Being involved in a car accident, whether it was your fault or not, is a scary experience. On top of dealing with any injuries you may have, you have to worry about getting your vehicle fixed. If you’ve been in an accident before, you know how much red tape dealing with the insurance companies can involve. You have to first bring your car in for an estimate, wait for the estimate, then make an appointment for the repairs.
Well, one part of that process should be easy. Here at Hance’s Uptown Collision Center, we offer a mobile estimating app for your convenience. No need to always come in: now we can send you a link so you can get a preliminary estimate from the comfort of your home.
Here are some tips for getting a vehicle repair estimate after being in a car accident. Often times, the car insurance companies drag their heels during the estimate process, so here’s how to protect yourself against a low-ball offer.
1. Get a Quality Estimate
Take the time to get a thorough, quality estimate, not just an easy one. After your accident, seek out estimates for repairing vehicle damage only from places where you intend to have the repair done. It’s always helpful to have a trusted mechanic in your back pocket for situations like these. If you don’t, you’ll have to do your research. Ask around, go online, visit some shops, and ask questions.
Make sure that the repair shop is qualified and experienced in finding and assessing all the damage. The estimate quoted should be an amount that’s sufficient to repair the car to the highest standards. If a piece of business equipment or a vehicle is damaged, for example, get your estimate from a factory-authorized repair facility. Here at Hance’s, we are an I-CARTM and ASETM certified garage.
2. Be Mindful of Delays
The technicians at Hance’s will do their part to move the process along. We work for you, negotiating with Insurance companies on your behalf. We never enter into contracts that put either you or us at a disadvantage. That being said, we can’t always help delays by the insurance companies. Be mindful of these delays and stay in touch with your insurance company if you have questions about the process.
The insurance company should inspect your vehicle within a week or so after the accident. Get written estimates and do all you can to move things along smoothly. Provide any information needed. Answer all questions.
The end goal is to get reimbursement from the insurance company as soon as possible so you can get the repair done and move on with your life. Wait for the reimbursement check before getting any work done on your car. Find out if they will pay for alternative transportation, such as a rental car, while yours is being fixed.
Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas
Hance Paint and Body Service can address all your repair needs in one place. Contact us to book an appointment for an estimate or check out our new mobile app.