Getting into a car accident is an inconvenient experience at best. No matter how minor an accident is, it’s still stressful and potentially pricey. Repairing any damage done to your car during the accident is the first step toward getting back to normal. Repainting is part of most accident repairs, but if you’ve never had to deal with it, you might wonder when and where to start.
When to Hire a Professional
Most car paint repair jobs require the help of a professional. If the accident only caused some of the other car’s paint to rub off on the side panel of your car, you might be able to buff it out yourself. Paint that’s removed from your car, scratched, or otherwise damaged should be repaired by a professional collision repair shop.
Taking your car to a professional for repairs ensures a perfect paint match that seamlessly blends with the rest of your car. This also makes it easy to get dents, broken pieces, and other types of cosmetic damage to be repaired while your car is in the shop.
The Cost of Car Paint Repairs
The cost of paint repairs can vary quite a bit depending on the type of car you have, the extent of the damage, and how the damage occurred. In most cases, insurance will cover the cost of paint repairs caused by an accident. It depends on whose fault the accident was to determine which insurance company will pay the repair bill. If the accident wasn’t your fault, the other insured driver should be responsible for repairs through their insurance company. In the event the other driver involved in the accident is not insured, things can become a bit more complicated.
Your insurance will typically pick up the cost if you have uninsured driver coverage as part of your policy. Most full coverage policies include this coverage. You can seek compensation from the other driver through the court system, which will significantly slow down the repair process.
Repairs will be more expensive if you have a luxury car or rare paint color that’s hard to match. If the damage affects elements beyond the paint, like a broken bumper or headlight, repairs will cost more and take longer.
If you’ve recently had a car accident that damaged the paint on your car, make an appointment at ASI Collision to discuss repairs. ASI Collision is a premium, Audi-Certified collision center that uses the latest paint technology in the industry. Your car will look so good when we’re done with it, you’ll forget it was damaged! We work with most major car insurance companies to get customers back on the road without breaking the bank. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form.