How to Pick the Right Auto Body Shop
Even the most expert drivers get into accidents once in a while. 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 of all, don’t restrict yourself to just one auto body shop. Gather options and make comparisons. Check if the other party’s insurance covers the damage. If the mishap was the other motorist’s fault and he is insured, expect his policy’s payout at minimum.
Now see if the accident is covered by your own policy. Same guidelines apply if you’re paying for repairs. If the accident was your fault or if the other driver is uninsured, your insurance company will pay for the repair of all vehicles damaged in the mishap. Aim not only for a great deal but also great quality repairs.
If two shops are saying two different things, look for a third shop and listen to their recommendations. If at least two or three places are singing the same tune, you can more confidently decide where to actually get your car fixed.
Researching Car and Shop
Using Google maps or any mapping software, look for repair shops in your area and go through reviews on them. You can also use the Yellow Pages and start calling shops you’re interested in. 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. Most likely, someone with the same vehicle and dealing with the same damage may have talked about this somewhere online. We can often learn from other people’s experiences.
Parts and Materials
Besides the total cost, you also have to be aware of the parts to be used for the repair. In most cases, auto body shops will repair cars to a point that the damage will look like it never existed. Among other things, you should check what paint and replacement parts will be used.
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. It’s better to pay a little more if that will mean that you will get quality service in return.
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