situation: You were in an accident; thankfully your car wasn’t totaled. The
insurance company has given you the go-ahead to get repairs done. But before
you approve any repairs yourself, there are a few things you should know before
getting body collision repair.
- There may be more damage beneath the surface
a vehicle hits an object at high speed, the impact moves through the entire
car. The damage that impact causes isn’t always visible right away. Components
are designed to absorb or transfer impact in different ways/at different rates
to minimize risk to driver and passenger. That means there may be damage to
other parts, including the frame, alignment or body panels beneath what may
look like just a bent fender or dented panel.
is essential that you have a certified technician do a thorough inspection and
disassembly of your car before any repairs begin. It will give you and the
insurance companies a clear picture of all
the repairs needed and how much it will cost.
- Your car can be good-as-new
reputable, experienced auto body shop can restore your vehicle to pre-accident
condition (sometimes better). But this requires expert knowledge, certified and
experienced technicians and the right parts.
- Your insurance company may try to use
are two types of parts to replace those that are damaged: Original Equipment
Manufacturer (OEM) parts and aftermarket parts. OEM parts are produced by your
car’s manufacturer to fit your model specifically. Aftermarket parts are often
mass-produced parts made by a third party and may fit many makes and models, so
insurance companies will only approve repairs using aftermarket parts because
they are less expensive. However, aftermarket parts may void your warranty and
affect your resale value. Aftermarket parts could also be a poor fit, causing
mechanical and/or safety issues down the road.
sure you go with a shop that will notify you if the insurance company is only
covering aftermarket parts so you have the opportunity to tell them you want
- You don’t have to deal with insurance
quality collision repair center will help you deal with insurance companies.
They will send the first and the tear-down repair estimate directly and talk to
your claims agent to explain why they need to repair an issue that may not have
been on the original estimate as well as update your insurance company (and
you) about the repair progress.
- You can choose your collision repair shop
do not have to go with the collision repair shop the insurance provider
recommends. That’s your choice (by law, in most cases). After all, your
insurance company may be recommending a shop solely based on location (the
closest) or the least expensive (which doesn’t always translate to quality
choosing a collision repair center, check references and the internet for
reviews and information.
Auto Care has been
voted “Best in the City” for collision repair year after year because we
genuinely care about you. Our certified technicians have the experience needed
to get your car back to pre-accident condition with minimal disruption to your
life. And we communicate directly with the insurance companies, so you don’t
have to. Contact us today!