Auto Body Repair Estimate: It’s A Process!

Whether you’ve been in an accident and suffered collision damage to your vehicle, or whether your vehicle is just getting old and looking tired, you may be looking for auto body repair. Here are a few tips to help you get the most trustworthy auto body estimate possible!

• Obtain an auto body repair estimate from several auto body shops!

Know what the auto body estimate includes to make sure you are comparing “apples to apples.” For insurance claims (and you’re responsible for selecting the auto body shop that is doing the work) you’ll definitely want to get three or four auto body repair estimates from several shops. Many auto body shops offer free estimates, but some may charge a relatively small fee.

• Learn more about the body shop!
With online review sites these days, reviewing a company’s reputation among its past and current customers is relatively easy. Insurance companies can also provide lists of preferred body work providers. It’s also a good idea to check with friends or family about their experiences with local auto body shops.

• Ask questions!

Ask the right questions upfront and save yourself the time and frustration of finding hidden costs or a hidden catch after the work is completed.
o Are the auto body technicians trained, certified or recognized by the vehicle manufacturer?
o Does the auto collision repair shop install salvaged, used or aftermarket parts to try to save money?
o What kind of warranty does the shop offer on their work and/or labor?
o Do they provide loaner vehicles or have rental cars available?
o Is the shop and lot secure?
o How long will the repair take?

• Check industry credentials!

Always check an auto body shop’s credentials before giving it your business. Many states have their own auto body industry associations. Examples of national associations include the Independent Auto Body Association (IABA) and the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS). Ideally, the auto body shop’s technicians will carry certification from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence. Other industry recognized certifications include those from I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair.

Remember: It’s important to obtain an auto body repair estimate. It can help identify damage to your vehicle, both seen and unseen.

Looking for an auto body repair estimate? Contact our certified auto body technicians at American Auto Body. We will be pleased to provide you with an honest and professional auto body repair estimate. Call American Auto Body, or go online to for more information. As needed, free towing is available. Our auto body shop serves vehicle owners in Las Vegas, NV, and the surrounding communities.