Regardless of whether you were at fault or not, the process of getting your vehicle repaired can be confusing. Whether it’s your first time having an accident, or you’ve been through it before, 1Collision Worcester is here to help you through each step, and take the frustration out of the process.
Below are some of the steps and terms you’ll likely hear when getting your vehicle repaired:
Step 1 – Getting an appraisal
Your insurance company will have an adjuster look at your vehicle and assess the damage. You can either have the adjuster come to your vehicle or utilize a drive-thru claim facility that many insurance companies offer. Once they have assessed the damage, they will send you an estimate, along with a check to cover the repairs.
Step 2 – Choosing a repair shop
You can have your vehicle repaired at any licensed collision repair shop. You should choose a shop that will properly fix your vehicle and that doesn’t cut corners. 1Collision Worcester works with all major insurance companies, and many of our employees have been in the collision repair business for decades. Call us at (508) 754-1747 with any questions or drop by and get a tour of our facilities.
Step 3 – Dropping your car off
When you drop your vehicle off to be repaired, bring a copy of the estimate, along with the check from the insurance company, if available. If you don’t have the check at that time, it’s also accepted upon post-repair vehicle pickup. If your vehicle is unable to drive, 1Collision Worcester can arrange to have it picked up and towed to our facility.
Step 4 – Disassembly
The first step the body shop will follow is to order any necessary parts and disassemble your vehicle. During this process, we ensure there isn’t any damage that was missed during the insurance company’s assessment. Often times, there is hidden damage that isn’t apparent until a bumper or fender has been removed. If additional damage is discovered, 1Collision Worcester will reach out to the insurance company so an adjuster can take another look and provide a revised estimate.
Step 5 – The Supplement
If additional damage is discovered, the insurance company will write up an additional estimate that is referred to as a supplement. This part of the process can take a couple of days. The supplement is sent directly to 1Collision Worcester and there is nothing required of the customer. We will contact you to let you know if a supplement is required, and keep you up to date along the way.
Step 6 – Repairing your vehicle
The actual repair for your vehicle can vary based upon the damage. An experienced shop is important because they can deliver a final repair that is undetectable. There’s nothing worse than paint that doesn’t match or panels that don’t line up. Whether it’s a minor ding or a major repair that requires the replacement of body panels and frame straightening, 1Collision Worcester can do it all.
Step 7 – Detailing and delivery
A quality repair shop will clean your entire car prior to delivering it to you. They should take the time to review the work they completed and do a walk around to share the final results with you. In the end, you should feel that your car is as good if not better than it was before the accident. You also want a shop that is will stand behind their work and be accountable if any issues arise in the future. Having your car repaired by a shop that knows what they’re doing and takes pride in their work is important. It doesn’t cost you any more to deal with a collision repair center you can trust.
That’s why you should trust in 1Collision Worcester.