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Body Shop Horrors and Daytona Beach Auto Accident Attorney

Fri, Oct 07, 2011 at 1:44PM

     It’s still a little early for Halloween, but a Daytona Beach accident attorney knows everyone likes a good horror story, except for when it involves something like your automobile.

     Generally if your car has been wrecked, your insurance company or the person at fault’s insurer will direct you to a reputable body shop. The body shops are supposed to maintain a certain level of equipment and training that makes them a recommended shop by the insurer.

     But a Daytona Beach accident attorney knows that doesn’t mean something bad can’t happen.

     Sometimes it can be something simple like a paint job that covered a rusted spot instead of the rusted spot getting repaired. At first you won’t even notice it, but then a tiny speck appears and starts growing. By the time you notice it, it is a small splotch and you think it may just be the light playing tricks on your eyes. But it keeps growing and then, seemingly overnight, you’ve got a full-blown calamity. You scream. You kick a tire. You walk around the car wondering why, why, why? Then you try to figure out what to do.

      You could try going back to the body shop and see if they will rectify the situation. Sometimes they will because it’s better to do some remedial work than jeopardize their reputation. But sometimes they won’t.

       The Better Business Bureau is a good resource as is the Florida Division of Consumer Services, especially when the claim is relatively small money wise.

       While this hypothetical horror story is rather mild (enhanced for dramatic effect), there are times when the calamity could cost thousands of dollars, especially for more expensive vehicles. Then it is probably going to be up to the courts to decide who should pay.

      It is important to know that if your vehicle has been damaged, regardless of which insurance company is responsible for paying the bill, you are free to select any repair shop you choose.  Often it is better to use a shop you know and trust, or one that comes highly recommended, than to rely on a repairman the insurance company has selected.  If you would like a referral to a reputable repair shop that does excellent, quality work, call us!  We are happy to help.  Should you become the victim of a body shop horror story, you can consult with a Daytona Beach auto accident attorney about your rights.

      The attorneys of Seitz & Tresher also can consult with you about wrongful death, personal injury and other legal issues.

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