Common Myths About Collisions & Insurance Companies
Have you been in an accident? Here are some common myths you need to know the truth about:
MYTH: You don’t have the RIGHT to CHOOSE who works on your vehicle. Some insurance companies often try to steer you toward a “preferred” body shop however you do have the right to choose. Here is the information as it appears on the California Department of Insurance’s website:
“Choice of Auto Repair Shops”
Some insurance companies also say that they will not guarantee the car repairs if the body shop goes out of business. Rest assured that we have been in business for over 33 years, and we will be around for another 33! Make sure that when you make your choice, you choose a shop that offers the highest possible quality to you, the customer — not the insurance company!
MYTH: You need at least 3 quotes. Another common myth is that you need to obtain three quotes from different body shops before you can begin work, but actually, you only need one. After you get a quote and provide authorization, it’s up to your vehicle repair facility of choice and your insurance company to assess the damage. There’s often more than one exchange between the insurance company and the repair facility to provide an accurate and complete estimate. The repair facility you choose will disassemble your vehicle, possibly revealing other hidden damage, and will contact your insurance company to report on your vehicle’s exact needs.