Tuesday, May 16, 2017

What Does the Auto Collision Repair Term, “Direct Repair” Mean?

A Direct Repair Program (DRP) is a specialized type of contract between insurance providers and some body shops. This arrangement does several things that benefit customers who need auto collision repair:

  • ·      Body shop personnel act as estimators on the work, saving the insurance company time and money because they no longer have to send a claims adjuster to look at the damage.
  • ·      Paperwork is streamlined with fewer required approval processes required from the insurance company. In this scenario, the insurer has to trust the body shop to do an exemplary job on its behalf, which is why only proven, top-tier shops are eligible as DRP partners.
  • ·      Work is guaranteed for life
  • ·      No claims adjuster or negotiations
  • ·      Guaranteed best price
  • ·      Faster body damage repair 

For the customer, all this adds up to a best-price guarantee, faster repairs, a lifetime warranty on the work, and you don’t have to spend your valuable time chasing down three competitive estimates.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Fast Way to Get a Body Shop Estimate

If you have an auto accident in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Junction City, Kansas, or the greater Wichita, Kansas, area, you no longer have to take your vehicle to the body shop for an initial estimate, thanks to Auto Craft’s Online Estimate Tool.

First things, first: if you have an accident, get your vehicle and yourself off the road. Contact law enforcement or other authorities, if needed, and generally get the situation under control. Those are the hard parts. The easy part is getting a repair estimate.

Monday, May 8, 2017

How to Determine Safe Stopping Distance and Avoid an Auto Collision

There are a lot of confusing how-to articles out there about calculating safe braking distance when you drive. Thank you, once again, to Auto Craft for providing this simple tutorial on how to figure distance and avoid an auto collision.

It isn’t calculus. Well, technically, stopping distances are explainable with calculus, but you don’t have to understand calculus to calculate safe stopping distances. It’s this easy:

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Start counting one-one thousand, two-one thousand, etc., as the vehicle in front of you passes any landmark. Ideally, you should be three to six seconds behind them, but two seconds should just allow you to avoid a collision as long as you are laser focused on traffic.

This technique works at any speed, under dry, normal road conditions. In conditions of darkness, bad visibility and/or wet roads, four seconds is the bare minimum. Make it six to ten seconds in snow and heavy rain.

Simple, right? No math anxiety here; just safe drivers with fewer visits to the collision center.

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