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How to Choose an Auto Body Shop

Even the world’s best driver can have an accident. But as they say about life, it’ s not about falling, but picking yourself up. If your car is wrecked by a collision, you look for the best auto body shop in town to repair it. It’s not that easy, but it can get easier if you keep a few things in mind.

Shop Comparison

First of all, don’t restrict yourself to just one auto body shop. Look for options and compare them. See if the damage is covered by the other party’s insurance. 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. The same rules should be followed if you’ll be footing the bill. 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. You should aim not just for a good price but also quality repairs.

If two shops are saying two different things, look for a third shop and listen to their recommendations. If two or three shops have the same take, you can be more confident as you decide which shop wins your business.

Research Is Key

Using Google maps or any mapping software, look for repair shops in your area and go through reviews on them. You can also use the Yellow Pages and start calling shops you’re interested in. Or people around you – relatives, friends, colleagues, etc. – may provide referrals.

Though it shouldn’t be your primary consideration when deciding on a shop, cost is nonetheless a crucial point.

Aside from researching shops, it may also be wise to research your vehicle. 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/Materials

Aside from the overall cost, you also need to know what type of parts will be used for the repair. Auto body shops normally perform repairs that make it look like no accident ever occurred. Check what replacement parts and paint, among other things, are going to be used.

Finding the right body shop to repair your car after an accident can take a little of your time, but it can save you cash and headaches in the future. It’s better to pay a little more if that will mean that you will get quality service in return.

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