Tips for Finding an Auto Body Shop to Repair Your Car

Very little disrupts your daily rhythm, like a sudden need for auto body repairs. Unlike engine or other strictly mechanical issues, you may be technically capable of using your car, but we advise treating body repairs as equally critical. You never know when seemingly small damage to the outside might indicate something more serious below the surface.

It shouldn’t require more work to find the right auto body shop than the level of value they provide. Having served East Peoria’s auto body repair needs for over two decades, Turk’s Collision Center has several choice insights about finding the best auto body shop services near you. Read on to learn more.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Car Body Shop

At Turk’s Collision, we place the strongest emphasis on industry expertise, and we make it easy for customers to vet our credentials. However, you can’t know what credentials to look for if you don’t know what they are first. Also, not every auto body shop is easy to learn about. 

The following are some of the most important considerations before entrusting your transportation to an auto body shop you’re unfamiliar with.


Make every effort to find a body repair specialist with a long history of service and success, and most of all, the success of their customers. Research the company’s customer feedback and industry credentials, and only settle for a company that’s demonstrated long-term technical proficiency and quality support services.

Technology & Operations

Be sure a prospective auto body shop is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, both for the repair work and the insurance billing process. In the car body repair industry, the latest technical advances are essential to secure lasting, visually imperceptible results and optimal results with the insurance company.

You can tell a lot about a shop by how organized its resources are. For comparison purposes, take the Turk’s Collision facility as a good model to go by:

  • 13,000 square foot facility
  • Extensive outdoor stalls and staging areas
  • 19 indoor working stalls
  • A comfortable guest area staffed by friendly and knowledgeable employees

Be sure the car body shop in question has the leading edge in auto body repair technology, such as Turk’s Collision exclusively uses:

  • Nova Verta paint prep station and paint baking booth
  • BASF paint system
  • Miller MIG Welders
  • (SPX) Robinair Cooltech A/C recycler
  • CAR-O-LINER computerized frame measuring system
  • CAR-O-LINER BENCHRACK 5000 frame machine
  • Pro Spot Spot Welders
  • Pro Spot Smart Mig Welders

Be sure that whatever frame machine your preferred shop uses functions with both unibody and full-framed vehicles because the right job depends on the right equipment.

Trade Expertise

You also need assurance that the car body repair shop is at the top of the industry. 

Turk’s Collision is consistently building our skills and knowledge base by staying up to date on our certifications and training, including:

  • I-CAR Gold Status
  • CCC Pathways certification

Customer Service and Communication

You can tell if a car body shop has your interests at heart from the beginning. As you converse with their support staff, don’t hesitate to ask questions about their services and capabilities. 

If they’re too busy to answer your questions patiently and openly, it should raise a red flag.

Research the shop online. 

What are customers saying? 

Does the company stand by its promises? 

Are there words of support from other local automotive specialists? 

Look for expert opinions and feedback from customers just like you.

The Turk’s Collision Advantage: Why Choose Us for Your Auto Body Repairs?

What we call the Turk’s Collision Advantage goes one step beyond, including several courtesy transportation options. 

We also invest in the fastest, most streamlined insurance approval and billing processes in the market, courtesy of our advanced industry certifications and positive relationships with the insurance companies that serve Illinois drivers.

In all ways, we continually shape our services with the customers’ best interests at heart. That means leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to present only the finest examples of auto body repair services by every possible standard.

Turk’s Collision Center for Exceptional Auto Body Repairs

Above all, if a shop is committed to quality service, and they hit all the marks above, it’s likely they’ll be quick to fulfill their promises.

Turk’s Collision Center fully stands by our services, and we never leave our customers without transportation or updates on their cars. 

If you’re looking for the best car body shop in Peoria or the greater Chicago area, don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule a fast and thorough appointment today.

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