A vehicle accident creates a lot of stress for victims. They must often deal with doctor’s appointments, insurance companies, police reports, and an auto body service shop. In addition, they must find a way of transportation while the vehicle is being repaired.
Repairs due to a car wreck often cost thousands of dollars. Smart vehicle owners use a repair facility that comes highly recommended. The insurance company may have an authorized repair facility they prefer to work with, but that is no guarantee you will get the best job done there.
As with other types of repair work, a facility that others recommend highly may do the best job. Ask around the circle of friends, coworkers and neighbors for recommendations of shops that have provided satisfactory work. The internet might let you read a few customer reviews.
When arriving at the facility for the estimate, take time to learn other information about it. Look for their business license prominently displayed. Ask how long the company has been in business and the length of time they have been in business at the current location. Meet the facility’s general manager if possible and ask about his or her skills in repairing vehicles as well as in management. When managers or owners do not have a background in the field, they may not have the experience to ensure quality work.
The number of employees working in the office is an indicator of overhead. If there are a large number of office workers, the facility may charge more for repairs.
Before granting the authority to work on a vehicle, inquire about warranties. There should be at least a one-year warranty offered on parts and labor. For the paint job, three years is ideal. However, vehicle owners should be cautious of auto body service shop offering lifetime warranties as they are often filled with exclusions.
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