Archive | May, 2012

On being your own advocate

On being your own advocate

You’re driving home from work, and all a sudden you find yourself in a car accident. We know exactly what you do first. You call a relative – your husband, wife, mom, dad – and then you call your insurance company. In an article on www.edmunds.com called “Confessions from the Auto Body Shop,”* three industry [...]

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What is diminished value?

What is diminished value?

When your vehicle has been in an accident and suffered damage, its fair market value may decrease. This decrease in the value of your vehicle is the inherent diminished value. It exists no matter the quality of repairs done to the vehicle, because restoring the vehicle back to its look and function does not bring [...]

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My insurance company is telling me to go to their “preferred” shop. Do I have to?

My insurance company is telling me to go to their “preferred” shop. Do I have to?

The insurance company may tell you to go to Shop X, their “preferred” shop, not telling you that the reason they might work well with Shop X is because Shop X is willing to cut corners and use poor-condition parts on your vehicle, simply to stay within the insurance company’s budget for that particular repair. [...]

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