Choose a Good Body Shop After a Bad Accident

The Most Important Step After a Fender-Bender is Picking a Quality Repair Shop

Fender Bender

Now What?


If the unfortunate day ever arises and you find yourself in a fender-bender, you will have do some research on where to take your car to get it fixed. Choosing a trusted collision repair shop is the most important step you can take to make sure that your car is repaired correctly. A good body shop will make sure that all repairs are performed correctly and will stand behind their workmanship. There are over 35,000 automotive repair shops in the United States, so choosing a good one can be quite a headache if you are not sure what to look for. Your insurance company can make suggestions about what shop to pick; however, the final decision remains with you.

How to Find a Highly Rated Repair Shop

There are several options that you can pursue to make sure that you find a trustworthy repair shop. Standard word-of-mouth can be a great option if you really know and trust the person you are getting information from. You can be sure that you receive top-notch service by asking the collision repair shop if their technicians are certified by national advanced technician organizations such as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) or the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR).

The internet is a great place to research a great collision repair center, and you can also refer to whether or not a body shop you’re considering has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Ask whether the shop is a member of the Better Business Bureau and verify information on the BBB website to see if the shop maintains a good reputation.

Getting Around While Your Car is in the Shop

The average time it takes to repair a car is two weeks, which means you could be without a vehicle for quite some time. This might be a problem for you, especially if you have a long commute or need to transport the kids to and from school. You should be sure to ask around to see if your repair shop can make recommendations for a rental car company and if it can arrange for a rental car to be ready when you drop off your own vehicle. If your auto insurance policy includes rental car coverage — which is usually only a few dollars a month — you may not even have to pay for your rental.

April 11, 2012 by Jamie Rettig