Nobody plans on getting in an accident, but they happen to the best of us. Collisions can be a scary ordeal, both when they happen and for the steps that take place afterward. If it’s your first time, it can be especially difficult to know what to do each step of the way. We’ve laid out the steps in collision repair so you don’t have to worry. 

What To Do At The Scene Of An Accident

You’ll need to assess the damage and take note of how the accident happened. Make sure to take photos of your car and any other vehicles involved in the accident. Also, take photos of the scene around the accident as well and document the time of day everything happened. 

 

Contact the local authorities if possible and get an unbiased statement to the police and your insurance provider. With the police present, you’ll have someone to speak to in the event the other driver doesn’t have insurance coverage too. 

 

Make sure you exchange contact information with the other drivers involved in the accident and take down their insurance policy information or snap a quick photo of it. 

Repair Cost Estimate

If your car is driveable, take it down to a reputable repair shop and get a total on the damage. If your car isn’t drivable, a tow truck should be able to drop your car off for the estimate. 

 

There’s a chance your repair shop will support you sending photos in, but the best way to get an accurate quote is to take your car into a physical shop and have them inspect everything. 

 

If the damage is extensive enough, it might make sense to write the vehicle off and receive payment for the value of the car. If the car were to be written off, keep in mind that depreciated value is considered and you might not receive as much money if your car is older.

 

When it comes to who is liable for the repair costs, the law mandates that the person at fault will pay for the damages to both cars. Whether through insurance or paid in cash. 

 

Blueprinting

To assess the full extent of damage to your car, technicians will write up a blueprint. This is the set of parts that need to be repaired or replaced to return your car to normal. The blueprint encourages a systematic approach to repairs and provides you with an idea of what the total cost is.  

Teardown

After blueprinting is complete, teardown starts to verify the blueprint and look for more damage. In the event that more is found, it’s simply added to the blueprint as needed and if an estimate has already been provided, a good shop will reach out to you and your insurance to let you know of any adjustments. 

Frame Repair

The frame is a source of serious damage in traffic collisions. Warped frames cause issues with alignment and can result in poor gas mileage and unsafe driving conditions. A good body shop will use laser technology and diagnostic tools to make sure the frame is straight after a collision. Frame repair can be an involved process and you may be looking at months of downtime for your car. 

Metal Repair 

Metal Repair comes next and most of these parts are replaced as needed. All parts are checked for alignment and fitment before reinstalling to ensure your car is good to go and no further damage can occur from parts not fitting well.

Reassembly 

Once parts are replaced, everything is reinstalled and repainted so your car is as good as new. Once your car is reassembled, the body shop will check the paint, detail your car and clean everything up so it’s ready for you to take home.

 

You get the final say during the final inspection to see if everything is good to go. If you have any concerns, don’t be afraid to mention these at this point in the process.

 

Your car is back in your hands and you’re all set! The process can feel overwhelming, especially when your car is involved, but hopefully, you’re safe, and your car is as good as new.

 

Need The Best In Auto Repair?

European Collision Repair has you covered. Whether you were just in an accident, or you’re looking to repair winter weather damage, ECR are the experts in everything collision repair and beyond. Stop in or give them a call with any questions and be ready for great customer service and top-notch repairs your car deserves.

 

European Collision Repair

303 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210

(615) 953-1308