The stress, anxiety, and frustration you experience after a car crash can all be common problems when you are dealing with a broken vehicle. You must arrange to get repaired, especially if you don't have another mode of transportation. From filing a police report and communicating with the other involved driver, to contacting insurance companies and hiring a reputable auto body shop to restore your vehicle's condition, there is a lot of work that you need to complete. Here are some recommendations to help you during your search for a collision repair center that ca complete the repairs on your vehicle.
Call Your Insurance
After an accident has occurred and your vehicle is damaged, you will need to get it fixed in order to get your transportation back. Hopefully, you have access to a backup vehicle or transportation to drive while you sort out your vehicle's troubles. Call your insurance agent to check on your policy to see if you have coverage for a rental vehicle to help you in the interim. Otherwise, let them know your vehicle's situation and they will help you file a claim and get the process started.
It is really important that you contact your insurance at the beginning so you will know what process and steps you need to take to get with an auto body shop. Some insurance companies will ask you to contact a local body shop that they work with, otherwise they may ask you to get some estimates for the work. When you can get several different estimates for work, you can take your vehicle to shops you know and prefer, then the insurance company will evaluate their costs for repairs and labor and provide you a repair cost.
Your insurance company may also send out their own adjuster to evaluate your vehicle and provide a cost to repair your vehicle. If this occurs, your insurance agent will provide you a claim number which the auto body shop will refer to when they complete the repairs and compile the final bill.
Choose a Shop
If you do not know which collision repair shop to use, you can ask around with friends and family. Or you may know someone who works at an auto body shop and can choose one based on your contact there. The auto body shop you choose should complete reliable and quality work, and they should also warranty their work for a period of time after it is completed.
Be patient once your vehicle is in the shop getting repaired. You can call the body shop periodically to check on its progress, or ask if you can get personalized updates or a timeline for its repair completion. Be ready with your payment including any insurance deductible and pick up your vehicle as soon as it is ready.
Contact a collision center in your area to get your auto body work started today.