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Motorcycle Repair Charges

Motorcycle Accident Claim in California

California Motorcycle Law


The motorcycle repair shop will also coordinate repairs to your motorcycle that may not be made at their facility. They may send the bike out to a specialist for electrical work, upholstery, or metal or chrome work or paint that needs to be replaced or repaired as a result of the motorcycle accident. They will then add these charges from these other facilities to your repair bill and submit all charges to the insurance company.

Sometimes, the cost of additional added parts will not be paid for. This will be discussed in future parts of this article. They will determine the life expectancy of the motorcycle parts to be factored into the cost of the repair. For example, if you place new chrome on your motorcycle including new mufflers that were installed two years prior to the accident, and they consider that the muffler's value at 50 percent and will provide a 50 percent reduction or "depreciation" of the replacement cost of a new muffler.

Another problem that we have with our motorcycle clients is custom paint. The motorcycle repair shop will typically repaint only those sections of the motorcycle that suffered damage. If the motorcycle was more than a few years old, they will probably be able to see the differences between the new and original paint. If there is custom paint, they will not repaint the custom paint, i.e. because it is custom, and they may not provide reimbursement for the custom paint. As such, it is important that you maintain receipts for the custom paint so that you can have the motorcycle put "back to new."




by

Tom Reinecke

California Motorcycle Lawyer