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Can I get a lifetime warranty from my insurance company on autobody repairs?

Posted by tom zoebelein on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 08:26 AM

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When you’ve had the unfortunate experience of being in an accident and then had to undertake the process of getting your vehicle put back together, it is understandable that you’d want a warranty on the work performed.  It would be a nightmare to have some part of your car that had been repaired suddenly fall apart again just weeks, months, or even years later. 

Has something like that ever happened to you?  Sadly, you’re not alone and that’s why it’s so important to get a warranty for any collision repair work. 

You might be surprised, but it is not the insurance company’s responsibility to provide any warranties.  Instead, it is the job of the auto body shop.  Not all shops offer warranties, so this is something you might want to look for before you commit to a shop for your needs.

Here’s something else you might not realize: you are not required to take your vehicle to the shops on your insurance company’s preferred list.  What happens is that insurance companies and auto body shops often collaborate over rates, so it’s more to their advantage that you select a partnered body shop.  Sometimes the shops on the list are perfect for your needs and sometimes they’re not. 

One more thing about insurance and repairs—you are not required to get multiple estimates, either.  Usually, an insurance company will ask you to get three estimates.  Yet, it’s up to you how many estimates you’d like to obtain.  In many cases, it can be worth it to do your research, but if you already know which shop you want to take your car to, then you are free to do so.

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If you’re in Harford County, Maryland and are trying to find the best shop for you, then you might want to know what to look for.  Here some important qualities for you to consider: 

  • Expertise.  It is absolutely imperative that you receive a warranty on any work performed on your vehicle.  At Bel Air Autobody we offer a lifetime warranty on any collision repair work we do.  We proudly stand behind the expertise of our certified technicians and want you to rest assured that your vehicle is in the best hands when you bring it to us.

  • Honesty.  I’m sure we’ve all heard about or met some shysters out there.  No one has time or money for that kind of treatment.  At Bel Air Autobody we feel that you deserve better.  We have built our reputation on being both honest and trustworthy.  We are proud Harford County residents and want to take care of all our neighbors’ vehicle repair needs!

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  • Well-roundedness.  Did you know that we’re a one-stop shop for all aspects of your vehicle?  Bel Air Autobody is a sister company of Ward Automotive, a full-service auto repair facility.  From oil changes to transmission diagnostics, and from dent repair to large-scale painting, we can provide any work you might need.

If you need help with your autobody shop search, check out our BEST OF guide, in which we list the shops around Bel Air that we would recommend.  If you ever just want to ask some questions, then give us a call at Bel Air Autobody.  Our technicians are well-trained and eager to help our neighbors here in Harford County!   

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