Road trips are a great bonding experience for friends and family. Along with the many joys of road-tripping, there are also quite a few risks that all drivers should be aware of. For instance, do you know how to hand an auto accident that occurs out of town?Continue reading Tips on Handling an Out of State Accident
In the aftermath of an auto accident, you’ll need to file a claim with your insurance company. At this point, the company will recommend auto body repair shops that it’s previously approved to work with its clients.Continue reading Should I Use the Auto Body Shop Recommended by My Insurance Company?
It is not uncommon for insurance companies to deny collision repair claims or at least undervalue them, leaving you with hefty out-of-pocket expenses. That doesn’t mean you have to pay the difference.Continue reading If Insurance Won’t Cover Your Collision Repair, Here’s What to Do
We all hope that we’ll never be in a car accident. But the reality is, whether it’s an accident or a chip in your windshield, something will probably happen to your car over its lifetime that will require filing an insurance claim. Hopefully you have the right coverage.
If you’re in the market for auto insurance, there are a few things you need to know about your car and your car use that can affect your policy and premiums:Continue reading What You Need to Know When Buying Auto Insurance
You’ve been in an accident and have been given an estimate for repairs to your car from the insurance company. Now you have two options:
- Repair your vehicle
- Keep the cash but don’t do the repairs
Before you make a decision, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Actual Damage to Your Car
Some damage can look minor but still present a significant safety issue. For instance, damage to a fender or a ding in a door may seem insignificant but can hide dangerous structural damage. Alignment issues may be imperceptible, but a bent frame can compromise your vehicle’s ability to absorb impact in a subsequent accident, increasing the chances of severe injuries and death.
Knowing the extent of the actual damage requires disassembly and further exploration by a certified technician. Your insurance company’s estimate may not tell the full story.
Whether you can see the damage or not, if it would make driving the car dangerous, you need to repair your car. If the damage is purely cosmetic, then the choice is yours…but do keep in mind how cosmetic damage may affect resale value.
Who Really Owns Your Car
If you still owe money on your car, the bank technically owns your car. With that comes the expectation that you will keep it in running order and good appearance. In this case, the decision isn’t yours. You must repair your car instead of taking the money.
Continued Car Insurance Coverage
If you choose to keep your car the way it is—i.e., damaged, you may not be able to insure it against physical loss. In other words, accident damage left unrepaired may make you ineligible for comprehensive and collision coverage. So, if you are in another accident, you may have to pay for repairs or a new car entirely out of pocket.
At Quanz Auto Body, we are one of the top collision repair centers in Albuquerque. Our goal is your safety and satisfaction. If you’ve been in an accident, bring your car to us. We’ll quickly and professional assess the damage so you can get the full picture and make the decision that is right for you. Contact us today!
Auto body repair can get expensive quickly. So, whenever possible, you should have insurance coverage that can minimize or eliminate out-of-pocket expenses. That may lead you to look into collision coverage and comprehensive coverage. Which one do you need? Or do you need both of them?
Because Quanz Auto Body helps handle a lot of insurance claims for auto body repairs, we know a few things about auto insurance. Here’s what you need to know: Continue reading Collision vs. Comprehensive Coverage—What’s the Difference?
Myth #1: Every accident will raise your premiums.
It is actually possible to be in a car accident, get damage repaired and Continue reading Car Insurance Myths and Facts
There are few things more inconvenient than a car that won’t run. Whether the problem is mechanical or the result of a collision, a broken-down car can be a real hassle. That’s why it’s important to know about your towing options in advance – so the next time you’re stranded with a non-drivable vehicle, you won’t be stuck trying to find a reputable towing company. Continue reading Car Broken Down? Don’t Over-Pay for a Tow!
Getting into a car accident is traumatic enough on its own without struggling to deal with the insurance company. Most people get into an accident just once or twice in their lives, and they’re hardly experts at handling insurance claims. That’s why it’s important to have someone on your side who can help you navigate the process of getting your car repaired – and that’s why Quanz Auto Body offers Continue reading How Does Our Claims Coordination Help You?
You have probably heard the phrase “totaled” before, as in “That accident totaled my car.” You may have even experienced it for yourself. However, what many drivers may not realize is that a car doesn’t have to be irreparably destroyed to be considered a total loss – and you may be unpleasantly surprised by your insurance company’s decision to total a car that can still drive.
What Total Loss Means
“Totaled” doesn’t mean that Continue reading Why Is My Car Now “Totaled” if it Runs?