FAQ About Our Auto Body Repair Work

Get the Answers to All of Your Questions Regarding Our Auto Body Repair Services

Do you have questions about our service? Do you want to learn more about the process? Check out the answers to our frequently asked questions. If the answer you're looking for is not listed, be sure to stop by or give us a call so that our friendly and knowledgeable staff can assist you.

Where Do I Get a Claim Number?

Claim numbers are issued by your insurance company at the time you report your accident. Just jot it down and bring it in with you when you come in to begin the repair process, we will do the rest.

What Are Your Hours of Operation?

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We're closed on Saturdays.

Will the Parts Be Ordered Before I Drop Off My Vehicle for Repair?

We generally order your vehicle's parts at the time that we write the estimate and schedule your vehicle for drop-off a couple of days later unless your vehicle is found unsafe to drive, then we would help you arrange for a rental vehicle as soon as possible. This enables us to provide quicker turnaround time.

If My Vehicle's Frame Is Damaged, Is It a Total Loss?

No. A car is a total loss only when the price of repairs exceeds the insurance company's determined value of your vehicle. Nowadays, most cars are built using unibody (frame and body as one) construction.

Our highly skilled technicians, with the aid of our state-of-the-art computer measuring system, can return your vehicle to its original factory specifications. If it's determined that the frame section is bent beyond repair, that section can simply be replaced.

Can You Match the Paint Color?

Today's modern factory finishes incorporate multiple layers of highly specialized paints. We have made a major investment in the finest paint system available and constantly upgrade its technology and equipment to ensure that each vehicle's paint matches. We take special pride in our ability to match factory finishes as the final step in the restoration process.

Can I Get Other Service Work Done on My Vehicle While It Is in the Body Shop?

Yes. Just let your advisor know what other work you would like done so that he or she can make the necessary arrangements.

How Long Will the Repairs to My Vehicle Take?

Your advisor can give you an estimate of the time it'll take to complete the repairs to your vehicle. Be sure to check with your advisor for the specifics on your vehicle.

How Can I Get a Rental Car?

If you need a rental car, we can help you make the necessary arrangements. Insurance companies will only pay for a rental car if you have that option on your policy or if you're the claimant. Check your policy and/or call your insurance company to find out if you have rental coverage and what your specific limitations are.

How Will I Know When My Car Is Done?

You'll be notified when your vehicle is ready to be picked up. You can also check this website. You'll see a message next to the last picture of your vehicle telling you that your vehicle is ready to be picked up. Feel free to call or email your advisor during the repair process if you have questions or concerns.

Is There a Warranty on the Repairs to My Vehicle?

Yes. We guarantee all repairs with a LIFETIME WARRANTY.

Do I Have to Pay a Deductible?

The amount of deductible that you'll be responsible for is determined by your insurance policy. If you carry broad collision, and you were not at fault, your insurance company most likely will waive your deductible.

Insurance companies determine fault by your account of the accident when you make the claim, and by reviewing the accident report filed with the police department.

If you aren't sure about your deductible, you can call your agent and he can tell you whether your insurance company has waived your deductible or whether you'll be responsible for paying this when you pick up your vehicle.

Who Do I Pay My Deductible to? 

If your deductible is not waived, it'll be your responsibility to pay us when you pick up your vehicle. If you aren't sure about your deductible, you can call your agent and he can tell you whether your insurance company has waived your deductible or whether it'll be your responsibility.

What Forms of Payment Do You Accept?

The easiest and most convenient way to pay for your portion of the repairs to your vehicle is to endorse your insurance claim check and submit it to the shop. Of course, cash and checks are always welcome. Visa and MasterCard also accepted.

Can I Wash My Car?

Recommendations and precautions in the first 30 days:
  • Wash the vehicle by hand with cool water and a very mild car wash solution using a soft cloth or sponge
  • Always use clean fresh water.
  • Wash your vehicle in the shade
  • Do not use a commercial car wash. Stiff brushes or sponges could mar the finish and damage the surface.
  • Do not "dry wipe" your vehicle. Dry wiping can scratch the finish.
  • Do not drive on gravel roads. Chipping the finish is easily done in the first 30 days.
  • Avoid parking under trees and utility lines which are likely to attract birds. Bird droppings have a high acid content and will damage a freshly painted surface. Also, tree sap can mar or spot a freshly painted surface.
  • Do not spill gasoline, oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, or windshield solvent on the new finish.
  • Do not scrape ice or snow from the newly painted surface.
Recommendations and precautions in the first 90 days:
  • Don't: Do not wax or polish the vehicle. This will allow the finish to dry and harden completely.
Do you have additional questions or comments? Be sure to fill out our comments form and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Get Your Car's Dents Removed

With paintless dent repairs, you get your car back much sooner. On an average, our repairs take just 3 to 5 days to complete instead of weeks. Additionally, there's no paint to cure or mess up! Contact Hutch's Body Shop today.
Call us at 512-250-1074
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