Post-Collision Wheel Alignment
Normally, when your mechanic suggests a standard wheel alignment, it’s could be because your vehicle is pulling to one side, there is uneven tire tread wear, your steering wheel is crooked, or your wheels are vibrating.
But when you’ve been in a collision, of any severity, there is a higher than normal chance that your vehicle’s wheels will be thrown out of alignment. Because proper wheel alignment is so important, it’s part of the Alexander Body & Fender process to include wheel alignment as part of the auto body repair process.
Ask About Our Wheel Alignment Services
So many shops won’t inspect your wheel alignment. So, we encourage you to ask us about it! When your car is returned to you after an accident, you should check if its properly aligned by simply driving the car. As you’re driving, simply look at the steering wheel and check if it is straight while you’re driving straight. Do you feel it pulling to one side? Is the steering wheel crooked?
We also encourage our customers to speak with their insurance adjusters about their concerns. As the wheel misalignment was the result of an accident, you may want to fight with the insurance company to get this covered.
Schedule a Post-Collision Wheel Alignment
We use a state-of-the-art John Bean laser wheel alignment machine that allows us to put your vehicle back into factory specifications, using all 3 key measuring points: caster, camber and toe. If you’ve hit a pothole, jumped a curb or been in another accident that has damaged your alignment, give us a call today at (330) 376-8105 or schedule a estimate using the form below.
Common Questions about Alignment & Repairs
Does insurance cover alignment?
If alignment problems are caused by a car accident, then standard collision insurance should cover it. If problems are caused by potholes or other road damage, then it would be covered by a comprehensive insurance policy if not the local department responsible for maintaining the roadways.
Do collision centers do alignments?
Yes, Badell's Collision performs wheel alignment services.
Are you open on Saturday?
Yes, we are open Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM unless otherwise noted.
If the vehicles frame is damaged is the car a total loss?
No. A car is only a total loss when the price of the repairs exceeds the insurance companies determined value of your vehicle. Today, most cars are built using a unibody (that’s where the frame and body are as one) construction. Our highly skilled technicians, with the aid of our state-of-the-art computer measuring system can return your vehicle back to original specifications. If it is determined that your frame section is bent beyond repair, most manufacturers sell frame portions that can be sectioned into your vehicle.
How can I get a rental car while my car is being repaired?
If you are in need of a rental car we would be glad to make arrangements for you. We can call the rental company and they will have a car ready for you when you drop your vehicle off. Insurance companies only pay for a rental car if you have that coverage on your policy or you are claimant (meaning you were hit by somebody). If you do not have rental coverage on your policy we do get a discount from the rental company if you tell them you are our customer and to give you our rate. When your car is finished you can leave your rental here, they will come and pick it up at our shop.
Can I get a ride home when I drop off my car for repairs?
Yes, we do offer courtesy rides within a reasonable distance.
Is there a warranty on the repairs of my vehicle?
Yes. We warranty all repairs with a Lifetime Warranty on our workmanship as long as you own the car. Parts are warranted as per each vendor.
Do I have to pay a deductible?
After a collision, if you are the insured party (meaning the claim is going through your insurance) then yes you will owe a deductible. The amount of the deductible that you will be responsible for is determined by your insurance policy. If you are unsure what that amount is, call your insurance agent. If you are a claimant (meaning someone hit you), there is no deductible.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and personal checks. And of course cash is always welcomed. Financing is available on all portions of your repairs if approved. Call our staff for details!
What are betterment charges?
If a repair is needed to a “wear and tear” part of your vehicle (i.e. tires, batteries, suspension parts, etc…) the insurance company will only pay a percentage of the cost of that replacement part. These betterment charges are determined by your insurance company and are pro-rated based on actual miles on your car.