Getting “Several Estimates” is surely not the best method to select a competent collision repairer. The collision industry is a highly competitive industry and as in most professions, not all participants conduct themselves ethically.
First of all, running around getting estimates is time consuming to both the consumer and the repair professional and is a waste of gas. An estimate before the vehicle is disassembled is only a "guest-a-mate." The more serious cost and damages are usually located where you can't see until disassembly has been completed. New vehicles are much more complicated and there is a lot behind those plastic bumpers and other outer panels.
Know that all body shops are not alike! Consumers should do their
A hit and run accident is any accident in which a driver intentionally leaves the scene without providing contact information.
Examples of hit and run accidents include:
A car hits you and speeds off.
A driver hits your unattended parked car and leaves no contact information or way of collecting damages.
What to Do After a Hit and Run Accident
While you’ll likely will be feeling stressed if you’re a victim of a hit and run, it will help to stay as calm as possible and gather as much information as you can.
Having more information:
Increases the chances that the police will catch the driver who hit you.
Helps your car insurance company make decisions about your claim.
First, get as much information as you can about the car
Many cars require special equipment to be repaired properly, how important is this? Well, if your vehicle requires welding and the wrong welder is used it will weaken the structure of your vehicle. In the unfortunate event of another accident the air bag systems and other safety devices will not respond in the proper time and serious physical injuries can occur.
Ask your collision repair shop if welding is required? Will your repairs require (squeeze type resistance spot welding) STRSW with a two phase or 3 phase inverter welder? Will mig welding or pulse mig welding be required? Does the OEM " original equipment manufacturer, " require pulse Silicon bronze welding? Will panel weld bonding be used?
Is the panel to be welded or Rivet bonded?
Do they have the proper equipment an