If you have been in an accident, you do not have to wait for the insurance adjustor to come out and inspect your vehicle. You can do a thorough inspection yourself, and provide that information to your insurance company and use that information to get an initial repair quote from a few different collision repair shops.
Take Written & Visual Notes
As you inspect your vehicle, you should write down notes about everything that you observe. You should also use your camera to take pictures to support your observations. Then, you can provide your insurance company with both your written notes and visual support. This information could also help any collision repair shops you contact to provide you with a quote.
Start At The Front Of Your Vehicle
Stand at the front of your vehicle and look straight down each side. See if you can see gaps between any of the doors or panels. Look out for dents or scrapes. Take pictures of everything that you observe. Repeat this process while standing at the rear of your vehicle as well.
Inspect All The Lights
Check out your headlights, taillights and brake lights. Make note of any lenses or light fixtures that are shattered or damaged.
Inspect All The Windows
Walk around your vehicle and this time just pay attention to the windows. If any of your windows are broken, take pictures of both the windows and where the broken glass fell on the ground. Write down any windows that will need replaced or repaired.
Try To Open The Doors, Hood And Trunk
Now it is time to move on to everything that opens on your vehicle. As you open each door, pay attention to how smoothly it opens. Take note if the door will not open, or if it does not shut properly. Try to open the hood and the truck. Once again, make notes and take pictures of any dents. Make sure that the hood and trunk are able to stay closed.
Check Out The Tires
Next, check out the tires. If you can, get down and see if the axles are bent and if anything is out of place underneath your vehicle that should not be there. If the tires are damaged or you question their integrity, you should not drive the vehicle from the crash site.
Finally, look inside your vehicle. See if any airbags have deployed. Make sure you write down which ones deployed – you will want to make sure they are replaced later.
After you have completed your inspection, send the information on to your insurance company. Make sure you only provide a description of what you see, not a description of what happened. They will do their own investigation later to determine who was at fault for the accident.
You can use the notes you took as well as the pictures to get initial repair quotes. Of course, the insurance adjustor and the auto body shops will also do their own investigations, but this will help get the ball rolling.
To learn more, contact a company like Colormelt Autobody with any questions you have.