When you contact your insurance agent after an accident, the company may recommend an auto body repair shop for repairs. But the choice is always yours on which collision center you want to use. It doesn’t have to be one recommended by your insurance.
As you choose a body shop, remember that you want certified collision repair. This means the technicians at that repair shop have been trained by the manufacturers to properly and safely make repairs to your specific model of vehicle. If you know the repair shops recommended to you offer certified repairs, then it is important to decide if it is in your best interest to choose from the recommendations.
Choosing a recommended repair shop could have benefits. Some insurance companies will guarantee the repairs for as long as you own the vehicle. If there is an issue with the repairs, they will be fixed at no cost to you.
Deciding on the Recommendation
Most insurance providers have a group of collision centers that are considered preferred repair shops. Remember, your agent can’t make you use a shop on their list. You have the right to choose where you want your vehicle repaired.
Preferred repair shops normally meet criteria set up by the insurance provider, such as meeting their quick deadlines for repair and providing the services at a low cost. Efficient repairs should still maintain quality and faster does not always mean the work is performed correctly. If you choose to use a recommended shop, ask if that shop uses less expensive parts or parts from the manufacturer. Some shops may cut costs by using cheaper parts because of low payments from insurance companies.
Fogle Collision Centers is a preferred body shop with most insurance companies, but we work with any insurance provider. At all of our auto body repair shops in Houston, Katy, League City, and Cypress, we use manufacturer recommended parts for the highest quality repairs. Contact our team for a free estimate or download our estimating tool on your smartphone for a quick and easy process that will get you back on the road.