Your insurance company issues your claim number when you report an accident. Simply write it down and bring it with your when you begin the repair process and we will take care of the rest.
Auto Body Repair – Frequently Asked Questions
As part of our continued dedication to providing quality collision and auto body repair services in Circleville and Chillicothe, OH, we are happy to answer any and all questions you may have. The listings below are a selection of questions our customers frequently ask about auto body repair, body refinishing, or auto paint jobs.
Circleville Hours: Monday-Thursday 8-6, Friday 8-5:30 and Saturday by Appointment
Chillicothe Hours: Monday – Friday 8-5 and Saturday by Appointment
Absolutely. Once the estimate is approved by your insurance company or whomever is paying the claim, we generally will order parts. After that, we will schedule a drop-off time for your vehicle. If your vehicle is unsafe to drive, we will help you arrange for a rental car as soon as possible. This helps us provider a faster turnaround time.
No. If the price of repairs exceeds your insurance company's determined value of your vehicle, then it is declared a total loss. Today's vehicles are built using unibody (frame and body as one) construction. Our team of technicians utilizes state of the art computer measuring systems to aid in returning your car to its original factory specifications. If the frame section is bent beyond repair, that section can simply be replaced.
Modern vehicle paint finishes incorporate multiple layers of highly specialized paints. Our body shops utilize the finest paint systems available and work to constantly upgrade our equipment as technology advances. This ensures we can match each vehicle's paint, no matter the make or model. This is the final step in a successful restoration process.
Yes, our mechanical shop in Circleville, OH can accommodate most requests. When you call to make your appointment, just let one of our technicians know what you would like done so we can make the necessary arrangements.
We can give you an estimate of the time it will take to complete the repairs on your vehicle, but be sure to check with your adviser for the specifics of your vehicle.
Yes, we can give you a lift home after you drop off your vehicle. We work diligently to make sure each visit is a positive experience, so we provide services like pickup and delivery.
Our team can help you make the necessary arrangements for a rental car if you need one. Be aware, insurance companies will only pay for a rental car if you have the option on your current policy or if you are the claimant. You will need to check your policy or call your insurance company to find out what your specific limitations are and if you have rental coverage on your current policy.
When you vehicle is finished, we will notify you that it is ready to be picked up. You can also check the status of your repair on this website. You will see a message next to the last picture of your vehicle telling you your vehicle is ready to be picked up. Feel free to call or email us during the repair process to address any questions or concerns.
Yes, we guarantee all repairs with a Lifetime Warranty.
The amount of your deductible is determined by your specific insurance policy. If you carry broad collision, and were not at fault, your insurance deductible will most likely be waived. To determine who is at fault, insurance companies review the accident report and your account of the accident that accompanies your claim. If you are unsure whether you will have to pay a deductible, contact your insurance agent or insurance company to determine if it has been waived or if it will be due at the time you pick up your vehicle.
If your insurance company does not waive your deductible, it is your responsibility to pay it when you pick up your vehicle. Please contact your insurance company if you are unsure if your deductible has been waived.
The most convenient and easy way to pay for a portion of your repairs is to endorse your insurance claim check and submit it to the shop. We always accept cash and personal checks, and credit cards may be used, but your may be subject to a 2% processing fee with purchases exceeding $1000.00.
Parts that commonly wear out (batteries, suspension, tires, and so on) are subject to betterment charges during the repair process. Your insurance company determines these betterment charges and pro-rates them based on the mileage on your vehicle.
During the first 30 days:
- Using a soft cloth, hand wash your vehicle with cool water and a very mild car wash solution. Always use clean, fresh water and wash your vehicle in the shade.
- Do not use stiff brushes or sponges, as this can mar the finished and damage the surface.
- Do not "dry wipe" your vehicle, as this can scratch the finish.
- Avoid driving on gravel roads, because this can chip away your new finish.
- Avoid parking under trees and utility lines to prevent bird droppings from falling on your vehicle. Bird droppings have a high acidity, which will damage the freshly painted surface.
- Tree sap can also mar or leave spots on the freshly painted surface.
- Do not spill antifreeze, transmission fluid, windshield solvent, or gasoline on the newly painted surface, and do not scrape ice or snow from the newly painted surface.
During the first 90 days:
- Wax or polish your vehicle, as the finish still needs to dry and harden completely.
Choose the Collision Center You Can Trust
If you have additional questions, please give us a call at 740-774-2600 to reach our Chillicothe body shop or 740-474-5354 to reach our Circleville, OH mechanical and collision repair shop location.