Tips for Repairing Your Vehicle After a Car AccidentNovember 14, 2019
Any car accident can be a headache, even a minor fender bender. You need to deal with the insurance company, seek medical care when you are hurt, and finally, get your car repaired. Knowing where to start and who to trust to repair your vehicle is not always easy. The following tips will get your car back as good as new.
Finding a Repair Shop
To ensure your vehicle performs its very best after an accident, you need to find an established, trustworthy person to repair it. While the insurance company is often quick to recommend the most affordable option, they do not always perform the best work. It is a good idea to check out consumer reviews and verify the mechanic is automotive service excellence certified. Before any work begins, review the terms of your warranty and ask for new replacement auto parts directly from the manufacturer.
Get Reliable Estimates
Most mechanics recommended by insurance companies work for the lowest price in return for continued referrals. That can be a red flag. When it comes to your vehicle, paying for expert service is always money well spent. Obtain estimates from at least three well-known, established repair shops for an idea of what the work will cost. You should be the one to decide where the car will be fixed, not an insurance company focused only on the bottom line.
Do Not Let the Insurance Company Stall the Process
Do not let an insurance company’s delay in getting estimates or inspections hold you up; you can still go ahead with repairs. Give them a week or so to start the process. If you can afford to pay for the work up front, choose a mechanic with a fair estimate that you trust to repair your car. If repairs are done before you settled on an amount with the insurance company, know there is less incentive for them to settle quickly. Once you get your car back, they no longer have to reimburse you for a rental or public transportation. If your bill is more than the insurance company is willing to pay, the remainder comes out of your own pocket.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Injured Car Accident Victims
A serious car accident can impact your life in many ways. There is the initial trauma and stress during the crash and the pain and injuries that make daily activities more challenging. If you were injured in a car accident, the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton will manage every step of your personal injury claim to make sure you receive all the damages you are entitled to under the law. We will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve so you can focus on your recovery. Call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online for a free consultation today.
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