Generally, after an accident, your insurance company will send out a claims adjuster to inspect the damage to your vehicle. If you want to get on top of your claim, you can also do an inspection yourself. This information will allow you to make sure that your claim is processed correctly and it will help you get a head start on finding an auto body shop that can repair your car.
Make sure you bring along either a smart phone or a camera. You'll want to take pictures of all the damage you notice on your vehicle. You'll also want to bring along something to take notes on as well:
Tip #1: Start With The Tires
It's best to start from the bottom and work your way up. Get down on the ground next to each to each tire and check it out. See if any of your tires have been punctured or look like they are loosing air. Next, make sure that your tires are securely attached to your vehicle. Sometimes, tires can come loose due to impact.
Tip #2: Move Up To The Lights
Next, inspect all of your lights. The lens covers of the lights may have been damaged in the accident. Walk around to all your lights and make sure the lens are still intact and record any damage you notice.
Tip #3: Walk Around The Car & Inspect Each Panel
Now you need to inspect each panel of your vehicle for damage. Start with your driver side door and work your way clockwise around your vehicle, noting and taking pictures of all the damage that you see. Working in a clockwise fashion will help you to keep your notes organized,
Tip #4: Open All The Doors
After you have inspected all the body panels, go back and try to open the doors. Sometimes a body panel can look fine during a visual inspection, and you only find out later that you can no longer open your back door. Make sure you take the time to try and open each of your doors. If you have trouble opening any of yours, take pictures and possibly a video as well.
Tip #5: Check The Hood & Trunk Too
Next, attempt to open your hood and then your trunk. Once again, take notes if you have difficulty opening these. Even if you have already noted that these panels were damaged, you should still attempt to open them. If they are jammed shut, that is something your mechanic will want to know about.
Tip #6: Don't Forget About The Windows
Finally, don't forget about the windows. If any of your windows were cracked due to the accident, you'll want to have them replaced.
You can share your inspection notes and pictures with your insurance provider. You can also use that information to help you get a quote for fixing the damages on your vehicle. The more information you can provide about the damages to your vehicle, the easier it will be for the body shops you call to provide you with accurate information.
To learn more, contact a company like Colormelt Autobody with any questions you have.