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The Hidden Costs of Repairing Your Car's Panel Damage

Posted: December 16 2013 | In: Uncategorized

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Two out and running...There is nothing worse in the life of a car owner than to be involved in an car accident, especially when you aren’t the cause of the accident. This is something that can completely shock you and leave you shaken even before the added stress of dealing with an insurance company.

No matter where the collision occurred, your vehicle paneling probably sustained some damage, requiring panel repairs. It isn’t always just as simple as popping out the panel and replacing it with a replacement part. Panels often have other damage associated with it that you might not be able to notice, as some of these issues take place under the hood or to the vehicles frame.

Due to this, you need to know what the hidden costs of repairing your car’s panel damage is and what is required for the panel beaters to fix your car.

Frame Work

A common problem that might go undetected to your naked eye is the frame (chasis) of the vehicle. The frame of the vehicle is often damaged upon impact, bending it slightly. While you might not think the bent frame is that big of an issue, the frame is going to cause the vehicle to not drive properly and it might force the frame to rub against other hardware on the vehicle, furthering the damage and increasing the repair bill.

Due to this, the frame also needs to be repaired when replacing any damaged paneling. A full inspection of the vehicle should always be performed, just to make sure everything is as it should be, and what can be done in order to fix the situation.

Multiple Panel Damage

When one panel is struck in the event of an accident it often causes it to press up against another panel, which in turn might damage the other parts of the vehicle. Because of this, you often need to replace multiple panels of the vehicle, so it’s going to increase the cost of the vehicle repair on top of what you might originally believe. This is why you should always get an on-site quote performed before commencing any type of repair work.

New vs. Used Panels

Insurance companies might try to force the repairs to be completed with used parts. This basically means the replacement panels are removed from scrapped vehicles and installed, then painted, in order to match the car. Other times, new parts are used, although the new parts are going to greatly increase the price of the repair. Due to this, it is something you need to be made aware of, if you are in an accident. The used parts are often not the same caliber as new parts, and a panel beater should always make sure you only receive the very best care and material used on your vehicle. The types of materials used is often determined by your insurance policy, so make sure you read the fine print first.

When dealing with your panel beater you are going to find there are many issues and headaches that come from dealing with other repair facilities:

  • They might try to drag their feet in order to complete the repair or they might try to cut corners
  • This is so they can get more income from doing the work but in less time, allowing them to pocket the additional money they receive from the insurance company

None of this is going to help you, not to mention you might have to still pay out of pocket or deal with renting another car in order to drive around  and continue your life. Choosing to go with a company like PJ’s Panels just makes better sense, as they are going to provide you with all the necessary assistance and top of the line service for all of your panel beating needs.

For starters:

  • PJ’s Panels are going to have your car towed to the repair shop and will take you home, all free of charge!
  • You’ll also receive a free loaner car while the car is in the shop and receive cash back on excesses of up to $250.00 on your insurance policy, simply for using PJ’s
  • They’ll deal with the insurance company for you as well, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of paperwork
  • There is also a full team of legal professionals available in order to work with you, because if you were not at fault with the accident you need to protect your rights and potentially seek out restitution in order to make up any loss of wages or other issues you might run into

If you have been involved in an accident and have sustained damage to your vehicle, you need to make sure to contact the very best panel beaters repair facility. At PJ’s Panels, you not only receive the best repairs but also the best service. They ensure you are never without a vehicle, have peace of mind that you are going to experience the best service and that your car is always going to be returned to like-new standards upon completion.

This is exactly why you should contact PJ’s Panels at 1300 545 363. After all, since you weren’t at fault for the accident, you shouldn’t have to be left on your own when it comes to repairing your own vehicle!

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