In April 2014 I was contacted by largest Collector Car Insurance Company in the United States to review a case of two vehicles involved in a garage fire. The insurance company was concerned that the vehicle owners chosen repair shop was not being honest with their estimating practices. A total of $318,000.00 was estimated to return the two affected vehicles to “pre-loss” condition.
After reviewing all photographs, written estimates and emails it was determined that I should visit the repair shop to inspect vehicles in person. I was asked by insurance company to prepare documents to show: Pre-loss condition of vehicles, damages from the covered peril and cost to repair those damages.
My reports showed a Total cost to repair damaged vehicles would be $18,173.00, Total invoice for travel, inspection and document preparations equaled $3,187.14 thus saving the insurance company a sum of $296,639.86 if the claim had not been investigated and my services been rendered.
This story goes to another level. Three weeks pass and the insurance company calls me and asks if I am sure my numbers are correct. I as a restoration shop owner for over 25 years I know what procedures and times are required to repair these vehicles. I offer to repair vehicle for what I have written if insurance company has them shipped to my facility. The offer is accepted, vehicles are repaired, vehicle owner is happy with vehicles and I now have a new client.
Todd Lewis was contacted by largest Collector Car Insurance Company in the United States to review a case of two vehicles involved in a garage fire.
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