No one wants to be in an accident. There is a risk of injury or death and it can be a traumatic experience and give you serious reservations about driving in the future. What’s more, a mild to serious accident can leave you without a car. With an older car, this could prove to be a real issue. Seeing all the car parts strewn across the accident scene can leave you will a sinking feeling that your car is over and done with, apart from the shock and disbelief that is so common after being in a car accident. So the real question is what is next.
After a car accident, depending on how serious the accident was, your insurance company will determine if your car is a total loss or if it can be repaired. If salvage auto parts you own an older car, the chances are high that if the insurance company considers it would cost more to repair it than the car is actually worth, they will total it. However, this is not always the case.
If the insurance company decides not to total your older model car then you need to look for repair shops to have your car fixed. Your insurance company will typically make an assessment as to which car parts you will need to repair your car, and in some cases, they will even recommend or demand you use a particular repair shop.
In order to avoid this, you want to be sure that your insurance company pays you directly for the repairs as opposed to settling the bill after the repairs are done. This will give you the freedom to have the car repaired where you choose and have the car parts used that you wish to be used.
The next step is to find a repair shop to fix your car. What you will want to do is find a place that will use the car parts you want used in the repair of your car. This is an important step, because some repair shops will use after market parts automatically, but you have to stipulate if you want them to use OEM parts. Unfortunately, it isn’t unheard of for shops to use after market parts while still charging you OEM prices, which if you didn’t know are more expensive.
Lastly, before you decide on a repair shop, consider the reviews that the shop have received. Look online and do a search for reviews of a particular shop. You are bound to find something and if the reviews are good, you know you’ve made a good choice. If they are bad, you saved yourself from a car repair nightmare. Also check with your local BBB to see if there have been any complaints.