'Tis the Season for Fender Benders and Expensive Car Repairs

Tips to save at the auto repair shop, when winter weather increases car accidents.
3:00 | 12/09/13

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to learn more. We're back now with our "real money" team. As drivers know one of the hazards of this weather, more fender benders. These kinds of accidents can do the most damage to your wallet. Abc's paula faris and how to keep the money in your pocket. Reporter: The weather outside is frightful, and so is the damage it can do to your car. Car insurance claims in december -- almost 20% higher than the rest of the year. Here at great bear auto body shop, mechanic audra fordin tells us the work is piling up. We get a lot of snow and jammed up with a lot of accidents. Reporter: This accident on icy roads happened just this morning. They'll need new fender, a bumper. The most common, a busted bumper coasting anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousands. With a simple tip you can put the brakes on spending a bundle. Tip number one get the best price. When we met the ray brand family of san francisco this summer they needed a tuneup but local mechanics quoting them wildly different prices. 250, $325. Reporter: Repair pal gives you the average cost for the same service in your area so you know you're getting a fair deal. Tip number two, if your repair is simple, why not have them come to you. With your mechanic sprouting up around the country you'll pay a lot less. They don't have to have a garage and all the overhead that that requires. Reporter: Tip number three, if you need road side assistance, towed, getting pulled out of a snowy ditch, you may have the service. Check with your insurance company. Believe it or not, most cell phone companies also offer road side assistance. Verizon wireless offering the service for $3 a month. If you are in a fender bender document everything, not just pictures of the damage but the road side, the weather, the skids. Most importantly, document the other driver's information. Diane, just a few simple snaps could save you thousands of dollars in insurance claims.

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