Now you have to choose a quality shop to repair your vehicle, here are some tips courtesy of Peter duPre - taken from MSN Autos:

  1. Accident InfoFind a shop before you need one - Most people look for a body shop after their vehicle has been damaged. The inconvenience of having no vehicle often leads to hasty choices. Look for a repair shop before you need one. Look online or in the Yellow Pages, ask friends where they got their cars repaired and if they were happy with the results. Then check with consumer agencies such as the Better Business Bureau to see if the recommended shops have a good reputation.
  2. Inspect the shop first - First impressions are usually the right impressions. Although body repair is a messy business, the shop should still look organized and have a neat appearance. Ask if they are certified in advanced collision repair training by such National organizations as I-Car and ASE. It is also a good idea to check for membership in the BBB.
  3. See what they are fixing - Look in the repair bays and check to see what's parked out back. If you notice that the shop in only fixing "beaters", and not new cars, it may be an indication that they do low priced "quick and dirty" repairs.
  4. Ask questions - Performing a quality repair job on today's vehicles requires the use of some pretty sophisticated equipment. Ask if the shop has a unibody frame repair machine and measuring equipment, MIG welders, a dust free paint room and personnel trained in the latest repair techniques. Also, ask if they have experience in repairing your type of vehicle. body shops often specialize on a particular type of vehicle or body repair.
  5. Price isn't everything - Don't pick your repair shop by price alone. Different shops often give very different bids on the same repair. Low prices may indicate that the shop has not properly assessed vehicle damage or that it specializes in quickie repair jobs. Ask the estimator to explain why the quote is significantly lower than those provided by other shops.
  6. OEM vs Replacement parts - There are three categories of repair parts: 1- OEM (original equipment manufacture) parts are made by the vehicle manufacturer or one of its certified suppliers. 2 - Aftermarket or non OEM parts are made by various body parts suppliers not endorsed by the vehicle manufacturer. Many aftermarket parts meet original factory specifications but some may not fit your vehicle properly. 3 - Used parts are taken off vehicles previously wrecked or otherwise scrapped. If undamaged, these parts will fit as good as new parts. On some older vehicles, using used parts is often the only alternative as OEM parts may be discontinued. Ask the shop which category of parts they are recommending and why. Repair parts for your vehicle should equal in quality to those installed when the vehicle was built.
  7. Ask about a Warranty - A reputable repair shop will stand behind its repairs by offering a warranty. The length of the warranty will vary from 30 days to lifetime and covers the labor, materials used and installation. The actual parts installed will be covered by the manufacturer's warranty.