If you have recently been in a car accident, then you’ll need a professional auto body shop to repair your vehicle. An insurance claims adjustor might require you to go to several approved shops before making a decision based on whoever offers the fairest price. Here are a few things to consider before choosing to repair your vehicle at any collision repair center.
Consider the Location of the Body Shop
When looking for a body shop, you should investigate other neighboring areas. Overhead in different regions can greatly affect hourly rates charged for the labor performed on your car. For instance, a mechanic in San Francisco or Berkeley might charge twice as much to perform the same work as a specialist in Concord or Walnut Creek.
Ask the Mechanic the Key Questions
Don’t simply accept the first suitable rate given to you. In addition, the lowest estimate might include cheap parts or other materials. Here are a few other questions to ask the representative:
- Does the shop offer a written warranty? If so, how long does it last and what exactly does it cover?
- If your vehicle requires paint: How many coats of paint and clear coat does the shop use?
- What type of parts does the shop use? Aftermarket, OEM, or genuine?
Get Numerous Estimates
A claims adjustor may ask you to take your car into several different body shops approved by the insurance companies to receive comparable estimates. By getting numerous quotes, you lessen the probability of being overcharged. You shouldn’t always accept the lowest rate for the service could be of a lower quality. However, you could speak with each shop’s representative to negotiate a matching quote.
If you would like to know if our repair shop is approved by your insurance company, contact Jim’s Auto Body at 925-689-6117 in Concord, 925-754-7600 in Antioch or 925-933-2109 in Walnut Creek for a collision repair estimate today.