After The Storm: What You Need to Know

6:24 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, N.C. - City crews have dumped more than 600 tons of salt on the roads, but the threat of black ice lingers. Dropping temperatures Friday night and early Saturday morning could make travel dangerous. Therefore, try to avoid driving during those time periods, if possible.

Greensboro Body Company and many of the other body shops in the Triad expect to get slammed with business next week after people file insurance claims and start to look for a place to get their cars fixed.

Scott Johnson, owner of Greensboro Body Company, says it's important to get your car inspected after any kind of a crash or damage. Most newer cars have computer chips inside that can get bumped or broken easily.

"The way that automobiles are put together nowadays, they have a lot of rubber or urethane on the front. You really can't see the damage until you do take it apart. The estimate is exactly what it is. It's an estimate. It's not a contract," Johnson said.

Start calling body shops now to schedule your repairs to get faster service. If you have your insurance information and claim number handy, it will speed things up as well.

Speaking of insurance, if you are in a wreck, ask to exchange licenses with the other driver. Then, copy down his or her information yourself. Use your cell phone to take pictures of the damage to your car as well as any other cars or damaged property.

"Someone may get in another accident. Maybe they don't have their own collision insurance, so they contact you later and want to turn in a bigger claim than you're responsible for. Or, they claim damage on another part of the car that you didn't hit," David Craft of Craft Insurance Center said.

Craft says people are typically honest, but it's always a good idea to protect yourself. The more documentation you have about what happened, the better.

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