February 1, 2019

If you’ve ever been involved in any type of auto accident, you know that the collision repair process can be overwhelming. How will you repair your vehicle? What will the costs look like? How will your insurance company help out? How long will the process take?

If this is your first time dealing with these questions, you’re in good hands. Collision shops, auto insurance companies and estimator apps have made the process easier than ever before.

Here’s everything you need to know about the necessary steps for the collision repair process.

1. Research and Fact Finding.

When it comes to repairing your vehicle, it’s important to choose your collision shop wisely—not just whatever’s cheapest. Insurance companies often have working relationships with certain repair centers, but you’re certainly not required to choose these facilities. When doing your research, be sure to look at experience, quality, certifications and reviews. Then you can approach the right collision shop with confidence and peace of mind.

2. Vehicle Drop-Off.

Once you’ve chosen a trusted collision repair shop, it’s time to drop off your vehicle and evaluate damage. Upon drop-off, your vehicle will be inspected and any damage will be reported. It’s important to note that collisions can often cause hidden damage to your vehicle—so it’s crucial to assess your vehicle’s frame and mechanical equipment, too. Northeast Collision’s certified technicians use state-of-the-art technology to evaluate this damage so they can repair your vehicle to pre-accident condition or better.

3. Estimate.

Before beginning any physical repairs, you’ll need an accurate estimate of the cost. You can do this in one of two ways:

  • Download the (free) online app. If you’re savvy with technology and prefer to begin this process on your own, our smart estimator tool shows you how to capture all the information you need to prepare an estimate. Then you can show up at your local collision shop with an estimate in mind.
  • Visit an auto body shop. Contact your local repair shop, schedule an appointment, or stop in for an estimate done by a professional.

Northeast Collision (or your chosen location) will also work with your insurance company on your behalf to make the process as simple and seamless as possible.

4. Collision Repair.

Once you have your estimate prepared, it’s time to schedule your vehicle’s repair! While it’s obviously important to notify your insurance company of the accident, you don’t necessarily need to wait weeks to hear back from them. Now that you’ve selected a qualified shop to complete the repairs, you can trust the professionals to restore your vehicle. Your chosen repair shop should also be able to offer shuttles as well as free delivery or pickup to accommodate for your commutes in the meantime.

Are you prepared for the collision repair process?

Have you recently been involved in a collision? Whether you’re looking for an estimate or you already have an estimate, Northeast Collision can work with you and your insurance company to return your vehicle in top-notch condition. Visit our online app to request a free online estimate, contact us directly, or stop in to any of our three locations to discuss next steps. Remember: no appointment needed!