Confused about how the auto body repair process works especially when it comes to getting an estimate? Here are tips on what to expect when getting a collision repair estimate.
According to an article at gasqcollision.com, “No More Confusion Behind an Auto Body Estimate”
“If you’ve been involved in a collision, the first step in the auto body repair process is getting a collision repair estimate.
If an insurance company is involved, it will have an adjuster write an estimate. You may also choose to have one or more collision repair estimates written by the body shops you are considering using. Since there is generally an accepted correct way to repair the body and paint damage your vehicle has sustained, you might expect the repair prices to be very similar from one estimate to the next. But oftentimes this is not the case, and there are notable cost differences between body shop estimates. Why is this so?
Why Body Shop Estimates May Differ
1. Different types of parts are used in the repair estimate.
This usually causes the biggest difference in collision repair estimate pricing. The use of new OEM, recycled, or aftermarket parts (discussed in this post on types of collision repair parts) will have a substantial impact on the cost of repair.The insurance company may want to use a different type of part than you would choose, and different body shops may use different types of parts as the default choice in their estimates. It is wise for you to understand the benefits and costs of the different types of collision parts that could be used to fix your car before you authorize the repair.” To read the entire article click here.