So the “preferred” repair service your agent is steering you to is certainly “preferred”. preferred by the insurance provider for THEIR advantage, not yours. Why? Because the preferred body shop has agreed (in writing) to use auto parts that are less expensive than factory parts. This can mean using inferior parts, and perhaps not doing all that is vital to correctly repair your car. It might even mean that your car will be dangerous to drive after the fixes have been completed.When I was young, my dad told me I would be wise to develop a marketable skill so that if I found myself unemployed I could hang out my own shingle – put out a sign offering my services and do them on a contract basis. I like automotive paint tool work because it not only expresses my artistic side, restoring the smooth curve of the original design to a damaged car, it requires a lot of attention to detail, which is absorbing and makes the day fly by. Have you noticed that when you are concentrating on something and painstakingly doing it right, you may get a surprise tap on the shoulder telling you it is quitting time?Positive word of mouth will create plenty of sales alone. Word gets around if a business practice is less than honest. The shop is their livelihood so you can expect them to make sure you are satisfied. Do they have a list of satisfied customers? Is it online as proof?Once you’ve settled for an auto body Chicago repair shop, look at vehicles they have on their garage. Notice the paint job and panels and see if they are properly installed. Do not be afraid to put the mechanics on the spot. For example, ask them what they would do if you are unhappy with a car they just repaired. Ask them about added fees and stuff and take a look at their parts. If they are not original, make sure they are at least certified.