You have the right to select a body shop of your choice. You are not required to use a body shop chosen by the insurance carrier. You have the right to have your vehicle restored to the same condition that it was in prior to the accident. If your vehicle is deemed a total loss you have the right to recover the fair market value of your vehicle at the time of the accident. Sometimes it is advantageous to start the repair process or complete the repairs through your own insurance carrier. At Linnen Co., L.P.A. we assist our clients in making sure that the client’s vehicle is promptly repaired and, if it is a total loss, we review the offer on the total loss to make sure it is a reasonable valuation.