Thankfully, getting an auto body repair estimate from a body shop is not something that happens every day. Hopefully, it isn’t something you need to do more than a few times in your life. But at Paul Bros., we know accidents happen. And when those accidents happen, we want to be there for you. Not only do we provide free estimates, but we provide you with some answers about what you can expect when getting an estimate.

Whether you’ve been involved in a car accident or walk outside to find someone hit your car, realizing damage has been done to your vehicle is never easy. Assuming your car is still drivable, finding and getting into a repair shop for an estimate can add to your frustration. Luckily, many auto body repair shops today make getting an estimate easy by offering free, online services for auditing your car.

Getting an Estimate for Auto Body Repair

It is okay to get multiple estimates from different repair shops to find out what works best for your budget. However, err on the side of caution when choosing a repair shop. While you might want to go with the cheapest, easiest option after receiving an estimate, your car may not end up repaired as well as it should be. It can be tough finding a repair shop who actually cares about your safety and car repair, so ask around. Do research about the repair shops in your area; ask them what their processes are. At Paul Bros., we remain as transparent as possible when it comes to fixing your car and giving you your free online quote.

Like Paul Bros., if you have found a repair shop to give you a free estimate online, you will be asked to fill out a form with information about yourself and damage to your car. You will typically be asked to provide photos showcasing the damaged areas of your vehicle. There is also usually a description section of the online form asking for a detailed written description. Being as descriptive as possible will help technicians reviewing your car make their best judgments.

How an Estimate is Determined

The process of providing an estimate is usually quite quick to allow time for car owners to review repair costs and time needed for the repairs. When provided with an estimate, keep in mind that an estimate is an approximation of everything that will play into returning a car to pre-loss condition. Estimates will vary due to many different factors. These include parts needed, labor rates, prices and the amount of time needed for repairs. Technicians will view the photos and description you provide on an online form or inspect your vehicle in person. Based on what they find wrong with the car, they will then calculate how long a repair will take and what parts will be needed to fully repair the vehicle.

If your car has suffered minor damage, it is okay to get an estimate before filing a claim with your insurance. If an estimate comes back lower than your deductible with your insurance company, the wise decision would be to handle the damage on your own. It can take a long time for insurance adjusters to make their way to your house or to a repair shop to provide their own estimate for your vehicle.

Auto Body Estimate Quick Answers

Going through the process of getting an estimate while annoying, is actually pretty simple (or at least it should be). As mentioned above, Paul Bros. is here for you every step of the way. We figured that, even after you receive your estimate, you might still have some lingering questions about what to do next. It’s totally okay to have multiple questions about car estimates, most people do as needing repairs after an accident or some type of damage isn’t an everyday event.

What does a car estimate include?

Your estimate will include any loss related damage that was found during the initial inspection once the car is brought into the shop. Throughout the repair process, if technicians discover more damage related to the cause, the car will be re-examined and updated. No matter what repair stage your vehicle is in, technicians should always update the body shop, who should then always update you, the consumer.

What kinds of parts will be used on my car/included in the estimate?

The parts listed on your estimate demonstrate what is needed to efficiently return your car to pre-loss condition. At Paul Bros., we offer a lifetime warranty which guarantees to repair a car to the pre-damage condition including any defects in workmanship free of charge unless caused by unreasonable use. Always keep track of repair receipts for this reason. The services to fix mistakes will be at no charge to the owner of the vehicle.

What happens if I rent/finance my car?

When a rental car is damaged, most rental companies will file a sort of incident report when the vehicle is returned. From there they will decide the cost of the repair. Because the car is damaged it will need to be removed from service opportunities. This usually results in costs to cover the repairs, any administrative fees, and loss-of-use fees. Damage claims for rental cars don’t always have to be tricky. Be sure to know the specific coverage for which you are signed up.

What do I do after getting an estimate for damage?

Based on the severity of the damage, you may not need extensive repairs or any repairs. And the choice to repair something is totally up to you. Upon receiving your estimate, if you choose to repair, body shops will help you throughout each step of the way. Our technicians will always update any repairs or additional damage during the repair process. We will also work with your insurance company to make sure the process is as smooth as possible.

Do you have damage to your vehicle or have questions about getting an estimate? Contact Paul Bros. We are waiting to help you every step of the way to get you back on the road as quick and safe as possible. We guarantee our technicians are able to process your estimates and repairs to get your vehicle back to pre-loss condition.


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