The National Council of Better Business Bureaus and the National Auto Body Council have compiled advice for consumers about collision repair shops. Many of the 6 million car crashes that happen each year result in business for the nation's 35,000 collision centers. The average repair bill is $2,200 to $2,300, and 80 to 92 percent of the work involves auto insurance claims, according to the BBB.
"Wiser Drivers Wise Up" is a tip sheet available on www.wiserdrivers.com. Included is information on how to choose a trustworthy repair shop, arrange a replacement rental car and protect yourself, such as getting everything in writing up front.