In 2021 My 2014 Limited was rear ended. Repair cost $8500. all new parts. Had no problem with Insurance. I let them sort it out. Had no problem getting into repair shop and my Jeep was repaired in a week. Two days ago, I made a claim for me hitting a pole. IMO has minor Right front damage. Replacing everything below the grill with new parts estimate is $2200. I have State Farm who will pay for new parts. Can't get it into repair shop until Jan 23rd. Problem is getting parts. Vehicle Supply chain still suffering from Covid shutdowns. Here in Central Ohio, there are daily accidents which has caused delays in getting into a repair shop. I called three other shops, and they all had a two or even three months wait to make repairs. My sister was hit in July this year her car wasn't repaired until late September. She called a Lawyer due to problems with insurance of person who hit her Car.Was driving home mid day Saturday and going thru a small traffic circle. Was going north and around the circle to continue north; was already past the midpoint when the car entering on the right didn't yield (didn't even slow down at all). No time to do anything and hit him. The young guy basically admitted fault and said the same thing to the trooper.
So, I will be working a claim with his insurance company only since it is his fault. But figure this will be no fun as the insurance company will try to split fault some how. It's been a long while since I had to deal with this so looking for advice, obvious or not. We did get a police report and I'm working to get a copy from the state troopers to see if they listed fault or issued a citation.
Damage: Right front fender, hood, headlight, foglight, bumper, fascia, suspension/steering (broken tie rod and/or control arm). Other unknown as suspension warnings and other warnings are lit. Suspension isn't leaking down.
1. Giving a statement to his insurance company . Anything to watch out for?
2. Finding a good body shop.
3. Using the body shop they indicate or not?
4. Use of OEM parts; tied to this is I have Lifetime Maxcare that I need to make sure stays valid.
5. Work that the body shop can/should do versus the dealer. Like suspension or collision warning.
6. Diminished value - I see this mentioned sometimes, how does this work?
Thanks for the advice in advance.
BOTTOM LINE: My local insurance agent knows which repair shops are the best. He deals with accidents almost daily and recommends the shops that received the least number of complaints.