How to Choose an Auto Body Shop
Even the world’s best driver can have an accident. And, as we usually say, it’s not the falling that makes a difference, but the rising up. When your car is wrecked after a collision, you find the best auto body shop in town to restore it. It’s not that easy, but it can get easier if you keep a few things in mind.
First of all, don’t restrict yourself to just one auto body shop. Have options and compare them. See if the damage is covered by the other party’s insurance. If the accident wasn’t your fault and the other motorist has insurance, expect their policy to pay the least possible.
Now determine if your own insurance can cover the accident. If you’re paying for repairs, similar guidelines must be followed. If the other driver is uninsured or if you caused the accident, your insurer will take care of all damaged vehicles. Aim not only for a great deal but also great quality repairs.
If two different shops tell different tales, go to a third shop, have the damage checked out and see what they have to say. If at least two or three places are singing the same tune, you can more confidently decide where to actually get your car fixed.
Research Does It
With the help of Google maps or any other mapping program, scan your area for repair shops, and read reviews about them. You can also check the Yellow Pages and call a few shops you’re that catch your interest. Or ask people around you for referrals – friends, relatives, coworkers, etc..
Obviously, while cost should not be your main consideration for choosing a shop, it is an important issue nonetheless.
Aside from the shop, you may also want to research a bit on your car make and model. Most likely, someone with the same vehicle and dealing with the same damage may have talked about this somewhere online. It usually pays to listen to the experiences of others.
Aside from the overall cost, you also need to know what type of parts will be used for the repair. Auto body shops usually perform repairs that make it appear like the car was never damaged. Check what replacement parts and paint, among other things, are going to be used.
Finding the right body shop to repair your car after an accident can take a little of your time, but it can save you cash and headaches in the future. Paying a little more is better if it means you’ll get superior quality service in exchange.