You’ve been in an accident and the insurance company has provided you with their preferred insurance company. You aren’t required to utilize the shop that they require, but it is important to do your research when looking for an alternative shop. In most cases the insurance companies select auto body shops due to having a negotiated rate for labor and parts that is much lower than standard shops. They also tend to make sure that the shop passes the required certifications and provide a lifetime warranty on their work. This can be a benefit for yourself with the latter two, but all factors benefit the insurance company.
When looking for an insurance company it is best to look around at different sites that provide quality comments such as Yelp, AngiesList, or Google reviews. Now it is more often than not that someone will post a negative review than a positive review but using your judgement should be able to ascertain the general quality of the shop. The best way to perform this is to pay closer attention to reviews that have been thought out versus short and non-thought provoking. Sometimes individuals are quick to write out of anger before for whatever the reason may be.
The second major factor to look at when you are researching an auto body shop is to find one that not only provides you with a life time warranty on their work. Another important factor is to make sure that their work will not void any remaining manufacturer’s warranty such as Patrick’s Auto Body. Insurance companies will sometimes advise they use aftermarket parts that can void your warranty. If they will not back down demand that the insurance company writes a warranty that is equivalent to your manufacturer’s warranty.
Once you have narrowed down the list of potential shops you will want to get at least three written estimates. Make sure that the shops know that you are price shopping and selective. This will provide a much better quote when your process has been completed. It is very important that you make sure that all quotations and commitments are done in writing so that you have proof if you ever need it in the future.