In the aftermath of an accident, there’s a lot to take care of – not to mention finding a reputable auto body repair shop to make the process of moving on a little less overwhelming. When a vehicle is not a complete loss, many people are happy to take it to a body shop that their insurance company works with. While this may be your preferred choice, it’s important to know that the law does not require you to do so.
The claimant or the insured can pick any repair facility they want, so don’t let an insurance company steer you to its preferred facility. Remember that the body shop is working for you, the customer, and not your insurer. It’s a conflict of interest if a shop confuses the relationship, but it does happen. You don’t want a repair shop to take shortcuts on the job because they are concerned about their relationship with an insurance company.
Insurers have contracts with body shops for their own benefit because, in most cases, they have negotiated discounted parts and lower rates. Many auto body shop owners admit that insurance companies will try to sway consumers to use them. There’s nothing wrong with this, but you might get better service if you look around.
At Stuart Auto Body, we offer bodywork & painting repair services in the Stuart, FL area. Whether you have a couple of dents or heavy collision repair, we do it all. We also provide a 24-hour towing service (light & heavy duty), as well as truck roadside services. Contact us today for more information.