Here’s How to Get Your Car Repaired After an Accident
Getting into an accident is stressful —especially if it’s your fault. The last thing you want to have to deal with is trying to get your car repaired. But that’s exactly what you’ll have to do if you end up causing damage in a collision, whether intentional or not. Here’s how to navigate the process so you can get back on the road as quickly as possible.
Check if You Can Drive it to the Nearest Garage.
If you can drive your car, great! Drive it to the nearest smash repair Melbourne and have them inspect the damage.
Suppose it looks like there’s no structural damage, and everything is cosmetic. In that case, they’ll likely be able to fix it for a reasonable fee as long as you don’t mind waiting a day or two for repairs. However, if there are any signs of structural damage like airbags deployed or glass shattered all over the place, bring it in immediately (even if this means calling a tow truck).
If you can’t drive your vehicle because of an accident, vandalism, or some other reason (for example, if a flat tire prevents movement), call for roadside assistance immediately. They will send someone out with new tires—and hopefully spare ones—so your vehicle is ready to go again in no time.
Make a List of All the Visible Damages
This can include door dings, broken lights, scrapes, etc. Include the location relative to street signs or landmarks. Also, note the time and date you noticed these things happening.
Don’t forget to write down who was driving each vehicle involved in the accident. Check to see if multiple parties were involved—and whether any passengers were hurt (even if only minor injuries). You should also note whether anyone else was injured during this event or hit. If so, make sure you have their name(s), so you can call them later for more details about what happened during this time frame.
Notify Your Insurance Company
Ensure you have the right policy, level of cover, and a high enough excess to get help with your car repair. You should also check that you have a sufficient no-claims bonus, which will help reduce the cost of repairing your car.
You may be able to get some compensation for any damage done to your vehicle during an accident by claiming from the other driver’s insurance company. But this won’t happen automatically, so you must act quickly after being involved in an accident – especially if they were at fault.
Document the Damages
It’s essential to document the damages as soon as you can. This will help your insurance company determine how much they should pay you and help you remember what happened in case of disagreements.
- Take pictures of your car (front, back, and sides).
- Make a list of all the damages, including photos.
- Keep this list safe so that it doesn’t get lost or damaged and that no one else can read it.
Don’t Go For Cheap Repair
The adage, “You get what you pay for,” is true. A cheap repair will not last as long as a good quality repair. The parts used are often subpar and more likely to cause more damage in the future. A cheap repair also increases the chance that an accident could occur again because it wasn’t done right in the first place.
Over to You
After an accident, your car is likely to be in a pretty bad state. The important thing is not to panic and remember that you can get it repaired if you follow some of the tips we’ve given above. You should also ensure that the garage you take your car to has all the necessary equipment to handle the job before committing yourself financially. Please contact us today if you want a quote or to book your vehicle for repair.