Once you have been in an accident, the first that has to be done is to swap insurance cards with any other people involved in the accident. Policy experts recommend that you even go as far to take pictures of the damage and the other people’s information. Even if you are at fault during an accident, you still have to do everything possible to document the incident, in order to avoid potential liability issues down the road. The next thing that is probably going to be on a person’s mind is getting their cars fixed. If the damage is serious the car may need both mechanic and esthetic work done. If you are luck, the only thing you will need is minor dent repair.  No matter what the case may be, there are a few ways to make sure you get your car running and looking good again. Using industry tips borrowed from a major collision shop,, we have outlined the best tips for people who need work on their cars after an accident.

The first tip is to never take the first price offered. There can be a huge difference between prices from one shop to the next, and the only real way to make sure that you don’t end up paying too much is to check out all the options. There is no accurate guide which can inform customers how much any given repair should cost them, so a little investigation is what will be needed. It may even be possible to have an auto body shop make a written quote for you, which you can then take to another shop to see if they are willing to beat the price. It is also important to remember that an auto body shop may create price offer for work based on how busy they are at any given time, so if a shop has a ton of cars on their lot of the moment, you can almost be certain that they will charge a little extra for new work coming in.

Another smart way to save money when  taking care of collision repairs is to keep in mind that it is almost always cheaper to replace a car part than it is to repair one. There are junk yards all over the country which are filled with hundreds of thousands of cars, many of their parts in nearly perfect condition. If the auto shop you take your car to won’t go and check out car yards in order to see if parts for your car can be found, then you may need to do it yourself. Things like a bent hood, which are often extremely expensive to have body work done on, can be purchased from a junk yard for a few hundred dollars. Mechanic parts are also much cheaper to just replace, but you will have to find a person with some knowledge of mechanics to come look for the parts with you. Replacing often beats repairing, and all it takes is a little patience.