From the Blog
Selecting a Body Shop and Steering
What you should know and are not being told by that Gecko or Flo
So you have had in accident with your car in Dallas Texas or surrounding community, now what? First thing you do is call your insurance company to begin the claims process, to start your road back to automotive recovery. That silly Gecko and Flo act like they are your best friends and life and auto collision repair is so easy. We can get you back on the road and make life easy. Well guess what, they are not being completely honest. Not a single insurance company is being honest. And for that matter many collision centers and body shops in Dallas, Texas are not being honest either. They are wanting to lead you down a golden path and money saving tools for them, that leave you and your vehicle short changed. Their business model is to collect premiums and pay out very little in claims. They implement a process and procedure designed to save them money. Money and repair processes owed to you. A proper repair with new parts and a pre-loss condition result. They do this they say to save you money. But why is it when you have a claim, they raise your rates. Why is it that when they use these Concierge and Express programs, they never give you a refund?
Most “independent” shops are different and for good reason. We do not get in bed with insurance companies. We do not let them dictate the process and the results. We are an advocate for the consumer. I personally count it as a blessing to fix cars and help people. We do it, day in an day out many times at no financial gain; by just talking and sharing our experience and knowledge at no charge. Our advice is always free! We do it to help you through a process that is foreign and not an everyday affair to have your car fixed after an accident. We do it, because we truly want what is best for you. And the strangest part is that if the free market was really at work and everyone paid out of pocket for repairs and no insurance was involved, the chain stores would be out of business. The quality of work alone would be enough to close their doors!
What is important to know is that “steering” is illegal. An insurance company should not tell you that by going to any shop you choose, it will be a negative. To say a shop is “not on the program” or not preferred should be of no consequence. You tell them where you are going and who you want them to work with, end of story! They have a right to inspect the vehicle prior to any work being done or any claims being paid. Under the law, they only have so many days to look at the car. They must respond to your desire. There is a tremendous amount of “gray” to this conversation and information that could fill volumes of books. But in the end, you have a consumer bill of rights, you have choices and you should know that any independent auto body shop you choose, have your best interest in mind. We do at Hance’s. We give you options and information. The most important thing you can have when it come to your car and you! -Rob aka Car Nut Dallas