The large numbers of summer storms that have wreaked havoc along the Atlantic and Gulf coastlines have kept insurance companies and auto paint and body shops hopping lately. That’s primarily due to the massive number of homes and vehicles that incurred hurricane damage this past couple of months. According to numerous press releases throughout the storm-affected areas of the Central, Eastern, Gulf south, and Midwest US, some paint and body shops have been operating between 14 and 16 hours daily.
Consequently, scam artists are coming out of the woodwork in order to capitalize on the miseries of these many victims. Unfortunately, many vehicle owners who’ve already been devastated by the home and vehicle damage they’ve sustained or having to be extra careful when it comes to selecting a reputable auto paint and body shop. For certain Floridians, this means being careful when they respond to Miami paint and body shop ads or advertisements for other southern Florida shops as well.
Rule #1: If it sounds too good to be true . . .
There have been numerous articles published about vehicle owners who had recently been scammed by door-to-door salesmen who offered to remove all dents from their vehicles and repair all paint damage for as little as $70 or $80. In one specific case, the price quoted was far too good to be true, yet the vehicle owner still fell prey to the scam. They took their vehicle to a reputable Miami paint and body shop where the scammer’s damages were estimated at $600, nearly double what those repairs would have cost had they brought their vehicle to the shop in the first place
Was the Job done professionally?
Vehicle collisions can be frightening and traumatic, but finding a trustworthy Miami paint and body shop can be even scarier. The following tips will ensure that you are getting your vehicle repaired and painted by professionals:
Get at least 3 estimates beforehand
Review each estimate thoroughly
Inspect all parts to ensure that they are OEM and not aftermarket items
Inspect the repairs and paint on other customer’s vehicles
Examine the consistency and quality of the paint that was used
These 5 helpful tips should make it easier to determine whether or not you’re dealing with a reputable paint and body shop.
There’s only One Way to protect Yourself
The only ways that you can protect yourself from these paint and auto body scammers is to politely tell them “No thank you”, shut the door, and then call the police immediately if you’re the least bit suspicious. If you want to have the damage and paint repaired professionally, your best option is always a reputable Miami paint and body shop. These specialists and technicians have been trained in all aspects of their body work or painting specialties.11