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Key points when reading your body shop estimate 


We know reading a body shop estimate is tough and confusing for the average person. There are acronyms and words that you have probably never heard of before or do not matter to the vehicle owner.

If you came into our shop and are walking out  with an estimate in your hands; you have been affected by a collision of some sort. Depending on your body shop, the insurance company may need to write their own estimate. Fortunately, Auto Body Xperts works with all insurance companies to create the best and easiest experience for you.

In this article, we will explain what you should look for in your estimate and what they mean.

OEM–  Original Equipment Manufacturer. OEM parts are produced by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Tested, designed, and built specifically for your vehicle based on research and development from the manufacturer.

A/M–  Aftermarket. Aftermarket parts at made by ‘other than the original’ manufacturers. These parts must have a different variable to them or they would violate patent laws.

LKQ–  Like Kind Quality.  These parts are recycled and refurbished parts. Simply, used auto parts. Technically speaking LKQ parts are still OEM parts but are not brand new parts.

B% –  Betterment. Betterment is the percentage the insurance company is willing to pay, after deducting for wear and tear, or items that wear or depreciate.

The safety and integrity of your vehicle is just as, if not more, important to us as it is to you. Which is why we have estimators that are trained heavily in the skill they perform as well as technicians. We want to make sure that when you bring your vehicle to Auto Body Xperts you are getting the best care.


LKQ Does Not Mean Aftermarket