Our attorneys get so many questions about what to do after an accident. I know that one of the most common questions our auto accident attorney gets is: How do I get my car repaired? Personally, I have only been in one car accident (knock on wood) in the decade I have been driving. And to be honest, I had no idea where I was and was not allowed to take my car for repairs. Can I take it anywhere? Did I have to wait for the insurance company to tell me it was okay? I had so many questions. That is what I am here to answer today. Where to take your car, how to get an estimate and much more. If you need more information, contact a car accident lawyer in our office. Consultations are free!
Car Accident Lawyer | Getting Your Car Repaired
We know that getting into an accident can wreak havoc on your life. Especially if there are injuries involved. And even more so, if there is significant damage to your vehicle. Working for a car accident lawyer in Southern California, I see how stressful this process is for our clients. That is why I want to address some important issues about trustworthy car repairs. Because, yes! Getting your car repaired so you can get to your doctors appointments is important. But! Finding the right mechanic to help you is just as important.
Step 1: Get a Quality Estimate
That’s right. You want to get an estimate not only from a place you trust, but from a place you feel comfortable taking your car in for repairs. Even if that means that you have to get a few estimates. Do your research and make sure that the shop and mechanics are qualified enough to find all of the damage. Sometimes, as it turns out, there can be more damage than just what the eye can see. You want to make sure that estimate you are receiving is adequate for the amount of damages done to your vehicle. It’s okay if you need to do a bit of research; or if you need to take your vehicle to multiple places. Choose a shop that has integrity and will give you an honest quote.
Step 2: Watch Out for Insurance Companies
Ideally, you will never be speaking with the insurance companies. Especially not the insurance adjuster of the at-fault party. Your car accident lawyer will be dealing with them directly. Should they try to reach out to you about repairs, contact us right away.
The insurance company will have an adjuster look at the damages in order to appraise them. However, and this is important, do not let the insurance company’s estimate delay necessary repairs. For instance, if the insurance company does not inspect your vehicle within a week or two and you have already gotten a reasonable estimate for repairs, move forward with the repairs and keep the estimates and finally billing. This is so that your auto accident attorney can include these costs in our demand.
You always want to make sure that you are getting inspections and estimates from repair shops that are independent of the insurance company. The reason being, if you get two or three estimates that are higher than the one the insurance company comes up with, the insurance company’s estimate is likely a poor one. Which is, believe it or not, very common.
Need More Help? Contact an Auto Accident Attorney Today!
We know that this process is stressful. That is why we are here to help you! Contact us today to not only discuss your case, but your options on where to take your vehicle. You should never feel alone during this process. The car accident lawyers in our office take pride in putting the needs of our clients first. We believe that the only thing you should have to focus on is getting your health back.
If you are suffering from serious injuries due to an accident, contact one of our Orange County attorneys today. Consultations are free!