When you have a nice car, chances are that you want to keep the car looking its best for as long as possible. Unfortunately, other drivers on the road can cause damage that ruins the aesthetics. If you have cosmetic damage to your vehicle, you likely have some questions about the repair process.

Can You Pick The Company To Repair Your Vehicle?

If you plan on making a claim with your auto insurance provider, you might assume that you are limited to using an approved repair shop that your insurance provider wants you to go to. Thankfully, you do have a choice in which repair shop you go to. Laws have been passed that protect your rights to have the work done at a place that you trust, and be able to submit the receipt for reimbursement.

One thing to keep in mind is that the cost of repair still needs to be reasonable. Do not expect to submit a very high invoice and have it all reimbursed. The insurance company may place a limit on how much they are willing to pay for the repair, with a preferred vendor being guaranteed to cover the amount. Just work with your repair company and let them know the limits to see if they are willing to work with you.

Will Fixing A Dent Require A Paint Job?

One common type of damage to have repaired is a dent, and the need to paint over the dent really depends on how serious the damage is. There are paintless options for dent repair, which work by pulling out the dent using suction cups that apply pressure to the part of your vehicle. It's possible that this can get the job done and not require any paint to cover up the damage. Thankfully, your repair shop will know right away if the dent needs a paint job to fix the damage. If you can see chipped paint in the dent, repainting will be necessary to seal it and prevent the area from rusting.

How Should New Paint Be Cared For?

Be aware that new paint on a vehicle needs to fully dry before it can be washed and waxed. While this takes around one month, your repair shop can give you a more accurate estimate. Until then, try to keep the car clean by parking in your garage and keeping it out of the rain when possible. After the new paint has finally cured, you can then wash it and apply wax to protect the finish.

For more information, reach out to a company like Wilson's Auto World today.