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Old 12-17-2015, 8:35 AM
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Default Good car body shops in San Diego?

Recently someone hit my car while it was parked at work. Called a few places and they only point out the obvious of what they see but the guy who hit me got me on the tire so now I'm having issues with my car.

The question is if anyone knows a place that can also check what else happened with the car besides the bumper?

If your wondering I did manage to get the guy who hit my car and the insurance will cover it, but want a higher quote without having to stick to one body shop for repairs.

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Old 12-17-2015, 11:28 AM
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once you bring to a body shop they will start removing the fender, bumper, etc and let you know what other components / parts will need to be replaced.

just find a good place... maybe try yelp?

in north county i like rose auto body in escondido.

tag collision and repair in san marcos has done good work for me, too.

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Old 12-17-2015, 11:42 AM
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Body shops are used to hidden damage to suspension etc. Anything they can't handle in-shop, they sub out to the appropriate shops.

I've had a car worked on at Luxury Auto Body and was happy with the work.

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Old 12-17-2015, 11:46 AM
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Insurance is paying so I would go to a shop recommended by your insurance or check Yelp. I would also take it to a good front end shop like Beeline on Balboa and have them do the inspection.
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we used this place when the wife BMW needed a new front end. Very pleased with their work.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/chapparone-a...ting-san-diego
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Old 12-17-2015, 11:57 AM
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once you bring to a body shop they will start removing the fender, bumper, etc and let you know what other components / parts will need to be replaced.

just find a good place... maybe try yelp?

in north county i like rose auto body in escondido.

tag collision and repair in san marcos has done good work for me, too.

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Yeah, I asked the other local shops here and told me only what's visual only

Once insurance accepts than they will begin the break down last I heard from them
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Old 12-17-2015, 12:43 PM
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Yeah, I asked the other local shops here and told me only what's visual only

Once insurance accepts than they will begin the break down last I heard from them
oh, right.

you'll be good-to-go once your insurance approves / accepts.

otherwise, you're just getting the free estimate and that is only what they can see without taking it apart.

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Gene Townsend in El Cajon does good work...
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Old 12-17-2015, 12:53 PM
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Body shops are used to hidden damage to suspension etc. Anything they can't handle in-shop, they sub out to the appropriate shops.

I've had a car worked on at Luxury Auto Body and was happy with the work.

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The video is hard to explain. Guy seems twacked out of his mind. Said the car was in park and just started rolling. Also, he was in the car...
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Gene Townsend in El Cajon does good work...
Where in El Cajon?
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Insurance is paying so I would go to a shop recommended by your insurance or check Yelp. I would also take it to a good front end shop like Beeline on Balboa and have them do the inspection.
Insurance didn't recommend anywhere really. Basically told me to go anywhere I want. He has USAA for insurance.

I kind of find it hard to trust yelp. Word of mouth of people who have experienced it is better
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Old 12-17-2015, 1:01 PM
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we used this place when the wife BMW needed a new front end. Very pleased with their work.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/chapparone-a...ting-san-diego
place seems good by pictures of work done, might check them out soon


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Old 12-17-2015, 1:07 PM
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http://marckmotors.com. Or http://www.yellowpages.com/santee-ca...-paint-7185092. El Cajon and Santee.

I've had dealings with both. Both do quality work.
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Where in El Cajon?
Go here: http://genetownsendautobody.com/
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Amato's in Sorrento Valley is about the best in town.
Most insurance companies won't honor them.
They are high end and expensive but their work is outstanding
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My shop works with what used to be European auto body but they are now a caliber collision shop and do great work. They are in Escondido
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Old 12-17-2015, 5:30 PM
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Advanced Collision in Escondido is the only place I'll go. They've been around for decades.
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Amato's in Sorrento Valley is about the best in town.
Most insurance companies won't honor them.
They are high end and expensive but their work is outstanding
Amato's is excellent, same with West Coast Specialties in Miramar.
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Custom auto body in Kearney mesa. Outstanding work and they stand behind it as well.
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Poway Valley collision. Been to them a few times. Always good work and approved by my insurance company (AAA).
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Old 12-18-2015, 11:28 PM
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Um...what...how..errr...I watched the video...how the hell did that even happen? Did the guy have a heart attack at the wheel or something?

I've used these guys on my last Tacoma. They were recommend by my insurance, AAA. They're right down the street from Kearny Mesa Toyota

Be careful with the quote though. They may not be able to identify all the damage until they get it apart. So if you give the guy's insurance company an initial quote and it turns out to be more, they may balk at it.

Most insurance companies have relationships with several auto body shops where if you use their recommended shop, they will coordinate with the shop and pay them directly. You don't have to use their shops, but it makes things pretty easy. And their shops are usually pretty good. They're not going to partner with a crappy shop.

http://allamericanpaintandbody.com/
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+1 on Amato's, the owner Paul works for you, repairing the car properly NOT how the insurance company thinks it should be repaired.

If Balboa is close, Chaparrone is equally as good. Mark and his sons do a fantastic job of properly repairing cars.
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Thanks for the advice guys

I really appreciate it, this is my first accident that's ever happened so trying to wrap my head around how this process works.

I have a few appointments at a couple of the places mentioned and see how it goes from there
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Another +1 for Amatos.
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Thanks for the advice guys

I really appreciate it, this is my first accident that's ever happened so trying to wrap my head around how this process works.

I have a few appointments at a couple of the places mentioned and see how it goes from there
Just some general info for you...

You are legally allowed to take your car to any shop you want. And you're not required to get multiple quotes. Now with that said there may be some benefits to using the shop the insurance company recommends. As I mentioned previously, the insurance company isn't going to partner with a crappy shop.

I also had one repair job that took longer than they originally quoted and exceeded 30 days. This was significant because many policies only cover 30 days for a rental car. But because I was using the shop the insurance company suggested they really couldn't say much and covered the overage. Similarly, I would think if you had any problems either during the repair or if something cropped up after the repair it might be easier to get covered than if you had picked your own shop.

Good luck and I hope it all works out for you. Getting hit sucks! But I'm glad you weren't hurt.
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