Cheapest Estimate?

business man with a dollar symbolAren’t insurance companies always just looking for the cheapest estimate?

My experience with auto insurance claims has been, almost without exception, positive. While having to go through the claims process is often stressful for the owner of a damaged car, the auto insurance industry continues to evolve to serve the needs of their clients and claimants alike.

Gone are the days when your insurance company tells you to “get 3 estimates” when you call in with a claim. Typically, insurance companies are now implementing their own “in-house” appraisal services, or even better, are employing independent appraisal services to provide fair, complete estimates of collision damage. The benefit of professional, full-time damage appraisers is the same as in any specialized discipline. The old adage “practice makes perfect” applies to estimates just the same as completing the actual collision repairs.

In the old days, body shops would purposely miss items to produce the lowest estimate, and then add those items back on the final bill in the form of supplemental charges. The shop benefitted at the cost of the customer and their insurance. This process added unnecessary down-time and rental car costs to the job. Hidden damage is sometimes unavoidable, but purposely shorting the estimate is wasteful and unethical.

Much better is today’s standard of professionally detailed collision damage estimates. This benefits everyone with complete information on what is involved for a correct repair. I have yet to see an insurance company prosper by “short-sheeting” their customer.

Why would I want to get my collision damage fixed at Jay’s Body Shop?

In a word; Experience.man_with_question_mark-blue

Body Shops don’t fix cars… people do. Fancy buildings and high-priced advertising may look attractive, but when it comes down to repairing your damaged car, a well qualified and experienced craftsman is who you want working for you.

I have worked in the collision repair industry for 35 years. I began my career by graduating with a 4.0 grade-point average from Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, Wyoming in 1976. Their Auto Body Repair training included frame-straightening and the full spectrum of automotive paint refinishing systems. That foundation has been supplemented through the years by industry-standard recurrent ICAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) training.

I am currently a collision specialist in “hard-hit” repairs, with specialized training in Airbag deployment repair. I have always been a “combination body-man”, which means I always paint the jobs that I fix. My painting experience currently has me as a group leader in the Paint Shop at Newmar Corporation, where I am responsible for the “show car” finish that is put on each of their $750,000 high-end RV coaches.

My experience goes a long way towards making your collision damaged car just a bad memory. I enjoy working for you and automotive insurance companies to restore your car to pre-accident condition. I know what it takes to make every component of your vehicle correct and proper once again.