My name is Ted Corless.
I'm a lawyer with the Corless Barfield Trial Group.
Today I’d like to address the issue of getting your car fixed after a motor vehicle accident.
I guess one of the benefits of being a lawyer is, when you have your own legal issues, then
you can take care of yourself.
Recently, I decided to back my car into a pole, which was never a good idea, especially
because both of my inlaws were in the back seat.
Now, after going through that experience, I want to share a couple of things with you
about getting your car repaired while the insurance company is evaluating the claim.
First of all, under virtually every insurance policy, you’re entitled to have your rental
car paid for while the car is being worked on.
And the car they let you rent will be similar to the car that you’re driving, but, most
of the time, they’ll put a cap on how much money they will pay you, even if it takes longer
to get it repaired, like it did with mine.
The second thing, and I think probably the most important issue, is when your car is
being repaired under an insurance policy, especially if it’s under another’s insurance
policy who caused the accident, it’s important to know that they have to return your
car to the condition it was in prior to the accident.
Now that means they have to use like-kind and quality materials.
And if they can’t return the car to its original condition, then they are obligated
to pay you the market value of your car at the time of the accident.
That can be very frustrating for people, especially if the car has been paid for, and they have
no interest in getting a new car payment.
But there are a lot of options when that happens, but you’ve got to get into the details of
that insurance policy.
If you have more questions about how to deal with issues associated with getting your car
fixed after a motor vehicle accident, go to our website at www.CorlessBarfield.com, or give us a call for your free
We look forward to hearing from you.
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