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Old 11-19-2014, 06:16 PM   #1
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Monday afternoon my poor car was ruined by a piece of **** uninsured driver from NH. Luckily I didn't waive my uninsured motorist coverage and my insurance company is going to fix her. However, I don't want a cheap, corner cutting job. This car is low miles and up until Monday had a clean history. I maintained this car, it was all OEM.

I need a shop that is going to put me back to where I was, will not succumb to the insurance companies desire for cheap aftermarket parts to replace the factory ones that are being taken off. I want it to look like the car did the day before, no damage, everything lined up perfectly.

I will post pics of the damage for any people who may actually work at such a shop.
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Old 11-19-2014, 06:19 PM   #2
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Old 11-20-2014, 10:41 AM   #3
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I used to work for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in North Kingstown and I've dealt with every major body shop in the state (specifically southern RI). Hands down in terms of quality of work and paint matching the best shop is Mac's Auto Service/Body on Frenchtown Road in NK (also goes by Blue Sun towing).

I've had my black WRX painted there after it was keyed and the paint work is flawless. I also had my old crappy Eclipse painted there (which the years/sun were not kind to) fixed after being T-boned and they matched that perfectly too - even considering it was about 4 different shades of red. That situation was also me being hit by an uninsured, unlicensed, AND the vehicle that hit me wasn't registered to the driver - the shop handled everything and I didn't have to do anything.

I could also give you a list a mile long of all the shops to avoid but it's not my place to say anything as I couldn't do any better than they can.
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Old 11-20-2014, 03:44 PM   #4
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I will vouch for JRA Collision in Bristol. Nothing but the best work there.

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Old 11-20-2014, 08:46 PM   #5
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I get my stuff done at hillview auto body in Johnston, they never did me wrong with my cars.


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Old 11-23-2014, 09:55 PM   #6
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This is a bit of a n00b question I suppose, but I'm posing it hoping to educate myself in case the need ever arises.

Will a typical bodyshop allow the customer to bring in replacement pieces for them to install? The OP wants all OEM replacement pieces and there's always that element of unknown for what the bodyshop may ultimately source for replacement pieces. However, if he purchases via the dealer, Craigslist, the classifieds, etc all replacement OEM sheetmetal, can't he just bring it in and tell them to use those pieces?

Now, I know the hiccup in this whole process is the inner structure and unseen damage, as how does the OP guarantee those pieces are OEM. I also know that sometimes bodyshops will work with the insurance company directly such that if there is more damage than the adjuster's initial quote, the ultimate settlement will get adjusted without the owner having to intervene. I suppose supplying parts might get a little hairy as it would require the owner to get the settlement check, then hope that the bodyshop doesn't uncover additional damage that may run above and beyond the original quote (or can the bodyshop then contact the insurance company for an adjustment?).

Like I said, total n00b questions, but if the OP can source his own parts, he can in theory keep the car 100% OEM. He may also be able to upgrade in the deal potentially. I know a lot of guys in the Tacoma world will upgrade to plate front/rear bumpers due to the quoted replacement costs of OEM bumpers/bumper covers.
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Old 11-24-2014, 02:22 AM   #7
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This is a bit of a n00b question I suppose, but I'm posing it hoping to educate myself in case the need ever arises.

Will a typical bodyshop allow the customer to bring in replacement pieces for them to install? The OP wants all OEM replacement pieces and there's always that element of unknown for what the bodyshop may ultimately source for replacement pieces. However, if he purchases via the dealer, Craigslist, the classifieds, etc all replacement OEM sheetmetal, can't he just bring it in and tell them to use those pieces?

Now, I know the hiccup in this whole process is the inner structure and unseen damage, as how does the OP guarantee those pieces are OEM. I also know that sometimes bodyshops will work with the insurance company directly such that if there is more damage than the adjuster's initial quote, the ultimate settlement will get adjusted without the owner having to intervene. I suppose supplying parts might get a little hairy as it would require the owner to get the settlement check, then hope that the bodyshop doesn't uncover additional damage that may run above and beyond the original quote (or can the bodyshop then contact the insurance company for an adjustment?).

Like I said, total n00b questions, but if the OP can source his own parts, he can in theory keep the car 100% OEM. He may also be able to upgrade in the deal potentially. I know a lot of guys in the Tacoma world will upgrade to plate front/rear bumpers due to the quoted replacement costs of OEM bumpers/bumper covers.
I'll never know. Turns out, in a long story I don't have the heart to go through again, I do not have uninsured property damage and my insurance company will not be covering it.

So, the car will probably never get fixed as I don't have the funds to do so, being out of work, and the deadbeat ****bag welfare sucking **** who hit me with no insurance is pretty much a lost cause. I will sue her, don't get me wrong, but collecting the money will be impossible, since she has no assets and you can't garnish the tax money I pay that pays her to live a loser lifestyle.
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Old 11-24-2014, 10:42 AM   #8
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Having dealt with every kind of insurance possible I can make two recommendations that cost a little extra but will pay for themselves should something like this happen. The first is obvious, uninsured protection - if you're not sure you have it call and get it ASAP. It's stunning how many people are driving uninsured or under insured, and I've seen stories like this more times than I can count. The fact someone can be so careless and ignorant by getting behind the wheel without the proper insurance is really scary, and a lot more common than people think.

Second is ask about your per diem car rental plan, most policies default to $20 a day with most rentals coming closer to $30 a day, which leaves the victim responsible for the difference. An extra $5 or so on your insurance bill can save you hundreds down the road if your car is in the shop for weeks and you're on the hook for $10-15 dollars a day for a rental car. Contrary to what most people think, your insurance company is NOT responsible to provide you transportation should you be without a vehicle.

Lastly, in regards to whether or not you can bring your own parts to the shop - that varies obviously from shop to shop but most will cater to whatever you bring them. Case and point, I had custom tail lights on one of my cars damaged in an accident and was told by the body shop they couldn't find them to replace so they told me to just buy them online and they cut me a check for the cost. As long as the part you bring in doesn't require additional labor they generally don't care, I'm sure others will chime in on this as well since I can only base this on my own experiences.
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