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How to File an Insurance Claim for Auto Repairs

Posted on July 11, 2018

If you are in an accident, you will likely need to file an insurance claim for repairs. This process will differ depending on whether your own insurance is paying for the damage or if another driver was at fault and his or her insurance is covering the claim. Keep in mind that no insurance company can tell you which auto body shop you have to use. Although insurance companies may have preferred repair providers, the ultimate choice about who fixes your car is up to you. Here is what you need to know about the process of filing a claim.

Contact Your Insurance Company

When an incident happens, contact your insurance company as soon as possible. This is the start of the process of filing a claim. You should call your own insurance company even if another driver’s policy is paying for your repairs. Your insurance company will take the information you have about the other driver and work with that insurance company to facilitate your claims process. When you contact your insurance company, they will provide you with a claim number that will be attached to your case throughout the repair process. Keep this number handy, as you will need to supply it to the auto repair shop.

Get an Estimate

Take your car to a repair shop for an estimate. They can provide estimated repair costs to you and your insurance company and then schedule your car for repairs, as necessary. At this stage, the auto body shop can use your claim number to call the insurance company on your behalf. The payment for your repairs can be handled between your insurance company and the repair shop.

Pay Your Deductible

Before your insurance company pays on your claim, you will need to pay your deductible. The repair shop will collect this from you on behalf of the insurance company. When the deductible is paid and repairs have been completed and paid for, your claim will be closed.

B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. is experienced in working with insurance companies to facilitate claims for auto repairs for our Chicago customers. Bring your car by the shop for an estimate or call (773) 463-1622 for more information.

Getting an Estimate for Collision Repairs

Posted on July 6, 2018

After an accident, the process of arranging for collision repairs can be confusing, but taking things step by step will help to ensure that you get quality service as quickly as possible. The first step, after calling your insurance company, is typically to get an estimate. An estimate for collision repairs will give you an idea of the amount of damage you have and how much your repairs will cost.

An estimate usually can be done quickly. At B&L Automotive, we perform estimates between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily without an appointment. The process usually takes about 10 or 15 minutes. After that time, you will know how much damage was done to your car and have an idea of whether repairs will cost more or less than your deductible.

B&L Automotive Repairs Inc. is committed to making the collision repair process in Chicago as simple as possible. Our team will walk you through the entire experience, from estimate to delivery of your repaired car, and we can work with your insurance company on your behalf. Whether you need minor car bumper repairs or extensive auto body work, call (773) 463-1622.

Behind the Scenes of the Car Repair Process

Posted on June 26, 2018

Experiencing a car collision is unnerving, and the process of getting your car fixed after an accident can seem overwhelming. At B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc., we’re committed to making car repairs as simple and convenient for you as possible. From getting an estimate to picking up your newly repaired car, we’re here to help you at every stage. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at what happens when you bring in your car for repairs.

Estimate

During the estimate process, we will give you an estimated cost of fixing the damage to your car. This process only takes 10 or 15 minutes, and you can bring in your car without an appointment any time between and 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If your car cannot be driven to the shop, call Belmont Kolmar Towing. We work with the majority of insurance companies, so bring your insurance information and a claim number, if you have one, to your estimate appointment. We will collect the deductible from you and make the necessary arrangements with your insurance company. After you get an estimate, you can make an appointment for repair services.

Rental Car

If you need a rental car while our shop is working on your car repair, we can help you make the arrangements. Your insurance company can tell you if you have rental car coverage. We can arrange your rental at an Enterprise Rent-a-Car location near our shop.

Car Repairs

Our representative will explain the exact repairs your car needs and provide you with regular updates as your car is being fixed. We won’t leave you in the dark wondering when your car will be done. When repairs are completed, you can pick up your car. We provide a written, lifetime guarantee on all car repairs we perform.

Choose B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. for collision and auto body repairs after an accident. Our certified technicians provide precision auto body work and high-caliber repairs. Make an appointment for collision services in Chicago by calling (773) 463-1 622.

What Is an Auto Insurance Deductible?

Posted on June 19, 2018

If you need collision repairs and file a claim on your auto insurance, chances are that you will need to pay a deductible. The deductible is usually collected by the repair shop on behalf of the insurance company, and the repair shop then works with the insurance company to get payment for whatever repairs are covered under your policy.

A deductible is simply the amount of money you have to pay before your insurance coverage pays for repairs on your car. The amount of your deductible depends on your policy. Generally, if you have a low premium, your deductible will be higher than that of someone who pays a higher premium. If you have a $500 deductible on your insurance, you will pay the auto body shop $500, and your insurance will pay for the cost of repairs over that amount.

B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. makes the confusing process of dealing with car insurance easier when you need collision repairs. We work with most insurance companies and can assist you through the claim process. To find out more about our certified collision center in Chicago, call (773) 463-1622.

The Dangers of Slow Driving in the Left Lane

Posted on June 14, 2018

Slow drivers in the left lane aren’t just an annoyance for people who like to go faster. They also increase the risk of accidents even more than speeders. This video shows why slow driving in the left lane can lead to the need for car repairs.

Driving slower than other drivers increases the risk of accidents, because it increases the number of times that cars have to change lanes in order to maneuver around the slower car. Statistics have shown that driving five miles per hour slower than other drivers is more dangerous than driving five miles per hour faster.

When a car accident happens, B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. is here to help with reliable auto body repairs. Contact our body repair shop in Chicago by calling (773) 463-1622.

A Look at the Impacts of Unrepaired Alignment Damage After a Collision

Posted on June 6, 2018

One of the most important parts of collision repair is realignment. Even if your car looks fine and you don’t need any auto body repair, it is always a good idea to have your car examined by the pros after an accident to determine if your alignment was impacted in the crash. Your car’s alignment is more sensitive than you may think—even hitting a pothole can throw it off—and it can easily be affected by minor accidents. Failing to repair alignment issues after an accident can lead to several problems for your car in the future. Here are some of the impacts of unrepaired alignment damage.

Uneven Tire Wear

Ideally, when you buy a set of tires and have them rotated regularly, they will wear evenly. This allows you to get the maximum amount of life out of each set. When your car is out of alignment, increased vibration and pressure can affect one tire more than the rest, causing that tire to wear out prematurely. This can be an inconvenience in that it causes you to have to replace one tire before you replace the rest of the set, and it can also be dangerous. As the tread wears away on the affected tire, it will grip the road less efficiently, which can contribute to accidents.

Poor Handling

Alignment issues can cause your car to pull to one side or the steering wheel to vibrate. This can make your car difficult and uncomfortable to handle. In some cases, alignment problems can cause severe pulling issues, which makes the car difficult to steer and could contribute to accidents.

Reduced Fuel Efficiency

Your tires play an important role in achieving the maximum fuel efficiency in your vehicle. As alignment problems wear down your tires, your fuel efficiency will also take a hit. Handling problems with your car can further reduce your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

After an accident, find out if your alignment needs repairs by bringing your car in to B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. We are a certified collision center that offers full car and auto body repair services. For dependable collision repair in Chicago, call (773) 463-1622.

What to Do if Your Car Suffers Storm Damage

Posted on May 22, 2018

From hailstones to strong winds, storms can blow through quickly but leave a trail of damage in their wakes, including body damage to your car. If your car has suffered damage during a storm, here is what to do next to fix your auto body damage as quickly as possible.

Stay Safe When Evaluating Your Damage

The danger doesn’t end when a damaging storm passes. For many people, injuries happen after the storm, when they are checking out their property. Stay away from broken glass and nails on the ground, and don’t go near any downed power lines, as they may still be live. If your car is in deep water, don’t enter unless you are sure there are no power lines in the water, and don’t start your engine, as you could flood it. Push your car out, if possible, or wait for a tow or the water to recede.

Call Your Insurance Company

Filing a claim for auto body repairs for storm damage is the same as filing one for an auto accident. Simply contact your insurance company to find out what your coverage is and what, if any, deductible your plan has. Most comprehensive coverage insurance plans cover storm damage. Your insurance company cannot require you to choose a specific auto body repair shop in order to receive coverage for your damage.

Contact an Auto Body Shop

To get repairs, contact an auto body repair shop. There, you can get an estimate for the damage and find out what services need to be done to make your car look like new again. Be sure to ask the repair shop if they are certified, if they can match your paint color, and how long you can expect repairs to take.

Whether you need dent repairs from hailstorm damage or extensive collision repair services, B&L Automotive has you covered. To make an appointment for auto body repair in Chicago, call us at (773) 463-1622.

What Are the Benefits of CCC Autobody Systems?

Posted on May 15, 2018

Not all auto body repair shops are created equal, so where you decide to take your vehicle for car repairs matters. At B&L Automotive, we rely on the latest technology to ensure smooth claims management for insurance companies as well as better repair outcomes for customers. CCC Autobody Systems are one of the many tools that allow us to deliver these results.

CCC links more than 20,000 collision repair shops with 350 insurance companies and a variety of other industry partners to ensure that efficiency is being maximized at each stage of the claims and repair process. Through the system, everything from estimates to repair times is improved, thanks to analytic tools and powerful data collection and tracking.

Using CCC is one of the ways that B&L Automotive provides reliable and comprehensive collision repair, from small dents and bumper repairs to frame repairs. If you are in need of car repairs in Chicago, call (773) 463-1622 to make an appointment at our certified collision center.

Questions to Ask About Your Collision Repair Services

Posted on May 8, 2018

Being involved in an auto accident is scary, and the whole process that comes afterwards is often confusing. Many people don’t know what to expect when they take their cars in for collision repairs after an accident, or even what they should ask the collision center about the work that they are going to do. If you need auto body repairs, ask these questions about your collision repair services so you know exactly what to expect.

Do you work with my insurance company?

Most collision repair centers have someone on staff whose job it is to facilitate insurance claims and make the process easier for clients, whether you are filing the claim on your own insurance or someone else was at fault and his or her insurance is paying. Keep in mind that an insurance company cannot require you to get your job done at a specific shop. Where you get collision repairs performed is your choice.

How long will my repairs take?

A number of different factors influence how long your car repairs can take, from the number of customers whose cars were scheduled for repairs before yours to how extensive the damage to your car is. Having a good idea of how long your service will take will help you make other necessary arrangements, such as having a rental car.

How are your repair specialists trained?

Unskilled collision repairs can lead to anything from annoyances like mismatched paint jobs to serious issues like unsafe repairs. Look for a certified collision center with industry rates like I-CAR Gold Class Professionals memberships, which require auto body shops to keep up with continuing education for their technicians, so you can feel confident that skilled professionals are repairing your car using the very latest techniques.

At B&L Automotive, our certified collision center is focused on ensuring that every repair is performed at the highest standard and every customer leaves satisfied. To learn more about our auto body shop in Chicago, please call (773) 463-1622.

How to Keep Your Windshield Streak-Free

Posted on May 1, 2018

A streaky windshield is more than an annoyance. It can also interfere with your vision and contribute to the risk of accidents. Before you end up in need of collision repair from an accident that could have been prevented with better visibility, watch this video to learn more about cleaning your windshield.

Most of the streaks on windshields come from an oily film that builds up inside, thanks to off-gassing from the dashboard’s materials. In this video, you’ll learn how to remove that film and reduce the streaks and nighttime glare that affects your vision.

When an accident does occur, B&L Automotive is here with collision service to make your car look like new. For more information about car repair, call our certified collision center in Chicago at (773) 463-1622.

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