What do I do with the appraisal / estimate?

An appraisal or estimate for your car is the first step in getting your car repaired.

Once you have scheduled an appraisal with the insurance company, they will either come to where your car is located or they will have you bring your vehicle to a facility to be assessed. Once you have your appraisal or estimate in hand, the insurance company will provide you with the payment for the repairs (less your deductible if you are going through your own insurance company and will wait to be reimbursed and you are then free to take your vehicle to a repair shop with the estimate in hand to have the repair work completed