You will never be asked to pay more than your deductible amount unless you ask for work to be performed that is not part of the accident. Any additional cost associated with the accident damage will be paid by the insurance company directly to the shop. It is a process where the shop submits a supplement to the insurance company. This is often done without much interruption in the repair process and insures a quality, seamless repair.
Your insurance company will issue you a claim number when you report your accident. Provide us with your claim number and we can take care of everything from that point on.
Generally, no. Unless your policy states otherwise, no one can tell you to obtain more than one estimate. You, as the car owner, may do so, should this be your desire.
Generally no, No one can force you to go to a certain repair shop unless your policy states otherwise.
Take your vehicle to a reputable repair shop. Leave it with the manager. Instruct the manager to contact your insurance company and advise them as to the damage. You should then call your insurance company and advise them of the vehicles location.
Try to collect from the other party because you will not have to pay a deductible. Also, if you use the other person’s policy, you may be entitled to a rental car while yours is being repaired, and no accident should be charged against your policy.
You are. You may direct your insurance company to pay the repair shop