Apr 082012
 

By Kevin Leland

Price shopping for auto body repair is typically a big pain, but it doesn’t need to be. The BodyShopBids tool, available on iPhone, Android and the Web, connects people who need body work with body shops in their area.

It’s no secret that shopping a job around to several different shops can save you hundreds when you choose the lowest estimate, but even if you are car savvy, do you have the time to drive around and wait for all those estimates?

That’s where BodyShopBids comes in. If your car needs body work – whether it’s a scratch, ding, dent or paint mishap – simply download the free app for iPhone or Android or jump on the website. From there you fill out a brief damage report, beginning by taking a clear photo of the damage to your vehicle.

Finish the report by explaining the damage in brief and including your vehicle identification number, or VIN, as well as the make and model. Within 24 hours, you’ll have a minimum of three bids from local body shops. A BodyShopBids concierge is available to walk you through the repair process, explaining what would need to be repaired as well as any other considerations, such as replacement parts or paint.

Some shops in the BodyShopBids network even offer extra perks, such as pick-up and drop-off or a complimentary detailing. Once the bids are in, all you need to do is compare price, location and other variables and select the one you want (reviews are included in the app too).

Referring a friend scores you $50. What are you waiting for?