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to Caring for Your Damged Vehicle After an Auto Accident
should you do about your damaged vehicle immediately after the accident?
How to select the best auto body shop
• Rental car rights
• When to hire a
collision repair specialist
Hello!! Welcome to
the March edition of Settlement Central’s Newsletter. We are pleased to share
this newsletter with you, as our business is helping people get satisfactory
settlements for their personal injury claims.
This is the last
in our series of three newsletters that deal with property damage issues. Now we
can return to the personal injury insurance claim topics some of you have been
But first, let’s
consider where we have been in the last two Settle-It-Yourself Newsletters. The
first topic was all about Diminished Value claims: for example, when your
vehicle suffers a significant loss in actual cash value notwithstanding the
completion of repairs.
Newsletter topic was in the form of a comprehensive guide through the sometimes
complicated and mysterious collision repair (or replacement) process;
In this third
Settle-It-Yourself Newsletter dealing with property loss and collision repair
issues, we will show you how to make arrangements soon after the accident to cut
off storage yard costs and to rent a replacement. Then we will show you how to
protect your investment through intelligent use of professional services. In
other words: why an expert in auto collision work might be a good idea to
oversee the repair process.
As always, we will
post our articles on our website as they are sent out in the Settle-It-Yourself
Newsletter. Our readers will have a rich resource available to them, our
hands-on battles with the insurance companies translate into useful and accurate
information for our readers.
First, we will
take a look at how to save on storage costs assessed against your impounded
vehicle, how to select an auto body shop, and how to secure a rental car. The
reason these topics are so important is because unless you know and exercise
your rights soon after the accident, you may find some real expenses coming your
For example, most
of us would assume that if our vehicle were rendered undriveable, it would just
sit at the body shop awaiting repairs. But many times the vehicle ends up at a
storage yard, where it will be assessed storage charges of around $30 to $50 PER
DAY! Sometimes the storage yard is located on the same property as an auto body
shop. If you end up using that shop, they will waive all but three days of
But if you want to
take your vehicle elsewhere, you could end up facing storage costs of many
hundreds of dollars. Who will pay that bill? The insurance adjuster will try to
wiggle out by accepting liability for only three days, claiming that any delay
in moving your car after that is your fault and responsibility.
See the full page
discussion via the link below for more on selecting a collision repair facility
and how to avoid over-billing on your rental car.
Second, we will
get into the topic of protecting your investment by hiring someone who KNOWS the
collision repair business. What makes us think that we who work in an office can
have any competency in negotiating for repairs, in supervising the actual work,
or in inspecting the finished product?
With the high
price of vehicles these days, it would seem prudent to spend a few hundred bucks
in order to protect the value of what is likely your biggest personal property
YOU NEED to read
this page and consider hiring an expert in these cases:
There are three
specific areas where an expert in collision repair work could be used
effectively. These are: 1) in the event of significant damage to your vehicle in
terms of structural, mechanical, or electronic damages; 2) if your vehicle has a
significant actual cash value; and 3) if there is the possibility of a
Diminished Value claim because of the loss in resale value owning to the
FIRST THINGS FIRST:
should you do about your damaged vehicle immediately after the accident? Where
should you take it, and how do you best get a rental vehicle? Please click on
the following link- http://www.settlementcentral.com/page0458.htm
have prepared some background on why one might want to spend a few hundred
dollars on an expert to assist with collision repair. Read more here- http://www.settlementcentral.com/page0457.htm
Thank you for your
interest in our site, we hope you will find us to be an excellent source for
your own personal injury needs.
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and self-help forms and letters are designed to make for easy insurance claims
settlements in the areas of auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, dog bites,
vicious animal bites, premises liability, and slip and fall accidents.
Your comments and
suggestions are welcome! Tell us what topics you would like to see discussed in
this newsletter and we will do our best to bring you current useful information.
Write to us at: info@SettlementCentral.com
Here are three
topics we are considering for our next issue that deal with important issues in
any personal injury insurance claim. If you like any of these, then let us
know—or make up your own topic regarding issues about your own claim, and send
it to us using the e-mail address above, and we may use it.
what happens when your own insurer wants to take money right off the top of your
insurance claim settlement to repay itself for monies advanced by it in payment
of your medical bills?
• Head injury—concussion—loss of
• Pre-existing injury defense. What
if your accident caused a dormant condition to “light-up” and you now suffer a
lot more pain than you did before the accident?