After A Car Crash Checklist

Exchange Information with the driver(s) of the other vehicle(s) in the car crash.

  • Name
  • Address
  • Driver’s License number
  • Expiration date of license
  • Date of birth
  • Telephone numbers
  • Vehicle’s year, make, and model
  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • Vehicle’s License Plate and expiration date
  • Name and address of insurance company
  • Auto insurance policy number

If the driver involved in the car crash does not own the car, get the registered owner’s information.

  • Name
  • Address
  • Driver’s License number
  • Expiration date of license
  • Telephone numbers
  • Name and address of insurance company
  • Auto insurance policy number

Don’t admit fault of the car crash.

Document everything.

  • Location of the car crash
  • Vehicles involved
  • License Plate
  • Driver’s license
  • Insurance card
  • Pictures of the accident with street signs or identifiable buildings in the background
  • Close up pictures of the damage to all vehicles involved
  • Pictures of the accident in all angles
  • Parties involved
  • Witnesses

Gather witness of the car crash and passenger information.

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s License number
  • Expiration date of license
  • Telephone numbers

Speak to law enforcement and get his/her information.

  • Officer’s name
  • Officer’s badge number

Draw a diagram of the car crash.

Call your insurance company.

  • Get claim number
  • Adjuster’s name
  • Adjuster’s number

If applicable and in your policy.

  • Get a reservation number for a car rental
  • Get a tow truck

Take your car to the auto body shop of your choice and give them pertinent information.

  • Your information
  • Your car insurance information
  • Claim number
  • Adjuster’s name
  • Adjuster’s number

Inform your insurance company what body shop your car is at.

  • The insurance company will send out an appraiser to go look at your car at that auto body shop.
  • The appraiser will give an estimate of repairs to the auto body shop.
  • The insurance company will deal with your auto body shop to repair your vehicle.
  • The insurance company and/or the auto body shop will keep you posted on the status of your vehicle.

Pick up your car at the auto body and paint shop and make payment.

  • Your deductible and
  • Insurance payment check

Involved in a car crash?  Need help?  Contact us, we can help.

“I’m so impressed by West Coast Body and Paint. I went to them after an accident. Jaider, the owner is professional and friendly. The work they did on my Lexus SUV, which required a white pearl paint, is outstanding and exceeded my expectations. I got the car back when they said I would and their price was very competitive. I can tell Jaider and his team take great pride in their work and it shows.”

-Amol S., 2020

Are you looking for a trustworthy collision repair shop in Van Nuys or the Los Angeles area?

If you were involved in a collision and need dependable repair, please give us a call, text 818.793.7728 or email us wcbodyandpaint@gmail.com, we can help and give you a free estimate.  We work with all insurance companies and will get you back on the road safely and quickly.  Read our reviews and see our before and after pictures.

Ourestimates are always free and you are welcome to come by our shop anytime or make an appointment.  We know that many clients like the convenience of sending pictures of their car and request an estimate; but, in reality an estimate by this means is not really reliable.  Why?  Because the estimate will either be too high or too low.  In order to assess the damage and give an estimate, a car needs to be seen by a professional and in person.  This insures that the estimate is as accurate as possible, not too high or too low.  For more information click here.

If you are not able to come by our shop during normal working hours, you can give us a call or send us an email, and make an appointment when you can come, in most cases we are able to accommodate our clients.

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