It is important for one to know their rights when choosing a body shop in order to get the best service possible. This can be a complex issue because on one hand a person does not want to pay a high price at a super fancy car body shop, and one is probably hesitant to go somewhere that is too cheap to get their car repaired because of the risk of having an unqualified technician ruin the car. When getting a car insurance quote, it may be a good idea to request a copy of a consumer's entitlement in regard to repair of one's vehicle.
It is important to know that the insurance company does not have the right to force people into going to the car body shop that they choose. It is best to get an estimate from a few companies and then go with the shop that both the car owner and insurance company are comfortable with. One of the greatest rewards of having full coverage insurance, as opposed to basic liability, is that the insurance company should cover the damages to one's vehicle. The optimal situation would be to be inconvenienced as little as possible when one's car needs repairs after an accident. After getting a car insurance quote, it may be relevant to hear about the insurance companies added benefits in regards to choosing a good car body shop and providing a rental car while one's car in being serviced. It is the consumer's responsibility to follow up on these benefits and to know where to report any suspicious activity or fraud on the part of the body repair shop.
A good insurance company should be quite helpful in these matters and the process usually goes smoothly. It is smart to double check by getting a second written estimate, and to keep a copy of all invoices. Don't be one of those people that gets tricked into getting much less for damages that are more costly and try not to be one of the people that gets overcharged an arm and a leg for a simple job. There are many scammers in the industry out to make a quick and easy buck underhandedly. It is helpful to ask around and find shops with solid reputations for doing good business over a long period of time. There is also added coverage available that many are not aware of for towing services and other additional costs which may quickly add up. Once one is aware of the services in which they are entitled to, the only thing left to do is to choose a shop that gets work done efficiently.