Being involved in an accident is a stressful time. If you need your car daily, you likely want the auto body repairs made quickly. Many insurance companies will recommend certain repair shops to you, but you have a choice on where you want your car repaired.
It is beneficial to understand what the recommendation means for the repairs to your vehicle. One aspect to keep in mind is that you want certified collision repair when choosing a repair shop. That means the technicians have been trained by the manufacturer to know how to properly repair that specific model of vehicle.
What a Recommendation Means
Insurance companies have a list of body shops they have established relationships with and will recommend those shops for repairs. Keep in mind that your insurance provider cannot make you go to the recommended shop. You may feel a bit pressured to choose one of those shops, but again, it is your choice.
The recommended shops typically meet the insurance company’s deadline to repair the car quickly and keep costs low. Faster is not always better. Additionally, if the payment to the shop is low from the insurance agency, the collision center could potentially use cheaper parts to offset the low payment. If you decide to use a recommended shop, ask questions to know more about the quality of repairs you will receive.
The Guarantee of a Recommendation
Choosing to use the auto body repair shop recommended by your insurance provider may have some benefits. In many cases, the insurance company will guarantee the repairs made to your vehicle as long as you own it. Should the repairs not hold up after a certain period, the repairs can be fixed at no additional cost to you.
ProCare Automotive & Collision is a preferred body shop with most insurance companies, but we work with any insurance agency. We use parts recommended by the automaker and we don’t substitute with cheaper parts to offset a low payment from the insurance agency. Our goal is to always provide the highest quality repairs and make the process efficient so you can get back on the road.