After an accident, the last thing you probably want to do is worry about where to go for repairs if you don’t already have a favored auto body shop—or maybe you’ve been meaning to find a new one. Luckily, most insurance companies are ready to help you out with some referrals of shops they’ve worked with and most likely have a contract with. For some drivers, that may be all the convincing they need. For others, that just gives them a short list to do some quick research.

Either way, drivers often ask: do I have to use the auto body shop my insurance recommends? The answer: nope.

As mentioned before, some auto body shops will have a contract with insurance companies because it can help save money on the repair job. In exchange for being on the insurance’s list, the shop will often offer lower pricing on labor, parts, and materials. An established relationship will also make it easier overall to communicate, which the insurance might push if you choose to work with a different shop. However, that does not mean you’re required to work with the recommended shop. When it comes to repairing your car and getting back on the road safely, you want to make sure it’s with a company you trust, whether that’s because you’ve worked with them before, or you did your own research on them after the insurance recommendation.

Additionally, when looking for an auto body shop for less immediate damage, research will be your biggest help.

  • Use Google or other preferred search engine tool to see what auto body shops are in your area. Use search terms like “auto body shop near me” or “auto body shop” and your city. That will be a good place to start as you look through the options that come up. Look at a potential auto body shop’s website, social media, and online reviews to get a feel of their business.
  • Ask for recommendations from friends and family. More likely than not, someone you know has had to use an auto body center for repairs, and they’ll hopefully have a recommendation for you. Even with that trusted, word-of-mouth referral, it doesn’t hurt to do some research first by checking them out online.

Superior Collision Center offers lifetime warranty on our repairs, and we are a trusted auto body shop for the Southern Twin Cities metro. Give us a call if you’ve been in an accident and need help figuring out insurance and the extent of damage.