How to Protect Yourself During the Auto Body Repair Process
Not sure what the next step is after the an auto collision? Learn what auto experts suggest when finding an auto body repair shop, but of course remember that you have the choice on which auto body shop will do the repairs.
According to an article at sunjournal.com, “Auto Collision Process Tips”
“It happens quickly. You’re driving through an intersection and someone tries to run a red light. Cars collide. Cars get damaged. Hopefully, no drivers are injured. Police authorities are called and an accident report is completed. Too bad, that’s not the end of the story.
What do you do next?
Repair experts agree that you should call your insurance agent or company to report the incident as soon as possible. More often, the immediate concern is whether the vehicle is safe to drive from the scene of the accident.
“I suggest that if it looks okay, but doesn’t feel okay, then you shouldn’t drive the vehicle,” said Sherry Lavoie, location manager for Moody’s Collision Centers on Main Street in Lewiston. “If you feel unsafe, most insurance companies will pay for a tow.”
As the repair process begins, every insurance company has their own guidelines. Some will have the vehicle owner visit a drive-in claims center before bringing the vehicle to a repair center. Others may have their own adjusters look at the vehicle to determine the amount of damage while others may encourage one or more repair estimates.
“A collision center can help sort out details with the insurance company and help the process run smoothly,” said Wayne Williams, marketing and advertising coordinator for DNK Select Cars & Trucks in Farmingdale.
According to the Federal Trade Commission’s website, “Before you arrange to have any work performed, ask how the shop prices its work. Some shops charge a flat rate for labor on auto repairs. This published rate is based on an independent or manufacturer’s estimate of the time required to complete repairs. Others charge on the basis of the actual time the technician worked on the repair.”
“Many insurance companies have preferred providers that they recommend for service,” noted Williams. “I always suggest that customers consider that option, but they should shop around for a repair shop that they feel comfortable with.” To read the entire article click here.
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