collision repair estimate quickly, painlessly, and for no cost whatsoever.  Read more

How does an auto body shop in Tucson match the paint on my car?

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One of the most common procedures that we perform during auto body repair at O’Rielly Collision Center in Tucson and Green Valley is repainting vehicles, so it’s understandable that one of the most frequent questions we hear is, “How do you make sure the new paint matches on my car?”  When you have your car painted, of course you’re going to want to make sure the job gets done right.  No one wants to pay for a sloppy, mismatched paint job on their car.  Well, I’m happy to tell you that most auto paint shops abide by industry-standard procedures that allow us to approach paint perfection.  If you choose a reputable shop to repaint your vehicle, you should be very happy with the outcome.


In order to ensure that your car’s paint will match exactly, a quality auto body shop will have the following elements in place:

  • Well-trained auto body technicians.  Some body shops will hire anyone off the street to perform repairs and paint work, but a shop that cares about the quality of their work will hire technicians with great training and industry certifications.  While we collision repair shops do follow factory standard procedures for formulating paint, there is still plenty of room for error.  A skilled auto painting technician will be able to handle the challenges involved in matching car paint with precision.  If you are shopping around for a collision center to repaint your vehicle, be sure to ask what qualifications their technicians have.

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  • State-of-the-art equipment and facilities.  Without the right equipment, even a master auto body technician will have difficulty making sure your paint matches.  At O’Rielly Collision Center, we make every effort to put money back into our business, ensuring that our technicians have the tools they need in order to execute their repairs optimally.

Once these elements are in place, the work of matching your paint can begin:
The auto painting technician assigned to your vehicle will use paint codes to match your paint correctly, taking into account common possible variances, such as geographical location and metallic color applications.  The technician will also need to take into account any custom paint layouts, color fading, and tinting in order to obtain an exact match.  Here’s something else they’ll need to consider—the longer your paint takes to dry, the darker the color will become as it dries.  Using their training and experience, along with spray panel testing procedures, an excellent technician will have your car’s paint looking beautiful in no time.

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For a repair you can trust, bring your car to O’Rielly Collision Center in Tucson.
Our shop has been a favorite of our neighbors in Green Valley and Tucson since we opened in 1929.  Our techs are GM-certified, which means that they have received the best training to repair and paint your vehicle.  We have 100 stalls in our shop and state-of-the-art equipment that includes both a Blowtherm side draft and a DeVilbiss down draft, guaranteeing that we will achieve an accurate match to the color of your vehicle.  On top of that, we offer a lifetime warranty on all of the work that we do.  If you’re ready for a free estimate for your auto paint, just click the button below.


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How much does it cost to remove rust on my car in Tucson?

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As a car owner, it can be a huge disappointment to suddenly discover rust in your car’s paint.  Just as with clear coat failure, rust can make your car look older and more worn out than it is.  Not only is rust unsightly, but it is also very destructive to your car over time, which is why you will want to take care of it as soon as you spot it.  If you have rust on your car and are looking for a cost-effective way to have it removed, there are some factors that can determine what your estimate will be.  In most cases, rust repair isn’t an expensive procedure, but beware of auto body shops that might cut corners.  When it comes to rust, it’s important that a good body shop take the following into account:

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How much does it cost to repair a dent on my car in Tucson?


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One of the most common auto body questions we get at O’Rielly Collision Center in Tucson and Green Valley is, “How much does it cost to fix a dent in my car?”  If you’ve had the unfortunate experience of discovering a dent in your car door, likely caused by the careless person who was parked next to you, then you are not alone.  Every day, without fail, this happens to way too many of us in Arizona.  Or maybe you got stuck behind a truck carrying gravel on the highway and their debris left dents in your car’s hood.  Maybe you found yourself in a massive storm and got pelted all over your car’s roof, hood, and trunk with hailstones.  No matter how a dent comes to appear on the surface of your car, it’s always unsightly and frustrating.  Read more

What is an auto insurance deductible?

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When we graduate to adulthood, we’re often expected to know certain things—particularly when it comes to insurance.  Yet, many people just don’t understand all the jargon involved with insurance, no matter whether it’s medical, dental, homeowner’s, auto insurance, or anything else.  One of the questions we hear occasionally at O’Rielly Collision Center is, “What is a deductible?”  If you are confused about your auto insurance policy and what a deductible stands for, then let us help clarify. Read more

How much time does it take for a collision repair estimate?

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If you’re like many of the customers we’ve had here at O’Rielly Collision Center in Tucson, Arizona, you can’t wait to have your life return to normal as soon as possible after being in a car accident.  Since a collision can be a tremendously stressful event, the last thing you need is for your repairs to compound the stress you’re experiencing.  The good news is that your car repairs can be done both quickly and painlessly, starting with the estimate.  Read more

Why didn’t my car’s paint job last?


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One of the biggest frustrations for any automobile owner is to have paint issues.  When you invest in owning a car, you have enough to worry about with regular maintenance, so the last thing you’d want to deal with is a cosmetic problem.  A number of things can go wrong with a paint job, including rust, fading, and peeling clear coat.  Likewise, there are a number of things that can cause these paint problems.  Read more