When you get into a car accident, you should check to see if your car was damaged. If damage did happen, you should document this damage. You can take pictures to do this. Also, you can contact the police to file a report. Then, you should bring the car to a mechanic. The mechanic can give you an estimate of how much it costs to repair your car. Keeping track of this amount will be important if you want to recover damages from the other driver. If the other driver caused the accident, they need to pay to have your car fixed. Learn more about what to do if your car needs to get repaired here.
Taking Your Car To A Body Shop
It isn’t uncommon for damage to happen to a vehicle that cannot be seen from a visual inspection. That is why it is important that you have your vehicle repaired at a body shop that you know and trust. At the body shop, the mechanics identify damage. If they identify more damage to the vehicle once they’ve started repairing it, the body shop contacts the insurance company. Then, the insurance company sends an appraiser out. The appraiser will do a supplemental estimate for the extra damage that was not initially visible. So rest assured that if there is more damage the responsible party will pay for it. This will not fall in your lap.
Choosing A Body Shop
After an accident, having your vehicle repaired is a top priority. If the insurance company tells you that you must have the vehicle repaired at the body shop they choose, don’t listen to them. You have the right to have your vehicle repaired wherever you want. Contact our office and we will make sure that you get the vehicle repaired appropriately.
After you take your car to a mechanic and have it fixed, issues could still happen. Maybe your car was repaired, but it just simply does not drive right. If you notice that your car isn’t the same since the accident, you have two options in this situation. One option we recommend is returning the vehicle to the body shop. You can do this to see if it needs more repairs. A mechanic can give you a new quote if more work can or should be done on the vehicle. If a mechanic recommends more work done on your car, you should talk to your insurance company. You can try to get it fixed again if the mechanic thinks that they can fix the issue. But, this might not help the situation.
If no additional repairs are needed, but the vehicle simply doesn’t work the same as before, we can pursue a claim. This claim would include the diminution of the value of the vehicle on your behalf. This will give you the money to purchase a new car. We will make this part of our claim, and get the compensation you deserve for the damage to your vehicle. To discuss the situation with your car, contact us today.