Let’s throw a hypothetical scenario out there. So you get into an auto accident, regardless of whether it was your fault or not it still happened and now you have some decisions to make. This is a helpful guide to some good and not-so-good things you can do after you find yourself in an auto collision.
Let’s get started:
First off, DON’T ignore what just happened. They say ignorance is bliss, but your car’s well-being is not something that should be ignored. If the damage is minor, even if you can’t see it right away, have a professional take a look at your vehicle before you attempt to drive it again. This is where your local body shop can come in handy. The smallest damage to your vehicle can cause long term effects that can include hindering alignment, reducing gas mileage, and increasing engine wear.
DO stay calm. One of the most important things to remember after an accident is to stay calm. Your local body shop is there to help you no matter what it takes. Their job is not to take your money, in fact a widely shared mentality in the auto-repair industry is that they hope to never see you again! That way they know they did a good job, and you are now safer because of it.
DO take pictures and record all evidence once you are in a safe place, both physically and mentally, to exit your vehicle. Pictures can help both the body shop and insurance agencies assess the damage to your vehicle before it’s moved off the road and to make sure nothing is altered before repairs can be made.
Lastly, DON’T blame yourself because these things happen everyday to the most unsuspecting people; and DON’T ever think you are alone after a collision because there is a network of professionals who are ready and willing to help you and your vehicle get back on the road as quickly and safely as possible!
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