If you're like me, you drive your car everywhere. But after 15 years of reliable services, dents and rust now cover my car's hood, trunk and doors. I don't want to sell my car and buy a new one, so I decided to take it to an auto body and paint shop. Not only did the shop repair the dents and remove the rust, the technicians repainted it. If your car or truck looks less than stellar, take it to an auto body shop for repairs. My blog shows you where to look for the best auto body services and how to even perform your own repairs at home. Don't sell your car. Give it a makeover instead.
If you damage your car in a collision, dealing with the insurance claim and repair work can be challenging. Finding the right autobody shop to help you fix the car and navigate the paperwork required is the best way to simplify the process. Here are some things to consider after your accident.
Filing the Claim
The first thing to do after the accident is to contact your insurance company about the accident. They will need the details about the accident and the police report to get your claim started. In most cases, the insurance company can get the police report for you, but in some jurisdictions is it more comfortable for you to go and in and request it. Check with your agent to see if they will get it, or if they want you to.
Getting an Estimate
Once the claim is started, you need to get an estimate on fixing the damage to your car. You can take your car to any body shop, but it is essential to pick one that you feel comfortable with. If you have never worked with an auto body repair shop, as your friends and family for recommendations and check the reviews of the shops online. You can take your car to several shops if you would like to get additional estimates and compare the estimates.
If one shop is unreasonably high priced, you might want to look closely at the details of the damage on the estimate and the cost to fix it before you commit to that shop.
Repairing Your Car
Once the insurance company approves the claim, you can take your car to the shop to have them start the repairs. Often the shop will want to schedule the time for the job so check with them before dropping the car off. If the vehicle needs towing to the shop, you need to schedule that as well, so it is critical that you have the time and date set ahead of time.
Sometimes the tow company will take your car to the body shop right after the accident for you. If you opt to go that route, keep in mind that you may have to tow it to a different shop if you find one you like better. The insurance company may not cover the cost of the second tow,so check before you move the car. If you have to pay for it out of pocket, you could be looking at a significant cost.
For more help, contact a shop like Sam's Automotive Reconditioning Center.Share