Getting An Auto Body Estimate

Auto Body Estimate Tips:

  • Ask for a referral from your friends and family
  • Research the body shop(s) online
  • Read online reviews
  • Get several auto body estimates
  • Ask questions
  • Make sure you feel comfortable with the body shop you choose

 

An auto accident can be stressful, and the thought of shopping for an auto body shop is probably not going to bring you any joy, but the process doesn’t need to be painful.  After the accident, getting an auto body estimate is one of the first things you need to do.  If you don’t already know where you would like to go you might think to start with your insurance providers preferred auto body shops.  However, keep in mind that Washington State does not allow insurance companies to dictate where you go for your auto body repairs, which means you can go with one of their recommended shops or choose the shop yourself.

 

If you do decide to shop around it may be a good idea to get several estimates.  Ask your friends and family for recommendations.  It’s also a good idea to utilize the Internet to read reviews from others.  You can use Google to search terms such as “auto body shops Tacoma wa.”  When you visit the shops take notes on what the collision repair specialist recommends and projected costs of parts and labor.  It’s always a good idea to get to know the shops that you’re considering.  Ask the repair specialist questions.  You’ll want to deal with a specialist that is helpful and willing to talk to you about the process.  If they are not helpful with your questions it may not be the best shop for your repairs.  After getting several estimates you’ll most likely have a gut feeling about which body shop is the best choice for you.
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