Making Sure Your Vehicle Is Promptly and Properly Repaired After an Accident
Next to your home, your vehicle is one of the most valuable assets you own. When vehicle property damage occurs, it is important to ensure the damage is properly and promptly repaired. The following are some suggestions that can help ensure you get the service and quality workmanship you deserve when vehicle property damage occurs.
The first step is to contact your insurance provider. They will provide you a list of in-network repair shops. However, you are under no legal obligation to use these shops and can secure estimates from any shop you desire.
As with any service, always seek referrals and carefully read through reviews about the shop's quality, certifications, licensures, etc. Further, you should seek out multiple estimates so that you have a basis for comparing your repair options. And, while the price is important, always remember that high-quality workmanship that costs more is always a better option than mediocre workmanship that costs less and you will save in the long run.
It is important to act quickly, especially if the vehicle is your only mode of transportation. The sooner you schedule an appointment, the sooner repairs can commence. It is also advisable to confirm the shop's delivery timeline.
Even if you had a minor "fender bender," you have the right to request the mechanic inspect the vehicle for hidden damage. It is not uncommon for low-speed motor vehicle accidents to cause damage to the vehicle frame and sensitive components. If such damage exists, you want to make sure that it is recorded and reported to your insurance provider. This is vital because hidden damage is usually far worse than the dents and dings you can see.
Finally, plan to be very involved in the repair process. This means making sure that your insurance provider doesn't delay inspections or estimates, and that the repair shop doesn't delay the completion of the work. The more involved you are in the process, the more likely it is to be completed quickly and correctly.
Did you suffer vehicle property damage in a motor vehicle accident? Contact the team at Welmaker Injury Law at (210) 828-6033 to speak with our attorneys about your options for recovering compensation.