You are running late to an appointment, as you sit at a light waiting, you are solely focused on the red light in front of you and the second that it turns green you let off the breaks and go. Just as you enter the intersection a car from the turning lane hits your back driver side. There is a moment of panic and then stress.
Getting into a car accident is a stressful time. Once you have made sure everyone is okay and assessed the damage, talked to the insurance company, you find yourself at the point where you need to shop around for a collision center to help repair the damage.
The first thing to do when getting auto body estimates is to do your research. This can be a bit of a headache but Tachoir Collision Center is here to help you. We are a well-established collision center that prides itself on quality work through our excellent customer service, fair prices and trained technicians. An established center that provides quality work is what you should look for when getting damage repair estimates from different shops.
Where to Find Car Estimates
Companies like Geico, Farmers and Progressive help to set up a meeting where an estimate can be given to you. These companies work frequently with collision centers and are preferred by the insurance companies.
You can get into contact with your insurance company in a few different ways.
- Through their app
- Through their website
Once you get into contact with them there will be a process that the company follows in order to give you an estimate.
- The claims adjuster will take information about the accident. What happened, other parties insurance information, and the damage that was sustained.
- The adjuster will have you submit pictures of the damage so that an estimate can be calculated.
- Once the appraiser submits their findings to the insurance company you will be provided with an estimate.
- Once the estimate is given to the insurance company the collision center will work with the insurance company to find the price for the repairs.
Ultimately though the collision center that you use is your choice.
This is where the research comes into play. When shopping around you want to find a center that has:
- Good reviews
- Good customer service that helps to make you feel comfortable
You can look online to see what the search engine brings up and begin calling centers to learn more about them and what their method for handling situations like yours is. They should be able to give you a ballpark estimate over the phone or online.
Why Do I Need a Car Body Repair Estimate
Estimates are not just something that insurance companies like to ask for, they also help you to understand what you are going to be spending and why you are spending it. That’s why finding a center you’re comfortable with is important. You want to be able to trust that they are giving you the best pricing, while still doing the best work.
When getting your estimates be sure that a detailed breakdown of the repairs is given to you, in addition to the cost of parts and labor. This detailed breakdown will allow you to see if there are certain areas where you can save money.
Car body repair estimates that you get online are going to be more of a ballpark figure. Simply because you probably don’t know the full extent of the damage. There may be damage hidden that you can not see, so until a technician is able to evaluate the situation you can only guess at the damage.
Hidden damage is handled in a supplement. Which is a claim that is submitted for extra repairs of damage, or damage that was not seen during the initial appraisal. Once the claim is submitted repairs stop until the extra repairs are approved. Once that happens the repair shop will get the go ahead from the insurance company to continue the repairs.
Auto Body Estimate Process
After you’ve shopped around and chosen a collision repair center, you’ll need to make an appointment with a local center in Jefferson Hills. This appointment is not one that you should rush so be prepared to spend some time talking with the technician about the accident and the damage to your vehicle. This will help to ensure that the estimate that they give you is as accurate as possible.
The next thing that a repair center in Jefferson Hills will want to do is inspect your vehicle. This will allow a technician to see if there is any hidden damage under the body damage that needs repairing. After they inspect the vehicle then you will be provided with a detailed list of the repairs that are needed.
At Tachoir during this process you can expect:
- Answers to your questions
- Great customer service
- Car Estimates
- Fair pricing
How Can Tachoir Can Help
Here in Jefferson Hills, PA we want to help make this process as easy and painless as possible. We guarantee that you will receive exceptional customer service. In addition, we can fix your vehicle and provide a lifetime warranty for the work. We work with insurance companies like Geico, Farmers and Progressive as well as many other companies. We can help you with every step of the repair process from getting the best estimate to the repairs, we’re are here to help you.
Contact us today via phone at (412) 233-3196 or come visit us at 100 Tan Alley, Clairton, PA 15025.