6 Auto Body Repair Myths that Won’t Die
Don’t be Fooled by these Auto Body Repair Myths
Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic event. Aside from physical injuries, you will also have to deal with the damage done to your vehicle. Going through the process of auto repair is inconvenient enough. Don’t make it worse by going about it the wrong way and believing one of these 6 auto body repair myths.
Here are the most common misconceptions about auto repair. Make sure you are aware of what is real and what is a myth so you can avoid the usual mistakes that result from being guided by the wrong assumptions.
Myth 1: You are required to use your insurance company’s repair shop.
It is standard practice for insurance companies to provide you with a list of shops where you can take your vehicle for repair. It has to be stressed, though, that it is just a recommendation, and might be truly helpful especially if you are not familiar with the location of repair shops in your area. If you already have a particular shop in mind (like Big Sky Collision Center), however, you should just go for it because ultimately, the final decision will be up to you. It’s your right to choose, and forcing you to do otherwise is illegal. Just remember that if you choose a shop which isn’t affiliated with your insurance company, settlement of your claim may take longer because it might require involving a third-party appraiser to estimate the damage.
Myth 2: You need to get at least 3 estimates before the repair process can move forward.
One estimate is enough, you do not need to trouble yourself with getting more estimates than that. In case there’s a difference between the estimate you got from your chosen repair shop versus the estimate given by your insurance company, your insurance provider should initiate a negotiation with the auto body shop so a fair price can be agreed upon.
Myth 3: Your insurance company will cover all damage and repairs.
The cost of damage and repairs that your insurance company will be liable for depends on the type of policy you have and the extent of its coverage. It is your responsibility to know the conditions of your policy so that there will be no surprises when you need to make use of it. Keep in mind also that your insurance company is only required to cover the cost for restoring your vehicle to its pre-accident condition. This means that if there are repairs which improve your car’s condition, you will be charged with what is referred to as a “betterment fee”. For example, if your old car battery needed to be replaced with a new one because it got damaged during the accident, your car’s condition will have been improved by this, therefore, you will be charged with a portion of the cost.
Myth 4: Only your dealer is capable of properly repairing your car.
While you can be sure that your dealer will use OEM parts specifically for your vehicle, it doesn’t mean that it is only your dealer who can get such parts. Besides, your insurance policy might not even cover OEM parts for your repair. What’s more important is that you find a repair shop that will make the effort to restore your car to as close as its pre-accident condition as possible, getting good quality replacement parts, although not necessarily OEM parts. Here at Big Sky Collision Center we don’t settle for cheap parts. We make sure to only use the highest quality, and sometimes that means we have to take extra time to work with your insurance to ensure your safety.
Myth 5: Your insurance company won’t warranty the work if you don’t use their repair shop.
This is absolutely untrue. Besides the fact that your insurance company does not have the right to dictate which repair shop you should go to, it is not your insurance company who will guarantee the work done on your vehicle. It is the auto body shop who did the repair, therefore it is the auto body shop who will warranty the work. Before choosing a shop then, part of your research should be finding out if the shop provides warranty for their work. If not, you’ll be better off finding another one that does. We stand behind all of our work, who wouldn’t?
Myth 6: After an accident, your car will never be the same.
Although your vehicle may have been seriously damaged after an accident, if you are able to choose a good repair shop, you shouldn’t worry too much that your car can’t be restored to the way it was. If they use the right parts, the right repair techniques, and the right people, you can reasonably expect that after the repair, your vehicle will be back to its previous condition. We make sure to test everything about your car before turning it back over to you. This way you know that you have a car that is fully functioning, meets all safety standards, and isn’t going to fall apart on you while you drive home.
Big Sky Collision Center is Your Auto Body Shop in Billings
Here at Big Sky Collision we are founded on integrity. We know that you have choices, and we want to earn your business. To do that we make sure that every employee is trained as a leader. They take ownership, and you get a better service and product because of it. Don’t settle for less than the best!
Come see our auto body shop in Billings on 4th and 15th downtown!