Being involved in an auto collision can be a very stressful experience, from medical costs, vehicle damage, and not being able to have your own car. All of these factors can take a toll on an individual, and while getting a car estimate can seem overwhelming it is a crucial step to get you back on the road.
Therefore, we’ve laid out three tips to make your search for car estimates is as smooth as possible to get you back on the road with the best quality service without any delays.
Research Body & Paint Shops
Before going out and getting estimates after an auto collision, the first thing you need to do is start researching for any reputable body and paint shops around you. Look at pictures and reviews online for their recent work and even ask around to find out what their reputation is like. In today’s digital world, there’s a plethora of resources available that allow consumers to shop around for the right body shop for repair, such as Yelp or Angie’s List.
Ideally, you’ll want a body and paint shop that is I-CAR Gold certified. This certification comes from the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, which is the head of the collision repair industry. An I-CAR Gold certified shop shows that the work performed will be of the best quality by qualified technicians with the most up to date technology and knowledge.
Do Not Focus On Price Alone
While trying to save money can be tempting, focusing on price alone when choosing a car estimate might not be the best choice. High estimates do not necessarily mean you are being overcharged and low estimates can sometimes mean subpar quality.
If your insurance company offers their own body and paint shop with a low estimate be cautious, as this might mean inferior service you might not end up happy with. Therefore instead of focusing on price alone compare estimates by the services provided along with the quality and reputation of the shop.
Avoid Online Estimators
While it is natural to look to Google for answers after experiencing an accident, commuters should proceed with caution. There are plenty of online estimators who are willing to give you an estimated cost to repair the vehicle, but their estimates tend to not be entirely accurate due to not inspecting the car in person. By taking your vehicle to a repair shop, they can accurately assess the damage incurred cosmetically and internally, and give you a more accurate number.
Get Back On the Road With Ric’s Body & Paint
Whether you have minor dents and dings or full-on collision damage, our experienced technicians will carefully repair or replace all damaged parts, bringing your vehicle back to the manufacturer’s specifications.
Our collision repair services include I-CAR Gold Class–certified repair technicians, State-of-the-art equipment, computerized frame and alignment check to manufacturer’s specs, and a lifetime warranty on repairs as long as you own the vehicle.
Contact us today for a free estimate!