Collision Repair Tips
COLLISION REPAIR TIPS
When you get involved in an accident, you want your car repaired as quickly as possible. Dealing with insurance and auto repair shops can be a pain, however, it does not have to be. Choosing a good auto body repair shop that will work with your insurance provider to fix your car can make the whole process much easier. Here are some tips for choosing the right auto body repair shop for you.
TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE LOCATION AND SIZE OF THE FACILITY.
While larger auto body shops with a lot of front-office workers and managers can give the customer a feeling of professionalism and confidence, it also singles a lot of overhead that needs to be covered. Large body shops with many front-office workers probably have to charge higher rates to pay their staff. It can result in estimates that may be padded with non-essential work. Which in turn means they have to charge more labor hours at a higher rate. This can cause your bill to add up quickly.
Not every auto body repair shop is the same.
Different repair shops can offer different services. Some repair shops are certified to work on specific vehicles make. Be sure to do your research before you choose which shop to visit.
Get several estimates.
The best way to avoid overcharges is to get more than one estimate for your repairs. You should not necessarily take the lowest quote, however, this will allow you to make sure you are comparing “apples to apples”. However, you are not required to get more than one estimate.
You can choose who repairs your vehicle:
Your insurance company may suggest as to where you can have your vehicle repaired, however you have a choice where to take it. Trust your intuition and make sure you are comfortable with who and where your vehicle will be repaired.
Finally, your vehicle is one of the largest investments you will most likely make. Please make sure to have it repaired professionally, for your safety and to help preserve its value.