Never said I trusted anyone, was only replying to a response. I will be certain to inspect my vehicle well upon receipt, as well as continue to monitor it over time. It will be repaired correctly, one way or another. But I appreciate your concern, it’s these members experiences that give us all the knowledge we need!
Actually, that was really "directed" towards you specifically - just adding to the conversation about certifications. To me, experience is almost always better than certifications, regardless of the field. But when most people look for a body-shop, it's just one of the things we have to rely on to hopefully find a compentent body shop. Certifications, reviews and word-of-mouth. Unfortunately, from my latest experience, word-of-mouth seems to be the only reliable method of finding a good body shop, as I learned the hard way. :-)
Trust me - I am NOT trying to "preach" or tell you what you should or shouldn't do. It's a lot easier to say you should have done this or shouldn't haven't done that when your not the one in the "situation". When it's you in the situation, things aren't always quite as easy or as "black-and-white" as others make it out to be. You have to deal with "real life", time constraints, logistical issues, the insurance company, the body shop, etc, etc, etc. There is no easy, foolproof way of getting things done, done right and done in a reasonable time-frame.
It'll be interesting to see what the body shop does about my panel alignment issues. The ensured me that they could successfully repair the minimal damange on one of the fenders and the hood - but it seems my current alignment issues are due to the repaired fender and hood (the side where they actually replaced the fender is fine). I don't see the body shop eating the cost to replace the fender and/or hood at this point. Not sure if they can successfully go back to the insurance company to get them to pay for replacing them now either though. We'll see what happens on Tuesday...
Good luck with your repairs - please do post back when done about your experience!