You probably consider yourself a good driver, right? Most people do, even those friends and family members we know the truth about. If you have never gotten into an accident, even something like a little fender-bender, either you are an exceptional driver or you have just been very lucky. Chances are, it is the latter category. When you live in a crowded city like Charlotte where there are so many cars on the road, sooner or later you are bound to get into a scrape. Cramped streets with cars parked on both sides, tiny parking spaces, and, of course, bad drivers all contribute to the high risk of accidents. Hopefully, this is something that you will never have to deal with. However, if you do get into an accident that requires a collision repair, in order to find a quality body shop, here are two important areas to think about:
The first thing to do is to contact a few different body shops in the Charlotte area and have each of them look at your vehicle. They should examine the damage thoroughly and then tell you exactly what needs to be fixed as well as the estimated cost. It is important to get at least a few quotes so you can compare prices. You definitely want to get more than two. If one quote is significantly higher than the other, something is not quite right. A third estimate for your collision repair could end up being the deciding factor. You never want to choose a shop that will overcharge you, but you also do not necessarily want to go with the one offering the lowest estimate. If it seems too low, for example, you may not be able to trust them. The low fee could be due to the use of inferior parts or they may be taking shortcuts with the work. If all of the estimates you get are about the same, then you have a good idea of what the collision repair should cost.
Another important consideration is the warranty you can get for the work. Reputable body shops will give you some sort of warranty that guarantees the collision repair. If anything goes wrong in a certain period of time, you will be able to bring your car back to have it worked on at no charge. Before deciding on a body shop for your collision repair, make sure you ask about the warranty they offer and exactly what it covers. Remember that a warranty that seems too good to be true, probably is.
When it comes to car accidents, the best thing you can do is prepare yourself ahead of time. You just never know when something may happen. If you ever do need to get a collision repair, think about Jerry Rhyne’s Collision. We have been fixing cars in the Charlotte area for 40 years and no one is more knowledgeable about repairs and maintenance.