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3 Myths about auto body shops: Myth #1

It’s never easy choosing the right auto body shop to fix your car, especially if you don’t know the ins and outs of your vehicle. 

It might be tempting to pick whatever auto body shop is close in Coquitlam or the Tri-Cities area, but that isn’t always advisable. 

There are many misrepresentations and myths circling around about auto body shops and insurance companies. At Tom’s Custom Auto Body, we want to dispel some of the rumours so you can make better decisions for your vehicle.. Here's Myth #1...

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ICBC Changes

Significant changes are coming to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) to tackle a growing deficit of more than $1-billion. The shift is almost entirely due to higher claims costs. ICBC paid $3-billion to settle claims last year and, in the first nine months of this fiscal year, has paid out $4.25-billion. Under the current system, an average minor injury claim costs $30,038, of which $16,500 is paid for pain and suffering, $7,500 for medical care and $6,038 for legal costs.

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Understanding ICBC

At Tom’s Custom Auto Body, we understand navigating the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) can be daunting so we’ve put together an easy guide for you to follow. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or go to your nearest ICBC insurance broker.

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Minor Auto Body Collision Claims

Parking lot accidents and other small fender benders happen fairly frequently. They are nothing to be ashamed of. When people get automobile collision coverage, they generally think about when they get into an accident with another car. However, collision insurance also covers those small dents and scrapes you get if your car is the only one damaged. Many people don’t want to get smaller automobile repairs done because they are afraid of the costs. However your car insurance will cover you even if you hit a pole, a fence, a mailbox or a wall. You’ll have to determine the cost of the damage on a case-by-case basis to see if it’s worth going to ICBC or not.

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How to Find a Reputable Collision Repair Shop

It can be frustrating finding an auto body repair centre to repair your vehicle to its original condition. You’ve probably searched on Google, phoned around, and asked friends for recommendations. It can be daunting if you’re not sure what to look for. Unfortunately, it’s easy to be ripped off if you don’t go to someone reputable.

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