On a daily basis we receive numerous emails, phone calls, texts, messages through facebook, google, instagram, and yelp.  The majority of the inquiries are regarding estimates.  We always recommend that the potential client bring in their car to our body shop so that we may asses the damage correctly.

A professional auto body shop will rarely provide an accurate quote over the phone, email, text, etc., without seeing the vehicle in person.  What usually happens is the estimate (more often than not) will be either too low or too high.

Why Do We Recommended You Get An Estimate In Person At The Auto Body Shop?

Because it is difficult to tell the condition of a car without actually seeing it in person.  A professional will need to see and feel the outside as well as inside of the car.  Many auto body shops who do give out quotes will quote a potential client low to obtain their business, but once they have the vehicle in their shop and work has begun, they return to the client with a “revised bill” -of course higher than the original estimate.  Or when the work is done, the client will receive sticker shock from the additional expenses.

In order for a professional auto body and repair shop to be able to give a potential client an accurate estimate, it is advised the person bring in the car to the auto body shop, so it may be assessed correctly and the client won’t get a surprise in the end when they receive the final bill.

What Does Our Auto Body and Repair Shop Look For?

We examine for several things, here are just a few things to give you an idea:

  • Extent of external damage
  • Extent of internal damage
  • Paint condition (rust, chip, fade, etc)
  • Mechanical repair required
  • Parts which need to be repaired or replaced
  • Body panels which need to be repaired or replaced
  • Alignment and frame (structural) work required
  • Electrical work required
  • Metal and aluminum work required

After all things considered we will give you our estimate.  If we find any surprises -because sometimes it happens when vehicles are examined in more detail or when parts are removed- we will always talk to you and keep the line of communication open.

If you are in need of an estimate, come by our shop anytime we are open.  Or if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

2 thoughts on “How To Get An Accurate Auto Body Repairs Estimate

  1. I was rear ended the other day and need to get the dent repaired. I like what you said about how they should look both and the internal and external damage. The dent is rather look so I wouldn’t be surprised if it had some internal damage too.

  2. My friend had to get her car fixed after an accident about a week ago and she had some trouble with it. I was curious on how to get a good estimate for your car after something like that. It makes a lot of sense that the shop would like to see the car in person before they can tell you! I know I would rather have an accurate car estimate than one over the phone that could change depending on the actual damage. Thank you for the information!

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