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How Long Does it Take to Repair a Car After an Accident?

Once you file a claim with your car insurance after an accident, you might wonder how long it will take to repair your vehicle. Sometimes it may take only a few days, while other times it may take several months.

Several factors can influence the timeframe, including:

  • Time to process and approve a claim
  • Extent of damage
  • Type of car getting repaired
  • Auto collision shop operations
  • Parts availability

Let’s dive deeper into the car repair process and what you can generally expect.

Get a repair cost estimate

The first step in the car repair process is to get an estimate of the cost. If The insurance company is going to be involved with covering the cost of damages, you will need to reach out to either your insurance or the insured that damaged your vehicle.  During that initial conversation they will most likely advise you and or establish the next steps involved with appraising your damages.

At this point an adjuster will evaluate the damage and give you a repair estimate. A repair estimate could be done virtually or in person by an insurance representative. Sometimes this happens on the same day, but it will more likely take a few days. Keep in mind the claims adjuster will provide an estimate, and the actual cost could end up exceeding expected cost. This first estimate is considered a preliminary estimate.

Alternatively, you could also get an estimate from auto body shops on how much it will cost to repair the damage. This may be worthwhile if your vehicle is badly damaged, as an auto collision damage appraiser specialist can make a thorough evaluation. You can take the estimates from the auto body shops to your claims adjuster and get a more accurate estimate for your claims.

Ask for a car repair time estimate

Now that you know approximately which repairs your vehicle needs at this stage, you can go to a collision repair shop to determine how long it will take. Minor damage like a windshield replacement or minor auto body work may only take a day or two. More expensive repairs will need more time. For example, extensive body damage can take over a month to fix.

A collision repair shop should set expectations for how long repairs will take, but you should prepare yourself for possible delays.

Consider all factors that could delay repairs

Delays can happen for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons may include:

  • Additional damages are found after full damage analysis and vehicle disassembly are completed and need additional repairs
  • The parts shipment is delayed
  • Replacement parts are hard to find for your type of vehicle and or backordered
  • The body shop repair technicians are unavailable or at full capacity
  • The body shop is already fully scheduled out and would not be able to start the repair process for a certain time period
  • The vehicle owner does not approve and sign the repair authorization in a timely manner
  • The insurance provider delays communication and or repair coverage confirmation, and the body shop would hold the vehicle as collateral.

In order to avoid unnecessary delays, the vehicle owner should stay in contact with the insurance provider and auto collision shop. Regular communication can help determine the best course of action.

Choose the right auto collision shop

When your vehicle is out for repairs, you want it back as soon as possible. One of the best ways to ensure a timely repair process is to pick a high-quality auto collision repair shop.

In Lancaster, PA, Bumpers Etc. is dedicated to putting the customer first. Our friendly team is ready to help you with insurance claims, towing, and any rental car needs. If you would like a free estimate or repair consultation please give us a call at 866-516-1102 or contact us through the virtual estimate request form to setup an appointment for us to get you back on the road safely again.