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Choosing an Auto Body Shop for Your Damaged Vehicle

We have no shortage of auto body shops in Atlanta, from corporate franchises to local garages. You may already have a body shop you trust if you have had work done on your vehicle before. After a car accident, you may be wondering if you can go to any collision shop, or if you have to follow the insurance company’s recommendation. You want to make sure that your car is fixed right and the costs are covered.

Insurance Company Preferred Providers

All insurance companies have “preferred providers.” These are the auto body shops that give discounts to the insurance company for bringing them business. Your insurance company wants you to go to a preferred provider in order to pay as little as possible for repairing your vehicle, so they make the process relatively easy. For example:

  • With a preferred provider, the shop will generally be located near you, and the shop will have experience dealing with your insurance company.
  • Insurance companies generally use only ASE certified, insured auto body shops.
  • Because the body shop has a relationship with the insurer, your repairs may get done faster.
  • You won’t have to negotiate pricing because the shop will create the bill based on the insurance company’s standards.

There also may be disadvantages to going with a preferred provider. These include:

  • Because the body shop is trying to keep costs low for the insurance company, they may use generic or salvaged parts to fix your car.
  • A preferred provider may not fix hidden damage to your car in order to keep the cost of repairs down.
  • Preferred providers are on the insurance company’s side, not yours, which means the shop may put your insurer’s interests and bottom line above yours.
Choosing Your Own Auto Body Shop

If you take your vehicle to a shop of your choice, your insurance company will likely send an adjuster to provide his or her own estimate. You and your technician may have to play hardball with your insurance company to cover the cost of repairs. This may somewhat delay getting your car fixed, but knowing your vehicle has been repaired completely and correctly is usually worth it to you. Please also note that your insurance company may owe you money for the diminished value of your automobile after an accident.

Call KWFDM After a Car Accident in Atlanta

Dealing with insurance companies and repair shops after a car accident can be frustrating and confusing. The Georgia car accident lawyers at Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC can help you protect your rights and interests, and ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to under your insurance policy. Call us today at (404) 460-0101 to discuss the best next steps you can take after a car wreck anywhere in Georgia.

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I was in a head-on collision last year that put me in a wheelchair with a fractured femur. I needed an attorney and my cousin recommended this firm because he had used Briant Mildenhall for his accident. I was glad I called Briant because he always did what he said he would do and kept me informed. We settled with the insurance company and I'm happy with the result. If someone I know needs an attorney, I will tell them to call Briant because he will get the job done. Michael G.
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After a head–on collision I had extremely serious injuries to my back and neck, and some internal injuries. I was airlifted to the hospital and started a huge amount of medical expenses accumulating. I hired a lawyer recommended by a friend but I was not satisfied. My cousin told me about this firm so I talked to Briant Mildenhall about handling the case. I was at ease from the get–go. Briant kept me informed all the way through, was always reassuring and did everything he said he would do. He helped us get the money we needed to get the treatment we needed. Briant was fantastic! Ronda W. (Car Accident)
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I was in a car accident that was complicated from the start. I looked on the internet and called a few different lawyers but they turned me down after they heard my story. When I called this firm Lyn Dodson asked me to talk to her in person. I met with Lyn and Rob Katz and after hearing my story they were confident I had a case. They vigorously pursued my case and over time we built a trusting relationship. Lyn even took time to help me with the traffic issues and other aspects of the case. They were always on my side and talked to me about the advantages and disadvantages of my options... Robert W. (Car Accident)
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After my car accident, I was looking for an attorney and came across the name Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC. My intuition told me to call. I called in and Briant Mildenhall talked to me. He was very clear and honest about my options. As the case went forward, Briant and the staff at the law office always answered my questions right away. I was very confident in Briant's legal ability. He kept me informed every step of the way. I would recommend Mr. Mildenhall and the firm to anyone who needs an attorney. Antonio J. (Car Accident)
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I would recommend the law firm of Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC. Lyn Dodson was my attorney after my auto accident. I had confidence in her legal abilities and experience. She did a very good job for me. She was always there to answer the many questions I asked. The firm is very professional. Lyn always gave you her undivided attention. The firm, especially Lyn, worked with you like a long time friend. Joe B. (Auto Accident)
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I am 100% satisfied. I called Rob the day after the accident. Everything he said that would happen did, every step of the way. He went beyond what we needed him to do. I would definitely use him again and recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer. Steve H.
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Robert Katz isn't your average personal injury lawyer. He has specialized knowledge and experience that the others don't. Timothy W. (Trucking Accident)
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I have nothing but good and positive things to say about Rob. One of the unique things about my case was that I was involved in a bicycle accident with another biker. He took an unorthodox case between two bicycle riders and he could see the logic and liability in it. I was very happy with the result. Rodney H. (Bicycle Accident)
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We just loved him to death. He acted like he cared about us, not just our case. He kept us posted on everything. He even called us on Sundays to update us. My case involved a rear-end collision where I had herniated disks and I had had a prior back injury. Complicated as it was, we were very happy with the outcome. Kathy H. (Car accident)
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Throughout the course of my case, Mr. Katz kept me informed about its status, returned my telephone calls and was very attentive to my needs and concerns. Simply put, he cared not just about my case, but about me. Joseph B.
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I was, and still am, extremely satisfied with Rob's work and with the outcome of my case. Rob strives to be there for his clients, and I was no exception...I would happily recommend Rob to anyone who is seeking legal assistance after suffering a severe injury. Joey E.
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