If you ever find yourself in the aftermath of a collision, apart from knowing how to make your insurance claims and how to handle police reports, it is good to know what you should do in terms of auto repair and getting your car back on the road.
Here are the steps to ensure you’re covered if you ever find yourself in a situation like this:
- Collision Repair Estimates
In order to move forward with collision repair, your insurance company will have to break down the costs. It’s possible that the insurance will take the estimate if you go straight to a shop. However, they might need to appraise the damage first. Be cautious when getting estimates, as the cheapest option isn’t always going to provide you with the best results. Your estimate should have the following”
- What parts will be replaced
- An exact list of what repairs are needed
- Will the replacement parts be new or second hand?
- Will they use the original manufacturer’s parts?
2. Once you choose your repair shop
Once you’ve decided on a repair shop, you will sign a work order that will authorize the shop to work on your car. Make sure it has everything listed in the estimate. Before they start working on your car, make sure you speak to your insurer and be aware that mechanics may find additional work or underlying issues. If that happens, make sure you’re informed on how your insurer will handle that too.
3. Details you should know
Body damage repair - Modern paintless dent repair techniques allow auto body shops to do repairs without sanding or using body filler. However, paintless dent repairs must be performed by trained and experienced technicians.
Choose a shop that offers a warranty - A trustworthy auto body shop will provide you with a written warranty to guarantee your satisfaction.
Do the research - Make sure the auto body shop that you choose has a good reputation. A good shop will only use the best quality materials. The best way to find a trustworthy shop is to talk to friends or relatives, or do some research online and look at their reviews.
If the car is “totaled” - If the value of the damage is greater than the value of the car, then the insurance company will deem it as “totaled.” In that case, you will need to talk to your insurance company about covering replacement costs.
A car accident can be overwhelming, but if you’re prepared and equipped with the right resources and knowledge, everything will become much easier. The most important thing to remember is to make sure you know your rights. Also, make sure you choose a reputable auto repair shop and communicate with your insurance company in a timely manner. Remember, the best way to ensure collision repairs are done right is to choose a repair shop with a strong reputation and a written warranty. Be alert and prepared and drive safely out there!
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