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Old 04-16-2006, 03:23 PM   #1
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Question Best place for autobody repair in Edm?

I just got a call from my wife and apparently a minivan rear-ended her on the way to work. It sounds as if it's only minor stuff ie) the rear bumper is scratched up and needs to be repainted (i'll check the car out when she gets home tonight and will know better). I'm wondering who is a really good place to take the car to. Cost doesn't matter (we're not paying for it, and the car is in excellent condition); i want it fixed right. Thanks in advance
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Old 04-16-2006, 06:49 PM   #2
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Stupid minivans. Showcase on 99st is who fixed my car when it was rearended. Mark also had work done there on his RS. Very impressive work. Both owner's drive Subies so I think that says something.
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Old 04-16-2006, 11:41 PM   #3
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Jermoe at Showcase does good work, but I also hear Southern (?) is who Rally uses, but I find Southern terribly expensive for the one time I compared there price to Showcase.

Since the accident is not your fault, its your decision who does the car.

shlong8 had his car done at Southern after last summer's autocross boo-boo.
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Old 04-17-2006, 12:28 AM   #4
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hmmm. I had heard Showcase does good work. And now that i think about it i've been there before and they had a bunch of Suby's there; as well their work looked pretty good. I was going to get my front lip painted on the Integra. I also have experience with Southern and had heard good things about them. They also had alot of Suby's there when we had my wife's Mazda repaired there. But our experience with Southern wasn't soo good. They didn't do a very good job on the finish and the door handle was installed improperly and almost fell off . I think i may just go with Showcase, unless anyone had any other suggestions.

My wife says it just looks like a couple of nail scratches on the bumper (the minivan barely hit her). But, strangely enough, she is complaining of pain and stiffness in her neck and apparently her co-workers can feel that something doesn't feel right around her neck. Guess she'll be making a trip to the doctor/chiropractor right away .

BTW: thanks Mark and Mike
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Old 04-21-2006, 12:35 AM   #5
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Guess she'll be making a trip to the doctor/chiropractor right away
!!! DO NOT let your wife go to the chiropactor !!! THEY ARE NOT LICSENCED/RECOGNIZED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS IN CANADA! You will completely void any chance of an injury claim by going to anyone other than someone recognized by the Canadian College of Physicians & Surgeons. Furthermore, by being denied a physical claim it greatly reduces the chances of making any other sort of claim other than immediate property damage & immediate out of pocket expenses. I have been fighting w/ insurance companies for almost 7 years. You learn a few things about how they are allowed to operate in the country/province. Please be careful, talk to a lawyer right away if your wife shows any signs of discomfort whatsoever. Second call after your family doctor. Log everything ON PAPER. I am sorry for your luck, hope she's okay...

Other than that. I prefer showcase. Funny enough, thier color matching is better, I've found. Used both places, both high quality. Showcase just looked better, IMHO.
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Old 04-21-2006, 04:23 PM   #6
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!!! DO NOT let your wife go to the chiropactor !!! THEY ARE NOT LICSENCED/RECOGNIZED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS IN CANADA! You will completely void any chance of an injury claim by going to anyone other than someone recognized by the Canadian College of Physicians & Surgeons. Furthermore, by being denied a physical claim it greatly reduces the chances of making any other sort of claim other than immediate property damage & immediate out of pocket expenses. I have been fighting w/ insurance companies for almost 7 years. You learn a few things about how they are allowed to operate in the country/province. Please be careful, talk to a lawyer right away if your wife shows any signs of discomfort whatsoever. Second call after your family doctor. Log everything ON PAPER. I am sorry for your luck, hope she's okay...

Other than that. I prefer showcase. Funny enough, thier color matching is better, I've found. Used both places, both high quality. Showcase just looked better, IMHO.
Thanks for the advice, but yes, they are licensed and recognized medical practitioners. They are classified as medical practitioners and have the Dr. designation before their names. Maybe things were different when you had your accident, but we've spoken with our insurers and as well have gotten paperwork from our Chiropractor (who is a personal friend as well) that even shows that we only need her diagnosis regarding an injury of this sort for the claim. Our insurance company did, however, tell us that it would be a good idea to see a medical doctor throughout the course of her treatment as well to further help our case. The problem with her seeing a medical doctor is that, like many others, we don't actually have a family doctor, so she is going to have to see the same doctor repeatedly that she gets given at a given Medicenter (hardly what we want for a regimen to treat whiplash). And yes, we were advised to document everything ie) missed time at work or working with discomfort, job duties that can't be performed, etc.

She was diagnosed with grade 2 whiplash by our Chiropractor, and by law our insurance company has to pay for 21 visits to the chiropractor/massage therapist. It's not a serious whiplash, meaning there is no ligament damage and should be no chronic problems with it once it heals; just muscle pain and subluxations of the cervical spine right now. So she is in alot of discomfort now and likely will be for another couple of weeks, but will be totally normal once it heals. She will see the doctor just for the documentation; we are entrusting her medical care to the chiropractor we know and trust (she has helped me with my bad back a great deal as well). I'm sure your advice is given with only good intentions and we appreciate it, but i think we're on the right course for treatment.

As far as a lawyer goes, i don't think we'll be using their services. I have no idea what price my wife's pain and suffering is worth (and how it can possibly even be determined), but we are thinking we will wait and see what the insurance company offers and probably take it. Our only experience with a lawyer was with trying to get child support from a deadbeat Dad and that experience was nothing but expenses and hassles for almost nothing. We're not interested in trying to get alot of money out of this, my wife just wants her car fixed and her neck to feel better. A lawyer just seems to be alot of hassle for a non-permanent injury. But i would appreciate any advice regarding the "pain and suffering" area. Anyone's experiences would be appreciated

Sorry for the long-winded reply

PS: when i visited Showcase before, he seemed to be pretty on top of color-matching; really seemed to know what he was talking about, so, good to hear that.
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Old 04-18-2006, 12:47 AM   #7
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Actually Showcase worked on my car for the rear wheel wells, and Southern worked on my car twice, one for the hail damange, and again for the autoX boo boo within the year. Kudos to both shops, Southern is more expensive, but they work is good. So is Showcases'

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Old 04-18-2006, 04:18 PM   #8
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Thanks Chris. I'll give showcase a call in the near future
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Old 04-21-2006, 12:47 PM   #9
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Jim Young's Autobody - just off Whyte Ave. is very good.
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Old 04-21-2006, 04:24 PM   #10
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Jim Young's Autobody - just off Whyte Ave. is very good.
thanks easy rider
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