Even the world’s best driver can have an accident. And, as we usually say, it’s not the falling that makes a difference, but the rising up. If you wreck your car after a collision accident, you search for the best auto body shop in town to fix it. It won’t be easy, but it can be easier with a few tips.
First and foremost, don’t focus on just one auto body shop. Gather options and make comparisons. See if the damage is covered by the other party’s insurance. If the accident wasn’t your fault and the other motorist has insurance, expect their policy to pay the least possible.
Now see if the accident is covered by your own policy. The same rules should be followed if you’ll be footing the bill. If the other driver is uninsured or if you caused the accident, your insurer will take care of all damaged vehicles. You don’t just want to get a good price, but also assurance that quality repairs will be performed.
If two shops are saying two different things, look for a third shop and listen to their recommendations. If two or three places are proposing the same jobs, you can be more confident with your final choice of where to have your car repaired.
Research Does It
With the help of Google maps or any other mapping program, scan your area for repair shops, and read reviews about them. You can also check the Yellow Pages and call a few shops you’re that catch your interest. Or ask people around you for referrals – friends, relatives, coworkers, etc..
While it shouldn’t be your main consideration when selecting a shop, cost is an important issue that you should nevertheless look into.
Aside from the shop, you may also want to research a bit on your car make and model. Chances are, someone with the same vehicle and the same problem as you, posted some information about it somewhere on the Internet. It’s always good to listen to others’ experiences.
Parts and Materials
On top of the total cost, you also have to know what parts will be used for to fix your car. Auto body shops usually perform repairs that make it appear like the car was never damaged. Find out what parts and paint, among other things will be used in the process.
You may have to spend time looking for the right auto body shop, but this step is necessary, if only to save you from future headaches. Even if you have to pay a little more, do it in exchange for assurance that you will get premium service.