This decision belongs to you. The insurance company should not decide where you get your vehicle fixed after a car accident. Instead, you should make the decision that is in your best interest.
Some Things to Think About Before Getting Your Car Fixed
You may feel frustrated and anxious without your car. Getting to work, running errands, and living your life may be more difficult. Accordingly, you understandably want to get your car fixed as soon as possible. Before you do so, it is important to know:
- You may find that a pre-approved repair shop will have an easier time dealing with the insurance company on everyday issues that may arise, including cases in which the repairs exceed the estimate. Therefore, it may be less stressful for you to use one of these pre-approved repair shops—particularly if you are confident with the work that is done in such a shop.
- You are not required to use a shop that is pre-approved by the insurance company. You may have a mechanic whom you trust, or you may not believe that there are any pre-approved repair shops in your area that will treat you fairly. In these situations, you might consider choosing a repair shop that is not pre-approved by your insurance company to fix your car.
- The insurance company will only pay for reasonable repairs. The insurance company decides what is reasonable, and the insurance company may have an easier time accepting the opinion of a pre-approved repair shop.
- You can get a second opinion. If you have any concerns about the first repair estimate you receive, you may choose to take your vehicle to a different repair shop for a second estimate. Like the first estimate, the second estimate may come from any place you choose.
Property Damage May Not Be Your Only Auto Accident Claim
Car repairs can be expensive, inconvenient, and stressful, and they may occur at a time when you have more significant concerns, such as recovering from your car accident injuries. Accordingly, it is important to think about your options and to make the decision that is best for you.
Please contact our experienced car accident lawyers today to learn more about your rights. Over the last half-century, our attorneys have helped more than 70,000 clients recover more than $1 billion in damages.
Today, we are here to help you. Insurance companies know that they mean business and are often willing to settle our clients' claims. They know that if they don't make a fair settlement, we will be ready to go to trial.