Getting into a car accident or experiencing any kind of damage to your car can be troubling. If you’re like most people, you also worry about how long you’ll be without your car and how much automotive repair shops are going to charge you to fix your vehicle so you can get back on the road.

While it may not be the most fun experience you’ll have this year, dealing with automotive repair shops and getting your car fixed up doesn’t have to be so difficult.

Use this guide to learn 5 key facts about collision repair that will help you through the process:

  1. You should consider OEM parts instead of aftermarket parts. They’re generally of higher quality if they’re made for your car, and your insurance company should provide them. If you’re paying out of pocket, only choose aftermarket parts if cost is a major concern or the car has other problems limiting its worth.

  2. You can choose who repairs your car! Your insurance company may have a preference, but you should be able to finagle working with one of the automotive repair shops you trust if you talk to them.

  3. The shop provides the warranty on service, not the insurance company. That’s just another reason to choose a shop you trust and not get bullied into going with the first one the insurance company recommends.

  4. Get multiple estimates. Some shops simply charge more than others, and that isn’t always a sign of quality. Compare what will be done and the overall cost against company reputation.

  5. Reputation plays a major role in which company you choose. Do your research before you pick an automotive repair shop. The internet is a great resource for doing research and seeing what customers really think.