Getting their car repaired and back on the road after having been in an accident is often a top priority for most people. Having one’s own car to drive is a necessity in today’s world so getting repairs done as soon as possible is of great importance. Because of this, people often use repair shops that are recommended by their insurance companies, but this may not always be the best thing to do.
Insurers typically tell policyholders that they have carefully checked out these businesses to make sure they do quality work at reasonable prices. But although these shops may be fully qualified, they do have a business relationship with your insurance company. And by sending you to these shops, insurance companies are gaining more control over their costs. This is good for the insurance company, but it may not always be the best thing for the consumer.
You want to go to a shop that is going to do the best job, and that won’t always be the one they recommend. Remember, the insurance company is usually more interested in cutting cost, not doing the best job. In general, it’s a good idea to pick your own place. Do your own shopping. Look at reviews and decide on your own where you want your car to go.
In some cases, people just aren’t aware that state insurance regulations around the country typically allow them to choose their own repair shops following accidents.
But that’s not to say that it’s always best to stay away from insurance recommended repair shops. Insurance recommended repair shops are subject to reviews for quality, workmanship and customer service.
Basically, it comes down to just being aware that you do have a choice in which repair shop to take your car to. Whether you end up choosing your own shop, or one that was recommended, just make sure to protect yourself by getting everything you can in writing.