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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know that Mervyn’s the body shop is the right shop for me?
How long will the auto body repair take?
Do I have to take my vehicle to where I bought it if I’ve been in an accident?
Does Mervyn’s offer a courtesy car?
How does Mervyn’s guarantee work?
Do I have to use the repair shop the insurance company recommends?
Choosing the insurance company’s repair shop has benefits for the insurance company only. Most insurance companies have repair contracts with body shops in your area. They negotiate lower labor and material rates with the repair shop, as well as parts discounts with those shops. The shop will have met the insurance company’s equipment and training requirements. Insurance companies will also require their shop to provide a lifetime warranty. Insurance company claims representatives are given set goals. In general, companies would like to see at least 40 percent of their claims go to their direct repair shops. If you have chosen your own repair shop, claims representatives will frequently try to sway you away from your decision, telling you that your shop isn’t on their list, thus they won’t be able to handle your claim efficiently. They may explain that it will take up to a week before an adjuster will be available to write an estimate on your car. They could go further by stating that their company will not warranty the repairs if you don’t have your car repaired at their shop. Do not be intimidated by this.
Reputable auto body repair shops provide a lifetime warranty no matter who is paying the bill. Shops are systematically interested in handling your claim and the repairs efficiently. Also, shop estimators are familiar with your insurance company’s claims process and know their local adjusters, making it easy to complete the estimate process and repairs quickly. Again, the choice is yours.
Overall, whether it’s the insurance company’s recommended shop or your shop of choice, it is important that you choose a repair shop that you feel confident in. Ask friends, family, co-workers or your dealership for recommendations, and read Google Reviews.