If you’ve recently been in an accident, you may be unsure of how to go about having your car repaired. You don’t know if you should trust your insurance company. You don’t know which mechanic you should go to. Basically, you need some help. In this article, we offer you some pointers on how to get your car repaired without being taken advantage of.
- Your insurance company will likely give you a list of their Direct Repair Shops. You should know that you are not obligated to use these shops. You are the vehicle’s owner and can choose any repair facility you want. Your insurance company cannot require you to go to any particular shop.
- The insurance company may have told you that if you use a shop of your own choice, you may have to pay more for repairs and may not get a lifetime guarantee. This is not true. All repair shops work with the insurance company to negotiate the proper repair of your vehicle.
- It is common for there to be differences in repair estimates from one shop compared to another. A lower initial estimate may not have included all the necessary work. Once the car is taken apart during the repair process, the insurance company is called to look at the vehicle in order to authorize the payment of additional work.
Here is a list of the proper equipment your shop should have in order to adequately repair your vehicles:
- Unibody frame repair bench.
- Three dimensional measuring system.
- Compression resistance spot welder to duplicate factory welding techniques.
- Computerized four wheel alignment machine to complete the repair by discovering damage to the suspension system that was caused indirectly by the accident.
- Proper paint mixing that is able to color match your vehicle.
- Factory, ASE, certified or I-CAR trained technicians.
If you’re interested in finding more information on what to do following your car accident, you should visit the car accident law articles section of this website, where we are constantly adding new information on how you can make the bets of a bad situation.