Auto Body Repair FAQ

Needing auto body repair is never an ideal situation, but J.B.A. Collision Center works as hard as possible to make it a smooth and stress-free process. Your best choice in Baltimore for everything from scratches to major repairs, the team at J.B.A. Collision Center in Glen Burnie, Maryland, knows what to do in the event of an unfortunate incident. If you have questions about auto body repair, we have the answers.

Does Frame Damage Mean My Car Is Totaled?

Frame damage is any damage done to the skeleton of your vehicle - the chassis. Whereas damage to the body can be repaired quite easily, frame damage is a trickier situation. Not all frame damage is a death sentence for your car, however. In some cases, sections of a bent frame can be replaced, but only if you'll be able to drive the car safely after the fact. Whether it's totaled comes down to how much the car is worth vs. how much the repairs will cost, and that varies by case.

When Is A Car Totaled?

If a car has major damage, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's totaled. According to the Maryland Insurance Administration, if the cost to repair your vehicle exceeds 75 percent of the total value, it's considered a total loss. Anything below 75 percent of the value should be covered by your insurance provider.

How Do I File A Claim?

The Maryland Insurance Administration offers a step-by-step guide for filing an insurance claim. The first step after an accident is to call 911 and give a detailed account of the situation. You'll want to support what happened with photos, and you may even want to draw a diagram of what happened. Once you've made sure that everyone is safe and off to the side of the road, talk to any witnesses to get key information. When the police arrive, give them all the information you have available to you - this means you'll want to make note of the time, location, and other details. With all of this done, you need only contact your insurance company with the pertinent info and they'll begin to move the process forward. The team at J.B.A. Collision Center is also happy to help you with insurance claim paperwork.

What Can I Expect When I Come To J.B.A. Collision Center?

Our goal is to make sure that you feel a complete sense of peace at an undoubtedly stressful time. We specialize in a range of auto body services including paintless dent repair, glass replacement, and mechanical and maintenance - and you can have multiple jobs performed at once if need be. We use all the latest equipment and technology available to ensure that the job is done quickly and correctly. We're conveniently located near Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Avis Car Rental, and we'll arrange for your transportation while your vehicle is being repaired so that you can go on about your busy day.

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