Getting your car repaired after road traffic accidents
If you have never been involved in Christchurch road traffic accidents before, and have recently been involved in your first accident, knowing what to do immediately after can be difficult. On a practical level, it will be up to you to deal with financial issues, get your car repaired, and also deal with any injuries you or your passengers have sustained.
For the most part, if police are present at the scene of Christchurch road traffic accidents then they will help to process all of the legal stuff, but simple things like getting your car repaired can seem huge after any serious Christchurch road traffic accidents. Here are some tips for getting your car repaired for the first time:
- Ask for recommendations. You will undoubtedly have plenty of friends and loved ones who drive and have had to get their cars repaired in the past. Ask them for recommendations of good mechanics that they have used and were a good price to help you to find one that is good for you.
- Ask for a quote. Before you hand over any money, go to a few different mechanics and ask for a rough quote for the kind of work you need done. You can then compare these prices to help you to choose your mechanic, as well as get an idea of whether the mechanic you are thinking of is an honest one.
- Talk to your insurer. If you are struggling with money to pay for your repairs, speak to your insurer as they should be able to provide money to help you get your car repaired. If the accident was not your fault, then you should be able to claim back from the other person’s insurance, but it is still worthwhile speaking to your own insurer first.
- Ask questions. Before your mechanic makes any repairs, ask them exactly what they will be repairing and why. You can then use this information to work out how much you should be paying, and know if you are being overcharged.
Christchurch road traffic accidents compensation claims
You may be able to make compensation claims if you are involved in Christchurch road traffic accidents which were not your fault. This compensation should help you to pay for repairs and keep you financially afloat whilst everything else is being sorted out. Compensation also gives you a sense of vindication after an accident which was not your fault, making it easier for you to start to heal.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to discuss your accident with the team and get help deciding whether or not you want to proceed with a claim, based on how likely it is that your claim will be successful. If you do decide to go ahead, the helpline is available to provide help and support throughout your claim.