We're here to help throughout the claims process, including during the estimation and repair of your vehicle.
If you're enrolled in Rental Car Reimbursement, you can choose to have us drop off a rental car at the scene, or schedule a swap at an agreed upon time and place. When repairs are finished, we'll bring the car back from the shop - it's all part of the Safeco Claims Valet Service™2
. Investigations and inspections
First we need to understand exactly what happened in order to determine the coverage you are entitled to within your policy. We'll do our best to be speedy, and you can help by providing all of the requested information and possibly even photos.
If an inspection is needed, Safeco will examine your vehicle at your home, workplace, a repair shop, or another location to assess the damage. If the damage is extensive you may be looking at a total loss. Auto repair estimates
Before work begins on your car, a repair shop needs to estimate how much it's going to cost. A shop from Safeco's Guaranteed Repair Network3
will give you priority status, estimating the cost of repairs and starting work right away. Plus, we guarantee the work of our network shops for as long as you own your car. If you prefer, take your car to a shop outside the network for repairs. However, if you choose your own shop, we cannot guarantee its work. Insurance-covered repairs
With an approved estimate in hand, the repair shop of your choice gets to work getting you back on the road. In the process, the shop may find additional damage.
For Guaranteed Repair Network shops, it's not an issue. They have prior approval to fix all accident-related damage, even if it wasn't included in the initial estimate. For other shops, it's as simple as sending a new or amended estimate for Safeco's approval. In most cases, customers ask us to pay the shop directly, and that's just fine. Or we can send the payment to you or, if needed, to you and your lender.
We know you want all of this to happen as quickly as possible. A network shop will prioritize your repairs and do the kind of quality work you deserve, guaranteed. Read more about the Guaranteed Repair Network.