Did you recently get into an auto accident? Not sure what to do next? As a certified collision repairs shop in Edmonton, Harold’s Auto Body Ltd. has repaired hundreds of vehicles. We created a helpful guide for customers who’ve recently been in an auto accident and may have questions about filing their collision report or finding an auto body shop. If you’re looking for reliable auto body repair services in Edmonton, give us a call today for a quote.
KEEP YOURSELF SAFE ON THE ROAD
Drivers involved in minor auto accidents with no serious injuries should always move their vehicles to the side of the road so they’re out of the way of oncoming traffic. Leaving vehicles parked in the middle of the road or a busy intersection may result in additional accidents and injuries. If a vehicle cannot be moved immediately, drivers and passengers should remain in the vehicles with their seatbelts fastened for everyone’s safety until help can arrive. Be sure to turn on your hazard lights and set out cones, flares or warning triangles, if possible. If you need to tow your vehicle, please call our towing partner, Custom Towing Ltd., at 780-448-7200. They will ensure that your vehicle will be safely delivered to our facility, and they’ll bill us.
Always Get All the Facts
It is essential to get the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone involved in the accident. A description of the vehicle, year, make, model and license plate number. Also, be sure to get the other driver’s insurance company and policy number. If there were witnesses, try to get their contact info.
Photograph and Document the Accident
If available, use your cell phone’s camera to document damage(s) of all vehicles involved at the accident site. Take pictures of important documents such as the vehicle registration and insurance pink card. They may be able to help you should the other involved driver dispute your version of what happened.
FILE AN ACCIDENT REPORT AND CALL YOUR INSURANCE AGENT
Even if you’re involved in a minor accident, it’s important to make sure a legal accident report is filed. In Alberta, if the damage is $2,000 or more (both vehicles combined), a damage sticker is required. If the damage(s) is slight, you should proceed to your nearest police station and report the accident as soon as possible. Also, call your agent or insurance company’s 800-number immediately, if possible.
CHOOSING A COLLISION SHOP
It is your right to have your vehicle estimated and repaired at the auto body shop of your choice. During the selection process, look for an auto body repair shop that has:
THE ESTIMATE OF THE REPAIR
An estimate should specify: (1) what repairs are being done, (2) whether parts are being replaced or repaired, (3) whether new or recycled parts are being utilized, and (4) whether new parts are from the Original Equipment Manufacturer or from an after-market producer.
Only one estimate is required; however, you may decide to get more than one to compare prices and opinions about the extent of the auto body repairs. If you get another estimate and it’s different, always find out why.
Most auto body shops in Edmonton use industry-standard estimating programs to generate the prices on labour and parts for auto body repair. Substantial price difference indicates a difference of opinion on the nature of the damage or the appropriate repair technique. The best price may not always be the best deal.