No one wants to get involved in an accident with another vehicle. If it happens to you it can be a very stressful situation. You could be stuck without a vehicle for up to a week while the insurance company adjusters inspect the damage done and repairs take place on your vehicle. You may also have to visit a doctor in case you were injured during the accident. If you’re not seriously injured or your’e not injured at all you will definitely want to get your life back to normal as soon as possible. As you’re probably aware, a big part of that is getting your vehicle repaired. It’s important to know you have certain rights during the collision repair process and its important to know what those rights are.┬áBy exercise these rights you can ensure your vehicle will be repaired in a safe, complete, and expedited manner.

Here are a few of your rights regarding collision repair of your vehicle. Some of these may vary according to the state in which you live so check with your state’s department of insurance to find out if there are any deviations from or additions to these rights.

You have the right to decide where your vehicle will be repaired.

You have the right to have your vehicle towed to any repair shop you choose. Choose an auto body/collision repair shop carefully.

You have the right to require the insurance company to pay for all repairs within reason, minus any deductibles, to bring your vehicle to the condition it was in before the collision.

You have the right to an alternate form of transportation (such as a rental car) until all repairs are completed in full if the accident was not your fault.

You are only required to obtain one estimate to determine the amount of damage sustained by the vehicle.

In many states the law prohibits your insurer from requiring you to use a particular body shop.

You retain the right to request original equipment to repair your vehicle. Original equipment means the same equipment your vehicle’s manufacturer makes. This can help ensure that the replacement parts fit properly, work like they’re supposed to, and are safe. It’s wise to check your insurance policy to find out whether original equipment can be used and in which circumstances. Some insurance policies mandate that only original equipment be used to repair collision damage, and some policies give the option for original equipment to be used. Still, other policies state that parts “of like kind and quality” be used. “Like kind and quality” means parts that are made by someone other that the vehicle’s manufacturer. They have to look the same, fit the same, and have a similar level of quality as the original part did. They have to function the same and be just as safe as the original part was.

Most states require insurers and body shops to inform the customer whether original equipment or “like kind and quality” parts will be used. This information is usually disclosed while the damage to the vehicle is being estimated. There are a few states that have “no disclosure” or “no consent” rules in place original equipment. Check your policy and know what rights you have regarding collision repair before beginning repairs on your vehicle.

By knowing what rights you possess during the collision repair process for your vehicle you can make certain your vehicle is repaired to its original condition at a fair cost to you and in a timely manner. Those rights will protect you from things like misleading estimates, substandard parts, or poor quality body work.





We’ve had two big storms recently hit the U.S. One was in Florida and the other was down in Texas. Here’s a little bit of advice if you’re looking to buying a used car in the next couple of months.

Avoid flood damaged cars.

Flood damaged cars have hidden damage from water infiltrating a lot of components. This is really true if they’ve sat in high water for days at a time. The water damage can damage electronics, fuel and lubrication systems, seep into a car’s engine, and cause corrosion to a car’s body.

Sometimes wholesalers will purchase flood damaged cars at auction, repair them, then take them to other parts of the country. These cars are then sold to buyers who would never suspect the damage that’s happened. It is very important for used car buyers across the United States to be on the lookout for any car that may have flood damage.

Many of these vehicles have a salvage title. This happens a lot on vehicles that have been flooded and repaired. A lot of these cars are written off as total losses by insurance adjusters.

Here’s what to look for when buying a vehicle you think has been flooded.

Check out the inside of the car for any damp smells. Look for water rings on the rugs and the upholstery, and check for signs of rust along the floorboards. Inspect for rust on unpainted screws underneath the car’s dashboard, inside of the trunk or underneath the hood. Also check for unusually new upholstery on an older model vehicle. A flooded car may also experience problems with its electrical systems, engine and fuel systems. These problems may not show up until you’ve owned the vehicle for a longer period of time.

We’d recommend getting a report of the vehicle’s history. This kind of report will let you know if the vehicle has been in any accidents. It’s also good to have an experienced mechanic take a look at the vehicle. They will uncover flood damage and any other issues that may affect its safety and performance.

Be vigilant if you’re going used car shopping in the next several months. There will be a lot of cars in the market that look like great deals upfront but won’t be worth the headache they will cause if they are purchased.



Are you considering getting rid of an older vehicle in your possession? Are you considering repairing a vehicle that’s been badly damaged in an accident? Sometimes those repairs, especially if it’s an older car that has multiple problems, end up costing more than what the vehicle is worth. If that’s the case then you may want to consider bringing your car or truck to a salvage yard. It’s a good option because it gets an unreliable vehicle off of your hands and puts some cash in your pocket. Here are a couple of steps you can take when preparing to sell your vehicle to a salvage yard. Of course, these rules vary from state to state but these are general steps that apply regardless of where you are in the country.


First off, look for a salvage yard in your area. Shop around to see what they will offer you for your vehicle. They will ask for the year, make, and model. They may also ask you additional questions about the condition of your vehicle. Describe the condition of the vehicle as accurately as you can to ensure you get the fairest price for your vehicle. Have the title and proof of registration ready to hand over to the salvage yard. Remove any personal belongings and accessories before handing the vehicle over.


When you arrive at the salvage yard, make the amount you agreed to is the same one offered over the phone. Some salvage yard owners will make an offer over the phone then low-ball you when you arrive with the vehicle. If so, stick to your guns and hold them accountable on the offer. If they offer you a hard to believe story on why they can’t do stick to the amount the offered you over the phone, don’t hesitate to walk away. Go with one of the other salvage yards you called earlier.


Towing is also a factor. Are you able to drive the vehicle to the salvage yard or will you need to have it towed? If you’ll need to have it towed, how much will it cost? Towing companies usually charge on a per mile basis. These costs will eat into the payout you will receive for your vehicle from the salvage yard. If so then you may need to consider a salvage yard that is closer to where you live. You may also want to ask if the salvage yard has towing options available, whether or not those options are free, and if there are any other fees involved such as fees to transfer your title.

Welcome to East Coast Auto Salvage!

This is your site for info on how to salvage your used car or truck. If you’ve got a vehicle that’s sitting idle in the driveway or you’ve got an older vehicle that’s costing you more to repair than what it’s worth then it may be time to consider taking it to your local salvage yard. If you can’t get your car there because it won’t start we’ll arrange to tow it there for you.

Vehicles that have experienced major flood damage or damage as a result of a collision are prime candidates for the salvage yard too.

Laws regarding what is and isn’t considered as salvage vary by state. We’ll give you information on where to look to make sure you’re on the right side of the law with your vehicle.

We’ll also give you information on what to do when you need vehicle repaired-what to do, what to avoid, and what your rights are (and the repair shop’s rights as well).

We look forward to your visit. Come on back and visit our blog soon!




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