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You’ve been in an accident.  The last thing you need is more stress.
We are here to help.

Below, we’ve assembled a series of informative resources that will help you make the best decision for your vehicle repair.

Please feel free to contact us at any time to answer your questions about the Nylund’s guest experience.

When Should I Claim Diminished Value?

When Should I Claim Diminished Value?

We are often asked, “When is an appropriate time for me to make a ‘diminished value’ claim for my vehicle. And while it may seem that the answer might be, ‘every time damage is done to your vehicle’… there are rules in play that guide the answer. First of all, you cannot claim diminished value from YOUR insurance company. It is a claim against ANOTHER insurance company, representing someone who HIT YOU. It’s actually the threat of a legal action that prompts the other insurance company to either settle or fight it out in court.  In our experience, court proceedings are rarely necessary. Secondly, you may not claim diminished value if you are LEASING your vehicle.  In such cases, you are not the owner of the vehicle – the leasing company is. YOU must OWN the vehicle that was damaged by someone else in order to make this claim. If you own your vehicle, and it was damaged by someone other than you, you may proceed with a diminished value claim. Our best recommendation is to employ the services of Auto Damage Experts to assist you in this...
What Happens Next?

What Happens Next?

You’ve dropped off your vehicle for repair at Nylund’s Collision Center… and now you’d like to know what to expect. Well, first off, thank you for choosing Nylund’s.  We know that you have a choice, and we take our role in the repair of your car very, very seriously! Here is what you can expect in the days to come: The first thing we are going to do is a thorough examination (our own estimate) of the damage to your car. Your insurance company will likely have already sent an adjuster to give THEIR opinion as to the cost of your repair, and our estimate will be provided to them in the form of a “supplemental” estimate that will cover the parts and labor that we feel are necessary to restore your vehicle to it’s PRE-LOSS condition. What you need to know is that the insurance estimate is almost ALWAYS much lower than ours, and it could be several days of back and forth between our findings before we come to an agreement on the cost of repairs. This process does NOT COST YOU ANY MORE. You pay your deductible, and in most cases the insurance company pays the balance.* The most common reasons for this dance are as follows: The insurance estimate was “sight line” only. The car has not yet been disassembled, and therefore there may be damage that has not yet been accounted for. (Frames, support structures, internal elements and the like that cannot be seen without disassembly) Insurance companies typically try to cut their costs by recommending substandard aftermarket parts and/or not wanting to pay for...
Rental Reimbursement Coverage

Rental Reimbursement Coverage

If you would like Nylund’s to help arrange car rental while we repair your vehicle, it would be our pleasure to do so. If you have questions about whether your insurance policy covers rental reimbursement, we encourage you to review your policy or contact your agent. It is important to know the limits and terms of any such coverage so as to establish proper expectations while we are working on repairing your vehicle. Rental reimbursement (or rental car coverage) is a type of optional car insurance coverage that helps pay for the cost of a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired after a car accident or after suffering damages that are covered through your car insurance policy. This coverage is not required as part of your car insurance policy, but is beneficial if you do not have a secondary vehicle and need to travel to work or school while your car is undergoing auto repair. If you believe that you were never offered rental reimbursement coverage and feel that you should have been, you may wish to explore an errors and omissions case with your insurance...
How Do You Know Where To Go?

How Do You Know Where To Go?

Someone hits your car in the parking lot and drives off without so much as a note. You do what you’ve been told to do: you call your insurance company. They give you their ‘preferred list’ and reenforce their preference by suggesting that if you go somewhere other than the shops on the list, your repair will not be guaranteed.  In an effort to narrow your choices (and find the right shop), you ask your friends and family for advice. And boy-oh-boy, do they all have opinions! Now you’ve got 20 or more voices recommending 20 or more shops… and you’re no closer to knowing where to take your car for a trusted experience than you were before. How do you know where to go? This scene plays itself out day after day for thousands upon thousands of people all looking for just one thing: the right place to take their car for repair. And its a fact: there are hundreds of options, and unless you know the ins-and-outs of the collision repair industry – even the best intentioned advice may lead you down a road you might not wish to travel. Choosing a Body Shop 101 A. Insurance companies’ ‘Preferred’ or ‘Recommended’ shops have a two-way financial arrangement When an insurance company recommends or suggests that you consider their preferred body shop vendors, they are helping you help themselves.  To make the ‘preferred’ list, body shops DO NOT have to qualify as the best in quality, service or guest experience. They DO have to agree to move cars through the shop as fast as they can, and they...
When Totaling Your Vehicle Is The Best Option

When Totaling Your Vehicle Is The Best Option

We recently performed a post-repair inspection on a 2015 Subaru Legacy that reminded us once again why we here at Nylund’s absolutely insist on taking the time to do the job right the first time.  After being steered into a DRP* body shop, the owner brought it to us for a second opinion. What we found, however, was much worse than anyone suspected! You love your car.  That’s why you bought it. It’s been good to you, and you are loyal.  Often to a fault.  Sometimes you have to say goodbye to your favorite ride, but how do you know when that is the best option? This brand new vehicle was “fixed” by another body shop, and returned to the owner with thumbs up and enthusiasm.  Upon casual observation to the untrained eye, one might have overlooked certain telltale signs of a poor quality repair.  But something just didn’t “feel” right, and that’s when they called Nylund’s in to perform a post-repair inspection. From uneven gaps to buckles in the roof, this was a completely botched job on the part of the DRP shop.  The number of poorly welded sections and unprepared broken parts were almost too numerous to count. Ultimately, the compromised safety of anyone in the back seat of the car (in this case, a small child in a car seat) was the determining factor in deciding to total this vehicle. The other shop didn’t even address several structural points that had been compromised in the original accident.  Left unrepaired (but hidden from view), another collision from behind could prove catastrophic. In the end, both Nylund’s Collision...
Consumer Alert Part IV Aftermarket Parts

Consumer Alert Part IV Aftermarket Parts

Today we offer our final response to an irresponsible article posted by another Denver-area auto body shop.  Click Here for our FIRST , SECOND, and THIRD responses.  And Click Here to read the original article we are responding to in it’s entirety.  The title of the original article is: “4 Ways Aftermarket Parts are Just as Good as OEM.” The title of today’s Nylund’s Response is: Say What?!? The original article states: Excellent Warranty Parts manufacturers want their products to flawlessly work on every intended application. A warranty placed on the parts protects against improper fitment or function for months after technicians install the replacement components on the vehicle. Drivers can bring their vehicle back to the shop to report any issues with the way the parts work. At that point, technicians can perform quick repairs or send the parts back in for replacement to rectify the problem. Although outright failure rarely happens, clients and technicians alike appreciate this commitment to excellent from aftermarket parts suppliers. Are we still talking about AFTERMARKET parts?  There’s only one way to guarantee that parts work flawlessly on every intended application.  And that is to use the parts that were DESIGNED FLAWLESSLY to work flawlessly.  Any change to the design (which is the very definition of reverse-engineered and made-differently aftermarket parts) immediately discounts a part’s ability to work “flawlessly”. Warrantees do not protect against improper “fitment” (is that a word?) or function. Warrantees pay when cheap, ill-fitting and poorly crafted parts fail. Suggesting that any part is “better” because the manufacturer backs it with a warrantee is like saying “take our word for it… if it...
Consumer Alert Part III Aftermarket Parts

Consumer Alert Part III Aftermarket Parts

Today we offer part three of our response to an irresponsible article posted by another Denver-area auto body shop.  Click Here for our FIRST and SECOND responses.  And Click Here to read the original article we are responding to in it’s entirety.  The title of the original article is: “4 Ways Aftermarket Parts are Just as Good as OEM.” The title of today’s Nylund’s Response is: Facts Don’t Lie The original article states: Here are the main characteristics that make aftermarket parts just as good, or better, than OEM. Optimized Design Automakers frequently have to issue recalls to handle widespread issues regarding parts originally installed on their vehicles. When this happens, new parts may be created to circumvent the defect causing issues for vehicle owners. Aftermarket parts suppliers will work the optimized design into their products to avoid the issues that cropped up immediately after the original release of the vehicle. Therefore, by the time a vehicle needs collision or vandalism repairs, the aftermarket parts feature the upgraded design that lacks flaws found in the original components. Fact: Given the number of parts of on a vehicle, original manufacturer’s recalls aren’t really all that “frequent”. They do happen occasionally, and when they do – the manufacturers redesign, engineer and test the parts that are then replaced at no additional expense to the vehicle owners. Aftermarket manufacturers do not have access to this information. Fact: Aftermarket parts are ALWAYS reverse-engineered from the OEM parts.  They are, by their very definition, less than 100% accurate copies of OEM parts.  They cannot be 100% the same – that would violate patent laws. Fact: Aftermarket...
Consumer Alert Part II Aftermarket Parts – Nylund’s Response

Consumer Alert Part II Aftermarket Parts – Nylund’s Response

Today we pick up the consumer alert and our reply to an irresponsible article posted by another Denver-area body shop right where we left off. (Click here to read our first reply to the original article.  And click here to read the original article in its entirety.)  The title of the original post is: “4 Ways Aftermarket Parts are Just as Good as OEM.” The title of today’s Nylund’s Response is: Are You Flippin’ Kidding? The original article states: Aftermarket parts manufacturers create components that meet or exceed quality metrics used by the manufacturers. Wrong. Nope. Incorrect. Invalid. Untrue. Irresponsible. We have made this case over and over, but for the record, let’s bang this drum one more time.  Aftermarket parts – by their very definition – ARE NOT and CANNOT BE manufactured to meet or exceed quality metrics used by the manufacturers.  Vehicle manufacturers patent their parts, which prevents ANY OTHER part – no matter how similar – to be exactly the same. With that in mind, it stands to reason that ALL OTHER parts cannot fit as well, and do not respond to impact and/or collision stimulus in the same way as the original part. Example: The front bumper of a vehicle often houses airbag or other safety deployment sensors.  These sensors are calibrated to work specifically with the bumper and are timed within a 1/100th of a second. Think that doesn’t matter much? Take a look at this video. When it comes to the safety of our guests and the integral structure of their vehicles, we here at Nylund’s Collision Center will NEVER compromise by using cheaper,...
Consumer Alert Aftermarket Parts – Nylund’s Response

Consumer Alert Aftermarket Parts – Nylund’s Response

Recently we posted an article – published by another Denver area body shop that argued the case that aftermarket parts were “just as good as OEM”. (Click here for the article in its entirety, posted on our Facebook page)  We asked for the input of industry leaders, and they did not disappoint! Today, we begin our multi-part series of the Nylund’s reply to the points made in the original article: The original article starts by saying: Auto body technicians see all sorts of damage from deep scratches to shredded panels on vehicles damaged in a collision or by vandals. The damage requires the use of new parts and materials to restore the vehicle to its original condition. You’ve Outsourced and It Shows In an article that suggests that aftermarket or third-party parts are just as good as OEM, we find no small irony that for all intents and purposes, it appears that even the authorship of the article appears to be… obviously “aftermarket”.  It is our opinion, and that of many of our industry partners across the US, that NO BODY SHOP EXPERT could have written this article.  And while we find no issue with ghost-writing services in general – we do object when incorrect and ultimately unsafe information is presented as if it came from an industry expert.  There are far too many errors in the article to believe for a moment that an actual body shop owner (or technician, for that matter) actually wrote this article. We agree that auto body techs see all sorts of damage.  We’ll also agree to the concept that said damage requires...
Insurance Price Optimizing Can Cost You Big

Insurance Price Optimizing Can Cost You Big

How many cell phones you’ve bought, what television service you use, and how many beers you purchase just might be factors in how much you pay for car insurance. What’s that you say?  You thought your insurance rates were based on driving record and good grades in school? Turns out those might not be such good hands after all. Consumer Reports just published a scathing article with a significant amount of information that is… or was up until now, largely hidden from the public by many of the insurance companies in America.  Get used to hearing the words: “price optimization”. Price optimization, (illegal for car insurance in several states – but not in Colorado), uses data about you – cross references it with statistical probability models – and estimates how likely you are to put up with a price increase.  Ask yourself this question: when was the last time your insurance premium went DOWN?  An even better tell: When your insurance company raised your rates… did you start shopping for a different company?  And finally – did you leave your insurance company after an increase?  If you put up with it… chances are very good that they (your insurance company) were banking on exactly that outcome, and are raising your rates to what they believe you are willing to tolerate. The shell game gets even better! Know what they do with all that extra money gained from their price optimization? They purchase even more ads telling you that you could be saving upwards of $500 a year if you just switch to their service.  Bundle services, and you can...
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