Steps to Filing a Car Insurance Claim

Car accidents are always stressful, no matter who’s at fault or how much damage has occurred. After the dust has settled, you’ll need to report the details of the accident to the insurance company, who will review the facts to make a determination on fault as well as compensation. While you expect the claims process to be easy to navigate, this is not always the case. The following guide explains what to expect when filing a claim and where you can turn for assistance.

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Should I Use the Auto Body Shop Recommended by My Insurance Company?

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.

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What You Need to Know When Buying Auto Insurance

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:

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Should I Repair My Car or Keep the Cash?

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:

  1. Repair your vehicle
  2. 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!

Collision vs. Comprehensive Coverage—What’s the Difference?

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?

Car Insurance Myths and Facts

Car insurance may be one of the biggest mysteries of the modern automotive world. What is/is not covered varies with every single policy, every single driver. If you don’t do your own research, it’s easy to believe that what’s true for someone else is true for you…and that leads to a lot of myths that need to be corrected.

Myth #1: Every accident will raise your premiums.

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Car Broken Down? Don’t Over-Pay for a Tow!

towingThere 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!