But in terms of the overall market, Bault sees the opposite happening, with insurers continuing to establish programs with approved contractors and body shops
for claims restoration.
Following a crash, a new air bag can cost $1,000, but police said unscrupulous body shops
buy stolen ones for $150 apiece and then charge $1,500, including the installation.
Accessible for free via iPhone, Android and the Web, BodyShopBids is the first of its kind to connect consumers who need auto body repairs with body shops
through a unique bidding system.
According to the insiders, many auto body shops
will engage in dishonest behavior like adding unnecessary steps in the repairs process and charging for old parts as if they were new.
A Progressive claims representative prepares a repair estimate and contacts an auto body shop
based on its track record of providing superior service and ability to begin work promptly.
There are a few essential steps to get the best auto body shop
working on your vehicle, say the experts at www.
Discuss your repair with your insurance company and your body shop
Beginning this month, Allstate has begun ranking body shops
that participate in its direct repair program based on criteria including overall customer service, repair quality, estimate accuracy and repair time.
We are particularly proud of the large number of Honda and Acura dealer body shops
that are now participating in our network.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car has become a provider of rental cars for Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation's Door-to-Door Service--the insurer's innovative program that works with auto body shops
and rental car companies to take the bother out of getting a car repaired after an accident.
The new study, which analyzes customer satisfaction with both insurance companies and body shops
during the collision repair process, finds that while 81 percent of customers prefer factory-authorized parts for repairs, only 61 percent believe they actually received them.
The vans use advanced technology, including instant electronic communication with appraisers and body shops
that eliminates the need to mail or fax paper files and photos.