Need to Quickly Choose an Auto Body Shop?
Getting into an auto accident whether it be a small fender bender or a major collision is an unpleasant situation. Learn tips on how to choose the right auto body shop.
According to an article at abcnews.go.com, “On the Search for an Auto Body
“So this week I crashed my car. I’m perfectly fine and so is the other driver. But my car has some ugly “injuries” and suddenly I have to try to follow the advice I give to consumers all the time. Getting in a car accident is bad enough, but some consumers feel like fate comes crashing down on them a second time when they go to get their car repaired.
Shoddy work. Junkyard parts. Insurance-company influence. But even if your car is a tangle of metal, like something from a bad dream, getting it fixed doesn’t have to be a nightmare. The key is in choosing the right auto body shop. It’s an important choice because for most of us our car is our second biggest investment after our home.
Insurance companies are not supposed to force you to use their chosen shop. That’s called “steering.” But most insurers keep a list of approved shops that they’ve worked with in the past. And it’s one way to narrow your choices down. Once you have that list, ask friends, colleagues — your mechanic — if they can recommend any of the shops on the list. If not, maybe they have another strong recommendation.
Next, check out the reputations of the shops people have recommended by calling or going online. Contact your local Better Business Bureau (BBB), your county consumer affairs office (if there is one) and your state consumer protection office. You should be able to find out the number of complaints, the nature of those complaints and how they were resolved.” To read the entire article click here.