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Do I have to use an insurance recommended shop?

Being in a wreck is stressful. Among those stresses is having to choose a repair shop. Most insurance companies will recommend repair shops for you to choose from, but you have a choice of where you want your car repaired – recommended or not. Certifications You might see that some shops have certifications. That means…

Is my car totaled in this accident?

You step out of your car, and you take a look at the damage to your vehicle. That’s the moment you know it’s more than a fender bender. You may ask yourself “Is my car totaled?” It’s unlikely you’ll find out at the scene of a crash: The car’s value and body shop repair cost…

What happens if the other driver doesn’t have insurance?

By now you probably know how insurance works (hopefully). You pay monthly for a certain amount of coverage, and depending on what you pay, your insurance will cover part, or all, of your accident damage. But if you get in an accident that isn’t your fault, the other driver should have insurance to cover the…

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What is the difference between OEM and Aftermarket parts?

In collision repair, old parts that are damaged must be replaced with new ones. Customers generally prefer OEM parts, but don’t always know their options ahead of time. There are three different kind of parts that can replace the damaged one.  Each one being used can really affect the quality of the repair. The three…

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Should I use the repair shop my insurance recommends?

When you are involved in a car wreck, you may not have the time to research where you want your car fixed. Your insurance company may recommend a collision repair center, and it may seem like an easy solution to go with that shop. However, you have the right to choose where you want your…

A lifetime warranty is more than a guarantee

Anytime a car owner has work performed on his or her vehicle, it’s typically expected that the collision repair will last. Obviously, there’s not a 100 percent guarantee of that. This is why it is important to have the auto body repairs made at a local auto body shop that offers a lifetime warranty. If…

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Choosing a body shop: Do I have to take my insurance recommendation?

After an accident, your insurance company may recommend an auto body repair shop for your repairs. Some may feel obligated to use the recommended shop, but the choice is always yours on which collision center you want to use. Here are some pointers on how to decide where you want to go. Choose Certified As…

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How to determine if a used car has flood damage

The Texas Hill Country has seen more than its share of “100-year” floods in the past 5 years. Some cars were severely damaged from the flooding. When it comes time to replace their vehicles, car owners need to do their homework. You want to be sure the car wasn’t damaged by a flood, then repaired…

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How to schedule collision repair on a road trip

A road trip is intended to be fun. No one plans on getting in an accident, and few people think ahead to what they might do if they get into one several hours down the road. The first thing you should do is check with your insurance agent. If you need a tow, you’ll want…

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Five ways to find the best collision repair shop

As a driver in the busy Central Texas area, it can be overwhelming to find a quality collision repair shop that you can trust. Getting the best value for what you pay is also important since collision repair shops charge different prices. It takes some research and plenty of questions to narrow down the right…

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