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If you’ve been in an auto accident, you might want to know how vehicle collision repair estimates work. A collision repair estimate is a breakdown of all the visible repairs needed as well as the expected cost for each repair in order for your vehicle to be safe and roadworthy after an accident. If you financed your vehicle, your lien holder may require you to make repairs to bring your vehicle back to its “like-new” condition. We’ve compiled some resources to help answer commonly asked questions about the repair estimate process: 

How do I get a vehicle repair estimate?

After filing a claim with your insurance company, you will need to get an estimate. Your insurance company and some local body shops like Adams Collision Service will help work out the details of setting up your estimate. The estimate will help you understand what is involved to repair your vehicle and general idea of how much those repairs will cost. Repair estimates may vary depending on several factors, including labor rates, parts, prices, and the amount of time necessary to perform certain repairs.

Where do I get a repair estimate?

Depending on your policy, you may need to give your insurance company specific information on which body shop you’re considering for the repairs. Some insurance companies may have a set list of repair shops they can recommend to you. However, in the end it’s up to you where you get your vehicle repaired. If you have a body shop that you normally work with, give them a call to see if they’re able to work with your insurance company. 

What does my car repair estimate include?

Your estimate includes all visible damage related to your loss. If additional loss-related damage is detected during the repair process, your insurance company will reinspect your vehicle. (Important to note that this does not include damage that happened prior to the accident.) If the estimate needs to be updated, your insurance company will work with you and the body shop.

What is considered in the repair estimate?

Your estimate may include replacement parts from a source other than your vehicle’s manufacturer. The replacement parts on the estimate are intended to return your vehicle to its pre-loss condition with proper installation.

Do I have to make repairs after an insurance claim?

Fixing the damage to a vehicle that you own is ultimately your choice. However, before making this decision, be sure to check with your lienholder or leasing company. They may require you to complete the repairs to protect their own interests. It’s also recommended that you repair your vehicle if the damage could put you or other drives at risk of future collisions.
Auto accidents are never fun, let alone deciding where to take your vehicle to be repaired. Trust Adams Collision Service to restore your vehicle to pre-accident condition! The proper repair of collision damage is critical to the safety, performance, and value of your vehicle. We employ industry-certified technicians and use the latest equipment to ensure your vehicle is repaired back to pre-accident condition, with the highest quality standards and as quickly as possible. Contact us today.