Even the world’s best driver can have an accident. But like we always say, it’s not failure that matters, but 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’s not that easy, but it can get easier if you keep a few things in mind.
First off, don’t limit yourself to one auto body shop. Have options and compare them. Find out whether the other driver’s insurance covers the damage. If you weren’t at fault and the other motorist is insured, expect their insurer to pay the minimum.
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 party has no insurance or if you were at fault in the accident, your insurance company will pay to repair 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 shops have the same take, you can be more confident as you decide which shop wins your business.
Research Is Key
With the help of Google maps or any other mapping program, scan your area for repair shops, and read reviews about them. The Yellow Pages can also help you, and once you find a few interesting shops, call them. Or ask people around you for referrals – friends, relatives, coworkers, etc..
Obviously, while cost should not be your main consideration for choosing a shop, it is an important issue nonetheless.
Besides the shop, your car’s make and model may be something you’ll have to research on a bit. 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.
Materials and Parts
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. Paying a little more is better if it means you’ll get superior quality service in exchange.