Even the most skillful driver gets into an accident. And, as we usually say, it’s not the falling that makes a difference, but the rising up. When your car is wrecked after a collision, you find the best auto body shop in town to restore it. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but it does get easier with a few tips.
First of all, don’t restrict yourself to just one auto body shop. Gather options and make comparisons. Find out whether the other driver’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. If you’re paying for repairs, similar guidelines must be followed. 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 different shops are saying different things, check what a third shop might tell you. 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
With mapping software such as Google maps, search for repair shops in your area and take a look at reviews on each of them. You can also use the Yellow Pages and start calling shops you’re interested in. Or try asking for referrals from friends, family members, coworkers, and so on.
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 researching shops, it may also be wise to research your vehicle. Most likely, someone with the same vehicle and dealing with the same damage may have talked about this somewhere online. It’s always good to listen to others’ experiences.
Materials and Parts
Besides the total cost, you also have to be aware of the parts to be used for the repair. Auto body shops normally perform repairs that make it look like no accident ever occurred. Among other things, you should check what paint and replacement parts will be used.
You’ll have to spend a little time searching for a good auto body shop, but this can spare you from future headaches. Paying a little more is better if it means you’ll get superior quality service in exchange.