If you’ve been involved in an accident that involved some significant damage to your motor vehicle, there’s a possibility you could end up in a dispute over repair work. You’ll need to navigate this dispute before you can have the vehicle repaired and be compensated for the damages you suffered.
Your insurance company will conduct an inspection of your vehicle after an accident, determine how much repairs will cost and potentially dispute your own estimates if you had a private repair estimate done. At that point, negotiations will be necessary to settle on a figure for settling the property damage done to your vehicle.
Some strategies you can employ include:
- Arguing an estimate is unrealistic: You can argue the insurance company’s estimate is not realistic, especially if it is not consistent with written estimates you’ve gotten from other qualified repair shops.
- Noting the estimate is incomplete: If the insurance company does go to a repair shop for the estimate, you should carefully read it to make sure it’s thorough and actually includes all of the details and information necessary to cover a full repair of your vehicle. The report should itemize every single repair item, so you can compare it with other estimates you’ve had performed.
- Arguing the estimate covers improper repairs: Any estimates done should be based on factory replacement parts, or done by shops that specialize in specific repairs for your make or model. This guarantees the vehicle will be restored to its condition of prior to the accident.
For more information about the vehicle repair disputes you’re likely to encounter and how to deal with them, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernane & Walsh.