Getting an estimate for your vehicle can be very confusing. They are free and any body shop will be happy to give you one, but how well will they explain it to you? Did they tell you that estimates are not firm bids or the final cost of repairs? They are simply an estimate of repairs needed.
Most estimates have something called supplements added to them. At the end of the repair, supplements are items added to the original estimate. For example, supplements could include price differences on parts, unforeseen or additional damages which need to be repaired and are found after your vehicle has been disassembled, the price difference on a part that is repaired versus replaced, and the type of part used. Part types can vary from:
The labor rate, which is a per hour cost, can also affect the cost of a repair, and therefore the estimate. The per hour cost differs depending on the type of labor: Body, Refinishing, Frame, Mechanical, and Detailing.
Are you getting an estimate for an insurance company? If your insurance company has requested that you get an estimate from a specific repair facility, it is likely that everything mentioned above are set in accordance with your insurance company and that repair facility.
Many people do not realize that when you purchase an insurance policy, the repair guidelines for your vehicle are set. Prior to an accident, it is best to check with your insurance agent/company so that you are aware of these guidelines on your policy.
Now that you know a little more about estimates, you can see why choosing a repair facility based solely on the estimate may not always be the best choice. Here at Auto Enhancers, Inc., we want you to feel completely informed and comfortable with your repair process. From getting an estimate to picking up your repaired, freshly detailed vehicle, we look forward to working with you!