Frequently Asked Questions
When your vehicle is damaged in a collision, an estimate is not the first thing that you should obtain. The first order of business is to determine who will pay for the damage. In most cases, your vehicle will require some disassembly of damaged parts in order for us to produce an accurate estimate of your damage. Because of this, the estimating process is affected by the needs of the paying party.
All insurance companies have different claims procedures and we will let you know the most efficient way to handle your claim. In addition, we will assist you with the claims process. You don’t need to run around wasting your time gathering estimates and claims handling.
Many times it is better to leave the car with us and have the insurance company inspect it with us; this can prevent discrepancies that may delay repairs. By the way, at Tony’s Body Shop we do provide free, computerized estimates.
Bring your insurance company claim number and the name of the contact person. Also if you were given an Insurance estimate, bring it with you. We will take it from there.
The insurance company has their Total Loss Specialist run a local market valuation specific to the year, make, model, condition and mileage of your vehicle. The Specialist will then contact you regarding the valuation.
This should include the vehicle replacement cost and tax and license fees. Your insurance company will also pay for any charges to your vehicle at the shop and pick up your vehicle for sale at auction to a salvage yard. They handle everything.
The State requires an SR1 form to be filled out if there are damages or injuries over $750.00. You can obtain an SR1 from your insurance company, DMV or the internet.
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