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Old 04-30-2008, 10:36 AM   #1
zoltan
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Default Looking for good body shop in DC Metro area

I had a young woman rear end my car this morning on my way into work. The body shop I used to use closed, and I'm hoping someone would be able to recommend a good, honest shop who'll go to bat for me with the insurance company.

Honestly, there's a good chance the car's total, and the whole rear passenger compartment was twisted to the point I can't put my seats up anymore (they were down at the time of the accident) and even the hood/fender gap on the side I was hit is pretty off.

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Old 04-30-2008, 10:39 AM   #2
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Shouldn't you be asking your ins. company which body shops in the area they work with? No body shop is going to go to bat for anyone against anyone. It's not what they do.
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:24 AM   #3
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No, because usually body shops which the insurance company recommends work to reduce the insurance company's costs. An independent body shop is working for you, and they're first priority is to make your car good as new and make you happy, not the insurance company.
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:38 AM   #4
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no insurance companys quote list price on parts, unless the part is available reman'ed or what they consider a high quality replacement (either aftermarket or used is available) generally those items will be doors, bumper covers and wheels.

now the body shops like OEM parts more, because they fit and the markup is higher on them as well (they get wholesale prices and can bill insurance for the list price)

i can tell you right now that your car is a write off though, i didn't see or read what you have but it sounds like most of your driveline should be in good shape. you prob have an excellent swap canidate on your hands, and i know of a 2.5 rs coupe looking for a swap thats available cheap.
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Old 04-30-2008, 12:54 PM   #5
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No, because usually body shops which the insurance company recommends work to reduce the insurance company's costs. An independent body shop is working for you, and they're first priority is to make your car good as new and make you happy, not the insurance company.
My point is, no body shop is going to "go to bat" for you against the girl's insurance. Your INSURANCE COMPANY should be doing this for you.
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