So, you were just in an accident, or maybe you were just caught in severe weather, or even the victim of vandalism to your vehicle. But you’re in need of repair, so you go to your insurance company to start the claim process.
When choosing an auto repair shop, you do have two options when it comes to getting your car repaired: to go to an insurance-recommended body shop or one that might not be on their list of partner repair centers. It’s totally up to you, and your claim will process in the same fashion, regardless of the auto repair shop you choose.
You can use whichever mechanic you’d like, even if you are filing a claim through your insurance company.
But before you make the decision, there are a few things that are important to consider.
Using an Insurance-Recommended Body Shop
One of the main draws to going with an auto body shop on your insurer’s list is that to be referred by an insurance company, the body shop has to offer a lifetime warranty. Knowing this, there are many repair centers that still offer a lifetime warranty, not for the means of partnering with insurance companies, but just simply to back their quality of service and equipment used on your vehicle.
Another selling point to choosing a repair shop based on your insurer’s list of partners is that they’re familiar with working with each other, so it may be easier and faster to process your auto body repair insurance claim and get your repairs taken care of.
However, the majority of expert auto body shops do specialize in working with a variety of different insurance agencies and likely won’t interfere with the claims process. They’ll want to take care of the insurance claim quickly and conveniently to get you back on the road and provide you with a good experience – helping them become your trusted repair center for any future needs. So, even if a particular shop isn’t on the list, the claim experience can still be hassle-free.
Using a Repair Shop Outside of Insurance Referrals
There’s nothing wrong with doing a little more research past the list your insurance agent provides and checking other sources for experience-driven feedback of a shop’s reputation if you’re interested. Look at legitimate reviews online, testimonials and recommendations from your friends and family are other ways of finding authentic auto shop referrals that can repair your vehicle.
Do they have experience working on your type of car?
How long have they been in business?
Have they worked with your insurance company before?
What is the likelihood that the estimate will go up once the repairs have started?
All in all, no body shop can be in contract with all auto repair insurance companies under the sun, so if the shop you choose isn’t on your insurance’s list of recommendations, it doesn’t mean it’s not a good choice.
At Auto Body Evolution, we take pride in making every effort to provide your insurance company with the information needed to process your insurance claim quickly, fairly, and with ease, while we are repairing your vehicle with gold standard equipment and processes. Learn more about the #1 place for auto body repair in Maryland.
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