The Auto Body Repair Process
Following a car crash you will likely be thrown into a whirlwind of paperwork and policies. You may have to connect with the police, file healthcare and health insurance claims, file a car insurance claim, obtain legal assistance and of course schedule auto body repair. While getting answers about some of the aforementioned can be rather difficult, auto body repair takes a more straightforward approach. Let's remove the mystery of the collision repair process, shall we?
Contact your insurance
If you've been involved in an accident it is a good idea to contact your insurance company before leaving the scene of the wreck. Doing so will ensure that you have done everything you need to do regarding your new claim while still on location, such as gathering evidence or filing a police report.
Identify a reputable auto body shop
Your insurance agent may recommend a couple auto body shops to take your vehicle to for a collision estimate and repair. It is important to note that you are not required to use any of these businesses, as you have the legal right to select any body shop of your choice. However, insurance recommended shops have proven they are highly capable, so always take them into consideration. Also look into certain qualifications, such as ASE certifications or I-CAR Gold Class, as these indicate a shop is well versed in their industry.
Schedule an auto body repair estimate
Once you have found an auto body shop that you would most like to work with you will need to schedule an estimate. An estimate informs your insurance company of approximately how much it needs to pay out from your policy in order to have the fixes completed. This is a necessary step for moving forward with an insurance claim, though a reputable car body shop will handle the insurance paperwork for you.
Have the repairs completed
Once everything is approved by you and the insurance company the repairs will be completed. The actual repair process for your vehicle will vary depending on the type of damage it has received. For example, a vehicle that has suffered frame damage may take longer to properly repair than a car with only cosmetic issues.
Pick up your car
Once the car has been returned to a safe and reliable condition, as well as aesthetically pleasing, it will be ready for pickup!
If you're searching for a trustworthy auto body shop in Houston to handle your vehicle's collision repair needs, reach out to U.S. Auto Connection. Our I-CAR Gold Class shop is staffed by a team of ASE certified technicians who can complete any repair necessary to restore your vehicle to its pre-accident condition. Give us a call at (281) 729-5347 to learn more about our services or to schedule an estimate for expert collision repair in Houston or the surrounding communities.
U.S. Auto Connection Blog
Posted: October 10, 2020
Written and Published By MORBiZ