GREENSBORO — First comes ice, then fender benders and the visits to the body shop.
“We typically get people into a body shop as soon as possible. Sometimes if the car is driveable, we usually wait until the parts are in and available,” said Daniel Soto, with
Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Icy weather, that causes widespread accidents, can slow down the process.
“Usually we have about 24 hours to get back in touch with people, to document what’s happened, to get their statement,” said Soto. “Sometimes the lag is in getting the police report back.”
This week’s casualties are starting to trickle into places like Maverick Auto Body Shop.
Owner Gary Tremble recommends shopping around.
“A lot of people don’t realize that it’s their prerogative where they bring their car to be repaired,” said Tremble.
He says most body shops charge the same for labor.
“There’s a standard hourly rate in the industry in North Carolina, around $44 an hour,’’ said Tremble.
People can save with after market parts, but he cautions about getting a discount paint job.
“In a year or two, they don’t look very good, so that’s a very important one,’’ said Tremble.
While state law requires car owners to have insurance on cars, insurance agents say you might want to consider additional coverage for instances where there may be backups in body shops.
“We find that rental car reimbursement is something very critical that most people overlook in their policy,’’ said Soto.
Rental car reimbursement can have limits, a dollar amount per day, or a total amount for
Talk to your agent about the cost.
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