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If you find yourself in a collision or motor vehicle accident, DON’T let your insurance company decide where you send your vehicle! The Direct Repair Program in place with these “recommended” body shops lead to fast, cheap repairs that could end up costing you a lot more in the long run–in terms of you and your family’s safety. Send the vehicle to the repair facility of YOUR choice!

But what if you don’t know a good body shop? This is a pretty common problem. It’s hard to know which body shop to trust, and if you haven’t needed repairs before, you may not have an established relationship with a reputable repair facility. So what do you do?

Find a body shop you can trust.
First, ask your dealership. Second, go on your manufacturer’s website and see who is certified to work on your vehicle. Never take your vehicle where the insurance company sends it.

You have the right to decide where your vehicle will be repaired, and you can inform the insurance company of your decision.

What if I’m thinking of using a DRP?

So you’ve done your best to find a body shop you can trust, but no dice! No one has any recommendations for you, and you end up taking your vehicle to the “recommended” or “preferred” body shop. How can you ensure that your repairs are done properly, using the best parts, and guaranteed to leave your car in the best possible condition?

The way to do that is to ask the following questions:

  • Are you doing the repairs to meet the insurance company’s standard, or to ensure my safety? — If they’re doing it for the insurance company, they have the wrong priorities!
  • Will you use OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts on my vehicle, or will you use aftermarket parts? — Aftermarket parts are essentially counterfeits, made with inferior design and materials. Dangerous!
  • Will you be repairing parts that should be replaced? — Fast work doesn’t always mean quality. Repairs to the body (the visible) won’t address structural damage.
  • Are you planning to meet the insurance company’s deadline for the repairs, or will you work until the vehicle is properly repaired? — Definitely the latter! Faster isn’t better.

Asking these questions will help you to evaluate the body shop’s true objective, and will make it easier for you to decide if they are the body shop for you or not.

If you find yourself in a collision and don’t know who to trust, let Network Auto Body be your first choice. We are 100% reliable, which is why we’re the recommended body shop of multiple Los Angeles dealerships, including:

  • Toyota of Hollywood
  • Scion of Hollywood
  • Universal City Nissan
  • Volkswagen of Van Nuys
  • Land Rover Encino
  • Kia of Downtown Los Angeles
  • Mini of Universal City
  • Century West BMW
  • Mercedes-Benz of Valencia
  • Glendale Infiniti-Nissan
  • Motor Village L.A. Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Fiat

We’ll work with you to ensure your vehicle is repaired the way YOU want it, and we’ll go to bat against the insurance company to fight for the best quality repairs. Your safety is our #1 priority!