Car Accident Sydney
Being involved in a car accident in Sydney is something that unfortunately thousands of drivers experience each year. Once you’ve exchanged details with the other driver at the scene and reported the accident to the police if required, the next thing to arrange is getting your car back on the road and keeping life as normal while that is happening. Here’s how.
Contact your insurance company first
Before you arrange any repairs on your vehicle, contact your insurance company. Even if you don’t think you’ll be making a claim or you think the accident was very minor, you’ll still need to report the accident to your insurer.
Organise to have your car repaired
How you go about getting your car repaired will depend on if you have insurance or not.
If you don’t have insurance
Where you go to get your car repaired is completely up to you if you don’t have insurance. Look for a local, licensed accident repairer in Sydney (repairers are required to be licensed in NSW).
Contact the repairer first before you take your car there to let them know the problem with your car. Once you’re at the repairer, they should be able to give you an estimate of the cost to fix the damage. If you’re not happy with the price they quote, take the car somewhere else to compare quotes.
If you do have insurance
Each insurance company and policy has different ways of dealing with repairs. Some give you the freedom to choose your own repairer, while others may require you to use only authorised repairers. In some instances, the insurer may have their own assessment centre – in this case, you generally take your car to the assessment centre and they take care of everything required to get the car repaired from there.
Arrange a rental car while yours is being repaired
Depending on the extent of the damage and repairs required on your car, it could be in the shop for a number of weeks. There’s no doubt that being without your car is a huge inconvenience, so organising a rental car is one of the most convenient options to keep life moving as normal during this period.
The cost of hiring a rental car doesn’t have to come out of your own pocket either, even if you don’t have insurance.
If you were not at-fault in the accident
It’s not widely known that if you were not at-fault in a car accident, you can get a rental car at no cost to you. By renting an accident replacement vehicle through Acorn rentals, the cost of renting the car is paid directly by the at-fault insurance company.
Acorn can even deliver the vehicle to you and pick it up when yours is back on the road, making what can be an inconvenient time a lot easier for you.
If you were at fault
If you were the at-fault driver, you may have access to a rental car at no cost if your insurance policy includes a hire car option. If your policy doesn’t include a hire car option, or you don’t have insurance, then you will need to pay the cost of renting a car, however there are competitive rates available.