Georgia Laws Regarding Auto Body Repair
Understanding the law when it comes to auto body repairs is more important than you may think. Insurance companies may attempt to compel you to use a particular body shop or repair facility. Under Georgia law, this is an illegal practice.
Title 33, Chapter 34 – MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT REPARATIONS, deals with this sort of scenario. Unfortunately, many customers are unaware of their rights. G.A. Code § 33-34-6 (2015) states that: an insurer cannot force you to use a specific body shop or prevent you from using an alternative facility. If, as a result of this practice, the insured does not receive payment of a claim, he or she may pursue legal recourse.
The law also protects the person making a claim if they choose to use a body shop that can complete repairs at the same cost as the insurer’s source. However, you do not necessarily need to hire an attorney to represent you. Wreck Check Atlanta can provide services that can help customers resolve disputes with insurance companies.
Diminished Value Appraisal
At Wreck Check Atlanta, we provide a range of appraisals and post-repair services. Most individuals are not experienced in the laws surrounding insurance claims. We will provide you with documentation, including an appraisal report and any other pertinent information needed. Our specialists are well-versed in first- and third-party diminished value processes.
Given the opportunity, many insurance adjusters will devalue your vehicle. Other issues include repair processes that use inferior parts, which could lower the value of your vehicle and result in safety issues. Learn more at the following links:
A vehicle will go through one of several repair processes. An appraiser can provide a pre-repair assessment to ensure that insured parties receive fair treatment. We liaise with insurance companies, repair facilities and your attorney to achieve the best outcome.
Wreck Check Atlanta Consultation
A consultation with Wreck Check Atlanta involves discussing your case with an experienced appraiser. In many instances, we offer this initial service free of charge. Call our offices today if you are about to contact an insurer or are currently locked in a diminished value dispute.