Can I get my vehicle repaired at the place of my my choice?

Posted Thursday, November 15, 2007 by Ed Harper

WAC 284-30-3903

(1) The insurer must make a good faith effort to honor your request for repairs to be made in a specific repair shop and cannot arbitrarily deny your request.

(2) A denial of your request solely because of the repair shop’s hourly rate is arbitrary if the rate does not result in a higher overall cost of repairs.

(3) If the overall cost of repairs cannot be agreed upon, the insurer will:

(a) Provide you with the names of reputable repair shops reasonably close to you that can satisfactorily complete the repairs for the amount of their estimate; and

(b) Make an appropriate notation in its claim file setting forth the reason it has rejected your request.

(4) If you choose to take your vehicle to a repair facility in which the overall cost for a satisfactory repair is higher than the insurer’s estimate, you may be liable for any additional amount above their estimate.

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