You were just in a car accident and your car doesn't look so hot anymore. If you were in an especially bad accident, you are going to need professional collision repair in order to get your vehicle back on the road. This is obviously going to cost you some money, but it doesn't have to be the end of the world. It's possible to keep your collision repair costs down if you are smart about how you approach the situation. Here are some tips that might help you save money as you try and get your car back on the highway.

Your Insurance Company May Suggest Someone But You Can Go Anywhere You Want

If you do have insurance that will pay out after an accident, you will hopefully be able to keep costs down to a minimum. If this is a situation where you might expect some out of pocket costs even with the insurance involved, then you need to do your due diligence when it comes time to pick a collision repair center. Your insurance company will likely suggest someone in your area but you should know that the insurance company is obligated to reimburse you even if you choose to go to a different center, provided the repair is covered under the policy, of course.

Keep Out of Pocket Costs Down with Used or Refurbished Parts

If this is a situation where your insurance won't be paying for anything, then you are going to want to go all out to keep the cost down. In this scenario, the collision center does not need to use official manufacturer parts for the repair and you can instead opt for refurbished or used auto parts. Source your parts at a local junkyard or give the collision center some extra time and they can do it for you.

Ask Around for Both Referrals and Estimates

Finally, don't just hand the keys over at the first collision center you go to. Ask your local auto parts store for a referral or two and then get multiple estimates. Let the collision centers know you are also going to check in with the competition down the road and you might get a lower estimate. Tell the collision center you are paying out of pocket and they might cut you a break because there is no insurance company for them to bill.

Contact a local collision center, like Exoticar Paintworks Inc., today to get started.