Sunday, April 15, 2007

Best places to fix a fender bender

So far we've been lucky not to dent our cars (knock on wood), but to be honest I'm wary of most auto collision shops.  They seem to get their business via insurance companies, so over time there's a natural incentive for them to do the bare minimum necessary to settle a claim, which can mean shortcuts like non-standard or plastic parts instead of the real thing.  So how to evaluate?  The May 2007 Kiplingers suggests as a web site for independent body shops, not beholden to insurers.  Here are the sites they recommend that are closest to Mercer Island:

Bellevue Auto Rebuild

1424 130th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 453-2901

Kelly's Auto Body - Bellevue

1500 130th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 454-0855

Taylor's Auto Body Collision 1

330 Main Avenue South
Renton, WA 98055

[don't bother writing this down.  If you ever need your car fixed, just Google "Richard Sprague Auto Body" or something similar to get to this page again]

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