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WHEN ACCIDENTS HAPPEN

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    Tue 9:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Wed 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thu 9:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Fri 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Sat 10:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Sun 10:00AM - 2:00PM

WHEN ACCIDENTS HAPPEN

How to Respond in a Tough Situation

Being in a car accident is the last thing anyone wants - but when it does happen, there are ways of making sure that the legal and insurance issues are handled with as little stress as possible.

  • First of all - stay calm.
  • If someone is injured, be sure to call for medical help.
  • Make sure you call the police.
  • Don't publicly make any statements where you either accuse the other person of causing the accident or take all the blame yourself. It could open you up to legal problems.
  • Whatever you do, don't leave the scene until you've had a chance to talk with the officer and you've gotten their name. It's important to make sure that your side of the story goes on the record. Afterward, it's a good idea to get a copy of the police report.
  • Make sure you have a pre-printed copy of your insurance information in the glove compartment, along with a camera you can use to provide pictures for the insurance company. A disposable camera with a flash for nighttime or interior shooting is usually best for this.
  • In dealing with the other driver, make sure you get their name, address, driver's license number and insurance information - and that they get the same information from you.
  • Also, make sure to get information from any witnesses as well.
  • Make sure you get pictures of any physical evidence of what could have caused the accident.
  • Write down pertinent details such as where the accident took place, what the weather was like, etc.
  • Once the information's exchanged, report the accident to the insurance company immediately, even if it's not your fault.
  • Make sure you understand how you're covered, and don't be afraid to ask the insurance company to explain the conditions of your coverage and payments.
  • Don't be afraid to seek legal advice - and don't sign anything if you don't understand it.
  • When you're using a body shop to get repairs to your vehicle, be aware that the insurance company can recommend a shop, but you are under no legal obligation to use its services. You have the legal right to choose the shop to do your repairs.
  • Also be aware that insurance companies sometimes try to dictate what type of parts are used in a vehicle's repair. They might insist that a shop not use Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts, as they are more expensive.

    You have a right to know what kind of parts are being used on your vehicle, and to know if your insurance policy dictates what kind of parts can be used in your car. If your policy lets you choose, you have the right to decide for yourself.
  • An insurance company also has the right to inspect your vehicle, but it is not required to do so. In addition, they cannot require you to visit one of their own claim centers.
  • And finally: Make sure you learn from this accident, but also let yourself move on from what happened. Everyone has an accident once in a while - it's just something that happens.

Remember - Drive Safely!

Want more information on your rights? To make an appointment, call us at 941-822-6151 or make an appointment online!

What People Say About Us


  • -Alley R.

    Ash has been servicing my BMW 128 for the last year... I love that he will always answer my call or return my text! He does awesome work and at an affordable price. Very honest guy. He always makes me feel like a VIP. I would highly recommend him.


  • -Jean J.

    I am very pleased with the honest service I receive from this business every time I go. My fixer upper has needed a few services done to keep her running and I've always left with the problem fixed and not feeling like I've been taken advantage of. Great service, great staff.


  • -Cody R.

    Beautiful Shop. Ashly the owner is very professional, courteous, experienced, and most of all honest. The shop is spotless and neat. His now new location has air conditioned waiting room with TV. Much nicer and improved shop. I believe Ashly will continue to grow. And would recommend him to everybody.


  • -Katrina P.

    We love Ashley! He services my BMW. The car was unfortunately sold to me by a (former) trusted family friend with multiple very obvious issues that turned up almost immediately after my purchase of this vehicle. Ashley has been very honest with me and very helpful in the diagnosing and fixing of these issues. Now my car runs beautifully and I actually enjoy driving it! He's very kind and cares a lot about his customers! Me and my boyfriend won't go to anyone else!


  • -Alexis G.

    He was AMAZING, He let me know what caused the problem and then took his time explaining it. I'm a college girl so I don't know much about cars, and he was quick and efficient. He understood my budget and knew what was needed to be done, and what could wait to be done I would recommend him to anyone! He's amazing. Thank you Ashly I truly appreciate everything. My car is running better than ever now.


  • -Matthew B.

    There is no mechanic I have ever trusted so unconditionally. To say Ashly is an expert is an understatement of his skills. Even when I lived in the North Port area I would still come to him for my repairs. Ashly is an honest, hard working guy and I will always bring my vehicle to him. I refer all of my friends to him and will continue to do so as he is a genuinely great mechanic!


  • -Steve M.

    I could not be happier with the service provided and the help I received including getting specific instructions for going to a part store to get everything taken care of. I will not go anywhere else for any work done because this is the best mechanic I've found so far in the area! Well worth the drive. Thank you!!


  • -Sherman C.

    Work was done quickly and at a fair price. BTW, no appointment on July 4th. Awesome job. Many thanks to Ashley for making it happen!


  • -Fran P.

    I initially questioned the legitimacy of this businesses reviews because there were so many positive responses, but Sarasota Mechanic is the real deal and has earned all of these positive reviews! Ash is knowledgeable, competent, honest, consistent and reasonably priced. He is completely transparent about parts cost and labor while providing customers options so they can make the best decisions about their car repairs. This is the best and only mechanic you'll ever need!


  • -C.J. L

    Called these guys on Saturday out of a bit of desperation because I needed my alternator replaced by Monday before I drove up to maryland. Almost no other shops were open on Sunday or could even look at my car before Monday afternoon. These guys offered to come to me and fix my car for significantly cheaper than other places I called. And I didn't have to get my car towed over there. After they fixed it on sunday, they charged me even less than the quote. Overall, very good experience and I will definitely call them again.

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