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Getting into any kind of car accident is never any fun, regardless of whether it's a light fender-bender or a total wreck. If you will soon need the assistance of a collision repair specialist to help put your vehicle back into one piece, here are some tips that will help ensure quality service for a good price.
Don't Just Go Where You're Told
The first phone call you often make after a wreck is to your auto insurance company. If your vehicle repair will be covered by your policy, your insurer may give you the name of a local auto shop that they recommend for the service.
It's important to note though that you have no legal or other kind of obligation to go to that specific shop. You can take your car to any collision repair specialist you want and get a quote. The only difference is you might have to pay the collision repair shop yourself and then get reimbursed by your insurer later, but that could be well worth it if you believe the service will be better.
Let The Shops Know You Are Looking Around
Don't just sign off on the first estimate you are given, either. Let each shop you go to know that you are interested in the best service for the lowest price and that you are willing to shop around in the area to get what you want. Getting more than one quote might save you money, but it will also allow you to see how the different shops in your area are run so you can make sure you pick one with a good reputation.
Ask for a Clear Breakdown on Parts and Labor
Speaking of that estimate, make sure it is detailed, especially if you have to submit it to your insurer for reimbursement. Each part should be listed individually, as well as each of the labor charges. This will allow you to ensure you are getting quality parts that won't void your car's warranty, and you can make sure you are not paying too much for labor or other fees.
Getting into a car accident is terrible, and you of course will want to get back on the road as soon as you can. But don't just blindly accept the estimate from the first collision repair shop you go to. Be willing to shop around for multiple estimates and get a complete breakdown of everything the repair job will entail, and you'll likely have a better experience in the end.Share