When a vehicle sustains damage in a collision, the people in it will typically be in a state of shock. In this frame of mind, they will hardly be able to gather their thoughts and be coherent. Similarly, they will probably not be in any condition to think in a clear and logical manner. In many cases, vehicular collisions will affect the body of the vehicle. Some collisions produce superficial damage. For instance, you might need to rid your car of some scratches and dents. Or, you might need to repair a broken bumper. In contrast, other collision impacts could well compromise the structural integrity of your car. Regardless of the damage your car has sustained, you will be aware that it needs CGU or Prestige smash repairs. Thus, you will need to ensure that you’re aware of the extent of damage. Knowing this would enable you to estimate the total cost of restoring your vehicle to its pre-accident state.
Many people simply deposit their vehicles at automotive repair and body shops for examination and repairs. The professionals at these shops inspect the vehicles thoroughly. Thereafter, they provide estimates detailing the damages and the cost of carrying out the appropriate repairs. However, if you’re keen to envisage the extent of damage by yourself:
- Note down the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the vehicle – you will usually find this inside the driver’s door frame when the door is open or at the bottom of the windshield directly in front of the driver
- Note down the car’s make, model, model year and the body style (such as sedan, wagon etc.)
- Take pictures of the affected area – from a straight-on angle as well as from an aerial view – and document the damage
- For every kind of damage that you come across, specify the necessary corrective actions
- For instance, if your car’s wheels have sustained damage, your corrective action could include brake servicing, wheel alignment and tyre balancing
- Inspect the parts of the car that will require replacement rather than repairing
- Don’t forget to include parts that the impact of the collision has not affected directly
- Specify all the other non-repair costs that you might incur during the SMART repairs process such as vehicle storage and towing expenses etc.