Insurance Company Tactics to Know About

Car Insurance. Every month you pay a premium to protect your vehicle, the second biggest investment you’re likely to make, in case of a loss caused by an accident.

If that accident happens, your insurance company is required by law to make you, their policyholder, whole again. Unfortunately, they don’t always act in your best interests.

In fact, many insurance companies engage in a well-documented strategy designed to minimize the amount they pay for justified claims.

If you’d like to speak with us, give us a call at (805) 523-1500 or click here to contact us online!

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What is the Right of Appraisal Clause

You Have the Right to Dispute Your Car Insurance Company’s Appraisal

The Right of Appraisal Clause allows you, as a policyholder, to dispute the estimate provided by your insurance company. When the Appraisal Clause is evoked, both you and your insurance company each select an unbiased appraiser. These appraisers will go before an Umpire, who will determine the fair and reasonable amount.

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Get a Post-Repair Inspection!

Have you been in an accident that’s required a significant auto body repair to your vehicle? Then it’s absolutely essential that you get a “post-repair inspection.” If you’d like to speak with us, give us a call at (805) 523-1500 or click here to contact us online!

What is a Post-Repair Inspection?

A post-repair inspection is an evaluation performed by a qualified third-party, in which they examine the quality of the repairs that have been performed after a car accident. The inspector will check that manufacturer guideline were followed to ensure that the vehicle will perform as it was intended and that it has been restored to pre-accident safety standards.

As a collision repair facility with certifications, recognition, and factory training from major vehicle manufacturers, including Nissan, Infiniti, Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, GM, Kia, Volvo, Volkswagen and more. We have the expertise to ensure your vehicle was repaired the right way.

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What is Diminished Value?

Diminished Value Consultation

Pacific Coast Auto Body, Diminished Value consultations are FREE.

If you’ve been in a car accident in the last 3 years, you may be entitled to financial compensation as a result of the loss in resale value caused by that accident. It’s called “Diminished Value” and your insurance company doesn’t want you to know about it! In fact, they may even make misleading statements that lead you to believe you don’t qualify, just to increase their profits.

If you want to know if you qualify for Diminished Value, call Pacific Coast Auto Body at (805) 523-1500.

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Who Guarantees Your Repairs?

After an accident, one of the most common things you’ll hear from an insurance company is ‘if you take your car to a shop that’s not on our referral program or preferred list, we won’t warranty or guarantee the repair’.

“We Can’t Guarantee the Repair…” is what you hear!

This statement isn’t just misleading, it’s completely false. The insurance company does not, has not and will not warranty the repair even if your car is repaired at their direct repair facility.

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What’s the Future of Collision Repair

The number of registered vehicles in the US has steadily risen over the years and is currently at an estimated 253 million. It’s safe to say the future of the collision repair industry is looking bright; not only for body shops but for industry training education and the job security of technicians.

As our world becomes more advanced, so do our vehicles. The introduction of new technologies and ways to manufacture vehicles forces all aspects of the industry to adapt in order to serve the new vehicles that come out every year. As the complexity of vehicles increase, collision repair shops will have to invest time and money into training, factory certifications, and special equipment designed to help repair these vehicles.

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