Collision Repairs: Restoring Your Vehicle After an Accident

Getting in an accident is no fun. It’s one of the least enjoyable events one can partake in. Nonetheless, automobile accidents are always possible when operating a motor vehicle. Fortunately, Harv’s Auto Body Repair can help you return to normal. As the leading collision center in Iowa City, IA, we offer a fast, efficient, and streamlined auto body and collision repair process. Here are a few steps involved in restoring your vehicle after an accident.

Harvs Auto Body Repair | Restoring a GMC Vehicle in the shop after an accident collision

Contact Law Enforcement and Submit an Insurance Claim

After you’ve been in an accident, the first step is to contact law enforcement. Then, you should call your insurance company and file your claim. It’s vital to contact your insurance company on the same day of the accident after your medical needs have been addressed because the insurance claim process can be lengthy. It’s vital to start the insurance claim as soon as possible. By promptly submitting your claim, you can ensure fewer out-of-pocket costs.

Capture Footage of the Damage

It’s imperative to document your vehicle’s damage at the scene of the accident with smartphone images and videos of dings, dents, and any other types of damage. If you don’t have your phone or a way to take pictures, write it down. Documenting all damage can help expedite the insurance claim process. It also allows you to differentiate between damage that occurred because of the accident vs. damage that occurred while your vehicle was being towed or stored.

Contact Harv's Auto Body Repair in Iowa City, IA for Collision Repair

Once your vehicle has been moved, it’s time to contact Harv’s Auto Body Repair in Iowa City, IA for collision repair. Our process starts with a comprehensive damage assessment and estimate. Our expert team of collision repair technicians, collision estimate professionals, and damage appraisers assess vehicle damage and create an estimate of the repair costs. We leverage the latest technology, equipment, and software to ensure our estimates are accurate and comprehensive. The process may also involve disassembling the damaged areas to determine the full extent of the damage.

File Your Collision Insurance Claim

When we have the collision estimate, we will communicate directly with your collision insurance coverage company to make the process as easy as possible. We will talk directly with your insurance company to get approval. Instead of you having to gather information, we will take care of all work estimates and transmission of digital photographs and documentation. As a bonus, our experts have extensive experience working directly with virtually all insurance providers.

Discuss Your Collision Insurance Coverage

In this step, the experts at Harv’s Auto Body Repair in Iowa City, IA will discuss your insurance coverage and which repairs can be made under it. We will talk through whether your insurance will cover original equipment manufacturer parts or aftermarket parts. We will also discuss any out-of-pocket costs you may have to pay before work begins. We offer extensive experience helping our customers think through all options and make the most confident decision.

We Take Care of the Work

When you choose Harv’s Auto Body Repair for collision repair, we will do all the heavy lifting. While every collision repair is different, the process typically follows some iteration of the following:

  1. We order all the necessary parts.
  2. We disassemble the damaged parts of your vehicle.
  3. Our experts will use state-of-the-art equipment to straighten any frame damage and perform structural repairs.
  4. After structural repairs are done, we will fix or replace damaged body panels.
  5. Next, we will prepare your vehicle for paint and apply it using our cutting-edge PPG paint equipment.
  6. After the painting is complete, we will reassemble your vehicle.
  7. Now that the “dirty” work has been completed, your vehicle will be professionally detailed to make sure no dust or debris remains.
  8. The last step is to perform a final inspection and quality control checks before delivering your vehicle to you.

Contact Harv's Auto Body Repair

We get it — accidents can be stressful. That’s why Harv’s Auto Body Repair in Iowa City, IA is laser-focused on making the process as seamless and easy as possible.

Call us today at (319) 351-0680, stop by our shop at 423 Highland Ave., Iowa City, IA 52240, or complete our online contact form.