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How to Take Pictures for a Quick Quote

Would you like to get a preliminary quote for your car’s repair without having to bring it to the shop? Send us pictures of your car and we’ll send you back a Quick Quote.

Make sure to follow the instructions on the slideshow below, so that we’re able to estimate the damage of your car through the pictures you send to us.

  • Open up your driver’s side door and you’ll find a sticker, about the size of a credit card, that's your car's VIN or Vehicle Identification Number. Please take a readable, close-up shot of your VIN.

Once you have the pictures of your VIN, the four corners of your car and the damage itself, you can email them directly to info@1stCollisionCenter.com or by using our Contact Form. In order to use the contact form, you need to compress your photos so that you can attach them as a .zip file. Both Windows and Mac make this process very easy for you:

Windows – Locate your photos in your computer. Select all of them, right click and point to “Send to” then click “Compressed (zipped) folder.” A new .zip file is created in the same location.

Mac – Locate your photos in the finder window. Select the photos and right click on them. Select “Compress.” A new .zip file is created in the same location.

The Quick Quote is only for evaluation and will not be considered final price of repairs, preliminary estimate, or an authorization to repair. This is just meant to give you a rough idea of what the cost of the repair will be. We might see the car in person, and it could turn out to be cheaper!

Steering is Illegal!

According to I-Can, steering refers to the practice of insurance companies directing their claimants to or away from a specific repair facility or provider. This practice is illegal. In California, for example, the following steering laws apply: 758.5 (a) No insurer shall require that an automobile be repaired at a specific automotive repair dealer, as… Continue Reading

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