Change is inevitable in all areas of life. When it comes to getting your car repaired, there has been more change in the past few years than there has been in decades. You would take your car to get three different estimates before an Insurance company paid a claim. Then it came to going to where the insurance company tells you, making you feel like you have no other option. In actuality, the choice of body shop remains in your hands. 

Car estimates have had major change as well. Want a free estimate? Those days are pretty much over.

Here’s why:

The initial estimate you get from your insurance will not be the final repair bill. A good and thorough estimate, which is more of a diagnosis, can accurately assess the damage to your vehicle and what needs to be done. This type of estimate requires a complete teardown of a vehicle that will come with fees of its own that your Insurance company will cover. However, it better determines what needs to be done to your car.

A proper and thorough diagnosis of vehicle damage and a repair plan is likely to contain some line items that you may not be familiar with. In this blog, we’re explaining two of those known as R&R and R&I.

What Is R&R? 

R&R on an auto body estimate stands for “remove and replace.” This type of repair will happen when a part is removed from a vehicle and can’t be repaired. As a result, the removed part is given a new replacement part.

Car repair is extremely complex nowadays and requires extensive training from technicians. Not following OEM repair procedures can cause the advanced safety features (commonly known as ADAS) your car is built with to no longer work. This is why it’s critical you take your vehicle to be repaired at a body shop that knows the importance of following OEM repair guidelines. 

The complexity of car repair today creates more steps that need to be paid attention to, or it can create lasting damage to your vehicle. As mentioned above, a repair technician would know if a repair calls for R&R only after they complete a thorough diagnosis of the vehicle. This comes after the car is taken apart so technicians can accurately asses the damage and see what needs to be repaired. Remember that the “replace” part of an R&R repair does not mean a replacement of the damaged part with it being repaired. R&R is a replacement for an entirely new piece for the car.

New Jersey and Pennsylvania are two states where it isn’t required for technicians to have a license to repair your car. That’s pretty scary, especially when you’re putting your car in the hands of someone who can actually cause severe damage to your vehicle. The best body shops have invested in training for their technicians because they care about giving you the quality repair that you deserve/ 

What Is R&I?


Unlike R&R, where a part is entirely replaced, R&I stands for “remove and install.” This happens when a part is removed from the damaged car and reinstalled later. In fact, this removed part can have its own individual repair before being reinstalled back onto the vehicle. Just like in R&R, remove and install calls for a thorough inspection of the vehicle to accurately determine what needs to be done to the vehicle. You wouldn’t expect a doctor to perform surgery without knowing what’s wrong with his or her patient. The same rule applies when you are getting your car repaired. Highly trained technicians will be able to diagnosis the vehicle and repair it following the repair procedures laid out by your car’s manufacturer, including OEM repair procedures. 

Why Choose Rocco’s Collision Centers 

Here at Rocco’s Collision Centers, we always see New Jersey and Pennsylvania drivers feeling confused over the entire car repair process. They come in feeling a lot of pressure from their insurance company when all they want to do is get their car repaired the right way.

Sound familiar? We’re here to help.

We at Rocco’s Collison Centers know that you have many choices when it comes to choosing where to get your car repaired, especially in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey areas. We are always looking at any possible recalls for every car manufacturer so that we are better prepared to adequately serve you with the best possible service out there.

Each one of our technicians has gone through extensive training and have received their certifications through I-CAR, PPG, and 3M. We follow OEM repair procedures and even work with insurance companies to ensure your vehicle is in the best hands with us. We are experts in paint repair and only use state-of-the-art equipment for any paint repair. 

We aim to show you why we are the best out there, which is why we are dedicated to giving you the best repair possible for your car! 

We have 6 different locations across Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. We invite you to see for yourself why Rocco’s is the best out there! Feel free to give us a call at anytime at (888)-9-ROCCOS. Or to schedule an appointment or to call any of our locations directly, click here

We look forward to hearing from you!