I work in the claims field as well. All of the shops are reputable body shops. Since you are not going through your insurance company and are looking to spend as little money as possible fixing your car, I would recommend obtaining 3-4 estimates for the repairs. Shops write estimates differently as do insurance companies. You will see some variance in the cost each one quotes you.
One last thing, ask the shop if they offer a lifetime guarantee (most shops do, but there are a few out there that do not).
I'm a..... cough... cough.... field claims adjuster and I work with body shops around Des Moines. I definitely know the higher priced shops...
Pleasant Hill A/B is a good shop. Another highly recommended shop is Tony Moro A/B off of 2nd Avenue. They do really good work. Charles gabus Ford on Merle Hay is another good shop. The shops mentioned likely won't "gouge" you too bad.
I can certainly name some shops that will stick it to you as well....
Why would they stick it to you? Just curious. I hope you do not work for Progressive.
I have had really good luck with Ankeny auto body, they are really nice guys, and always do a great job for a fair price. My wife had a streak a few years back where she would get hit by someone every 6 months, and we always went there, and always had a good experience.
I would agree with Ankeny Auto Body. They fixed my truck back in the 1900's and did a really good job doing it.
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