Tips For Your First Time Using A Collision Repair Shop
Just about everyone deals with minor cosmetic issues with their vehicle over time but maybe you've been lucky and avoided a major accident… until just now. If you have a vehicle in serious need of collision repair, you are likely looking around at your options. Before you move forward, here are some tips to keep in mind in order to keep your costs down and ensure you have a good experience during your first time using an auto collision repair shop.
Document the Damage for Insurance Purposes
Before you take your car into a shop, make sure you have photos of all of the damage, and be sure to contact your insurance provider if the repairs are going to be covered. You may need or want to submit the photos as part of your insurance claim as they can verify the damage and serve as evidence to ensure you are fully covered by your provider. You can also ask your insurance provider if they recommend an auto collision repair shop in the area.
You Have the Right to Shop Around
While your insurance provider can give you the name of a local shop they recommend, you are not obligated to take your car to that shop. Some shops that work with your insurance provider might be easier for you because they will bill the insurance company instead of you but you also have the option of getting your car fixed somewhere else, paying the invoice, and then getting the invoice reimbursed by your insurance provider.
Seek Out Certified Experts
If you are going to shop around, make sure the shop has certified technicians for your brand of car. This could be especially important if your car is a luxury brand, an electric vehicle, or any kind of vehicle with more high-end or special features. Your insurance provider may also want to see that the shop is certified by the manufacturer if they are going to reimburse you for your invoice after the repairs are done.
Confirm Original Parts
Some people choose to go with aftermarket or used auto parts if they are paying for the collision repair out of pocket. This could be an option for you if you know your insurance provider won't cover the repair for some reason. But if the repair is going to be covered, make sure you get OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer parts. This provides more reliability and peace of mind for the future and may also be required by your insurance provider.
Reach out to a collision repair shop to learn more.