If you have ever been in an accident, then you know it can be a trying and difficult time. This is especially true when it comes to finding an auto body shop to have the needed auto repairs made. Obviously, you need to make sure to find a shop that has your best interests at heart and is not simply in the back pocket of the insurance companies. The best course is to do whatever possible to avoid an accident in the first place, but ‘stuff’ happens. To that end, you must ensure that whatever body work is performed on your vehicle is actually ‘good’ work.
Auto Body Repair:
The first step to having any covered auto body repair is to obtain a written estimate. This means first speaking with your insurance company to find out any requirements they may have including a list of ‘approved’ shops that already meet these guidelines. Of course, you should also shop around. Even with insurance, these repairs can be expensive. Make sure that any additional costs (sometimes once work is started it leads to additional damage being discovered) will be included in a supplemental estimate.
Tips for Avoiding Accidents:
There really is much that can be done to avoid accidents. The first and most important thing you can do to avoid an accident is keeping your vehicle well-maintained. When driving, however, always keep your eyes on the road and avoid distractions like using a cell phone. Also, it is not a good idea to change CD’s or put make-up on while driving.
Never ever drink and drive, either. Not only is this illegal, but it tends to slow down your reaction time and distorts or impairs judgment. Drugs and alcohol may also impair vision, making it much harder to make the proper driving decisions. Plus, the penalties can be severe for doing so.
What to Do After an Accident:
The most important thing to do after an accident is to stay calm. Make sure that you are all right; if you are injured call an ambulance. If you are physically able and safe, then check on other passengers and drivers for injuries. If the accident is minor, then move vehicles to a safe position, out of the line of traffic. Call the police and notify your insurance company as soon as possible.
Try to write down notes about the accident including specific damages to all vehicles involved, witnesses (and their information), any unusual conditions, etc. Do not sign any document unless it is for the police and required. Never admit fault for the accident on the scene, even if you think it is your fault. When talking with the police and other drivers (be sure to exchange insurance information), be polite but state only the facts.
Danger of Bad Body Work:
Bad body work can be a major problem. In some cases, inferior parts are used and they end up failing of breaking, causing even more damage. Fortunately, being careful in the beginning stages of this process can help to avoid bad body work. Good body shop repairs can be assured by shopping around, ensuring the mechanics are qualified to perform the specific work/repairs, and following up to ensure that the proper parts are being used. Keeping this and all of the above tips in mind will make sure that your vehicle is repaired properly and perhaps you avoid the entire accident in the first place.
Written John Walbridge is an experienced Internet Sales Manager at Bloomington Ford Lincoln. John handles the day to day Internet and digital activities for the dealership. Bloomington Ford Lincoln serves Greenwood, Martinsville, Bedford and all of Indianapolis, Indiana.