Someone without a car in Los Angeles will probably not survive more than a few days. Yes, the situation is that dire, just like that catchy 80’s song by Missing Persons, “Nobody Walks in L.A.” They knew it thirty years ago and nothing has changed! The nearest convenience store is ten hours away at least.
Maybe some of the above paragraph is hyperbole, but it doesn’t change the fact that you develop feelings of utter doom if you don’t have your car available. So the question “How long does it take to repair my car” is something we hear quite often, meaning 1000 times a day. In order to help out our readers in Southern California, we’ve provided this write up to give you an idea of just how long you’ll need to be waiting for repairs in most body shops in L.A.
Things that Can Slow the Repair Process Down
Waiting for the parts could be the most time consuming part of getting your car repaired. The fact is that most repair shops simply cannot stock the amount of parts that may or may not be necessary for hundreds of vehicles on the road today. Calls to the manufacturer for parts are a part of how the business operates, and if the manufacturer is slow to get the parts over it can bottleneck everything indefinitely.
It doesn’t help that many car manufacturers will wait until they have enough parts worth sending over to that area of the country. They may wait a week or more before it’s worthwhile to send everything over. These parts can end up at a dealership nearby, and require another day or two before they are finally over at the repair shop. This is partly done to help the manufacturers save money, but it is also a real pain for anyone that desperately needs their car back.
Another time consuming aspect could be what number you are in a line of jobs that need to get done. It’s never the right time to get into an accident, but some moments can be worse than others. If the repair shop is at max capacity already, you may have to wait for a while more than you would normally expect the repairs would take.
The Insurance Company Could Delay the Process
It could take anywhere from a few days to over a week for your insurance company to send a claims rep over to the repair shop and examine the car. The problem is that the repairs are put on standby until this happens, otherwise the insurance company cannot do its job and learn the extent of the damage. This is important for the repair shop as well, since they aren’t likely to start the job if they aren’t authorized to do so. It could mean the difference between being paid or not.
Putting a bit of pressure on the insurance company can sometimes get them to come in a bit sooner. Still, this waiting period usually coincides nicely with the time it takes to get the parts, so if they aren’t here the day after your accident, it usually isn’t worth yelling at them.
And Sometimes You Just Have a Lazy Repair Crew
This really doesn’t happen very often, since a repair shop with such a reputation would go under pretty fast. Still, you need to do your research and find out which repair companies are the fastest at getting in the parts that they need and finishing up the job both quickly and efficiently. The efficient part is important. You don’t want them to do it so quickly that they miss adding in a crucial part!
Getting an Honest Answer
That initial completion date is almost always wrong if extensive work needs to be done. Most car repair shops won’t be outright dishonest with you; if parts need to be ordered, they usually have a good idea as to when they will get them. Still, the problem with many auto repair shops is that they don’t explain the process in enough detail. Worse, if there is a holdup somewhere along the line, they will tell you that they are working on your car when they really aren’t. This is a worst case scenario, but it happens.
In order to avoid such a problem, choose a repair shop that you know and trust. At Marina Auto Body, we pride ourselves in giving you the most honest time frame possible, and we explain what could hold the process up. Once all the parts are in, we will do everything in our power to get your car back to you as soon as possible. We know how important it is to you, and if it’s important to you, it’s important to us.