Beaverton Auto Body & Paint – Frequently Asked Questions
Below are common questions about collision repair and vehicle painting. If you have other questions, please feel free to call us or stop in.
Where do I get a Claim Number?
Claim numbers are issued by the insurance company at the time you report your accident. Just write the claim number down and bring it in with you. If you need assistance in obtaining a claim number, we will be happy to assist you.
How long will the collision repair take?
Quality collision repair begins with a detailed written estimate. Our trained estimators make a practice of anticipating problems before they arise. However, damage is often hidden and cannot be discovered until your vehicle has been disassembled. If this happens, your vehicle’s completion date may need to be revised.
We will keep you informed throughout the repair process. We assure you we will return your vehicle to you as quickly as possible without compromising the quality of the repairs.
Can I take my vehicle where I want to have it repaired?
Yes. As the owner of the vehicle you have the right to chose where your vehicle is repaired. Most insurance companies have shops they work with on a regular basis and receive a discounted rate. You do not have to agree to work with the shop the insurance company recommends even if the insurance company says it will cost you extra if you take the vehicle somewhere else. Rest assured, we guarantee there will be no additional charge to you as we work with all major insurance companies.
Do I have to get more than one estimate?
No. There is no law in the state of Oregon that says you have to get more than one estimate. If an insurance company asks you to get more than one, explain to them that you would prefer to work with Beaverton Auto Body & Paint. If they need more than one estimate, they can have one of their own appraisers take a look at your vehicle. All this should be done at your convenience and choice of location either your work, home or at our shop.
If the insurance company gives you an estimate, we will repair your vehicle according to their approved estimate and contact them directly if any additional supplements are needed.
I have a brand new vehicle that has been involved in an accident; can it look new again?
Yes. We employ a state-of-the-art process and factory approved paints that enable us to accurately match your vehicle’s finish.
Are rental cars available?
Yes. We work with many of the major rental car companies. We can either make the arrangements for you or assist you in the process. For your convenience, the rental car company will meet you at Beaverton Auto Body & Paint when you drop your vehicle off for repair and will pick the rental car back up from our shop when the repair is completed.
Can other repairs or services be done on my vehicle while it is in your the shop?
Yes, just be sure to notify your estimator of the repairs or services that you would like performed, so that he or she can make the necessary arrangements. We would be happy to complete other repairs on your car.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, insurance checks, Visa, Discover and MasterCard. Sorry NO personal checks accepted.
Do I have to pay a deductible?
Whether or not you are responsible for a deductible is determined by your insurance policy and who was at fault. It is best to contact your insurance company or agent to determine whether or not your deductible has been waived or if you are responsible to pay it. If you are responsible for a deductible, your payment will be due to us upon completion of the repairs to your vehicle.
Do you have towing available?
Yes. If you need to have your vehicle towed to us, just give us a call and we will arrange the towing.
What are betterment charges?
Parts that wear out and need to be replaced with time and use (such as tires, batteries and suspension parts) are commonly subject to betterment charges when they are replaced during the repair process. The betterment charges are determined by the insurance company and are pro-rated, based on actual miles of your vehicle.
Is there a warranty on the repairs to my vehicle?
Yes. We want you to feel confident that your vehicle is being repaired correctly. Beaverton Auto Body & Paint’s comprehensive collision repair warranty gives you peace of mind. From every nut and bolt of the body work, to the last finishing touches by our master painters, every aspect of your repair is covered in writing.
How should I care for my new paint?
While the paint is still fresh (first 60 days) avoid parking your vehicle anywhere that substances could come in contact with it. This includes under trees, where bird droppings or sap could fall on the new paint. If droppings, sap or bug splatters do get on your vehicle, they should be washed off as soon as possible due to the acidic effect. Be careful when adding fluids (gas, oil, etc.) to your vehicle. The chemicals in the fluids could damage the new paint. Do not use a scraper on any of the paint.
When washing your vehicle within the first 60 days, do not use a commercial car wash. Their equipment can cause damage. Using a mild car wash soap (NOT household detergent) and clean fresh water, hand-wash your vehicle with a clean, soft wash cloth or sponge. Make sure your vehicle’s surface is cool to the touch and is in the shade to avoid water spots. Waxing is not recommended within these first 60 days, but should become a regular part of your vehicle maintenance after this period. We suggest waxing your vehicle at least 3 times per year.
If you did not see your question listed above please call us at (503) 469-8389 and we will do our very best to help.
FREE loaner cars, estimates and deductible assistance are available, please call 503.469.8389 for details.
Word on the Street...
I got hit twice in 4 months, and the guys at Beaverton took care of me both times. Aside from their excellent work, they really went the extra mile in running interference for me with the insurance companies, getting me extended rental car coverage, and generally minimizing the pain & inconvenience. Plus, they're friendly and don't try to baffle you with a lot of jargon. A+!
-- Happy Customer