The owner of the vehicle always has the right to pick where the vehicle will be repaired. Insurance companies will often provide you with contact information for two or more reputable body shops in your area to complete your vehicle’s collision repairs, if you do not have a preferred shop. Insurance companies have labor and parts figures to which they adhere too and the preferred shops have that information. Are you having trouble filing with your insurance company? Follow this link to learn how to report an auto accident to your insurance company.
Insurance companies will look at ways to save on costs, such as installing aftermarket parts, remanufactured or used parts in place of new parts and performing paintless dent repairs whenever possible. When getting estimates from body shops not on the Insurance Company preferred list, the shop is writing an estimate without knowledge of the Insurance Company requirements. Therefore, the time spent getting multiple estimates from body shops is wasted as the majority of Insurance Company will write their own estimates or sometimes use an appraisal company to write it for them. Most non-preferred body shops will negotiate with Insurance Company on repairs as long as the owner of the vehicle is aware and agrees to the repair method the Insurance Company is requesting. You may want to ask your insurance how to determine who is at fault in an auto accident to better prepare yourself for when accidents happen.
If you have questions regarding your vehicle’s damages or repair method, and need expert body repair services, please contact the Fix Auto team today to be certain your vehicle is fully restored to pre-accident condition.