Even the world’s best driver can have an accident. But like we always say, it’s not failure that matters, but rising up. If your car is wrecked by a collision, you look for the best auto body shop in town to repair it. It won’t be easy, but it can be easier with a few tips.
First of all, don’t restrict yourself to just one auto body shop. Have options and compare them. Check if the other party’s insurance covers the damage. 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 party has no insurance or if you were at fault in the accident, your insurance company will pay to repair all damaged vehicles. Aim not only for a great deal but also great quality repairs.
If two shops are saying two different things, look for a third shop and listen to their recommendations. 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 Is Key
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 people around you – relatives, friends, colleagues, etc. – may provide referrals.
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. We can often learn from other people’s experiences.
Parts and Materials
On top of the total cost, you also have to know what parts will be used for to fix your car. In most cases, auto body shops will repair cars to a point that the damage will look like it never existed. Find out what parts and paint, among other things will be used in the process.
You’ll have to spend a little time searching for a good auto body shop, but this can spare you from future headaches. Paying a little more is better if it means you’ll get superior quality service in exchange.