I have mentioned in another post but will say again for the sake of this post that I am very new and am looking at getting on rosters and having my arse handed to me and all that BUT I just spoke with a friend of a friend about doing auto claims. Well, let me back up a little. I got interested in this field cause of another friend that does cat adjusting. My kids are getting a little older and I felt like I could be out of the house more and, when my friend is working, the money isn't bad. Conditions are usually terrible and hours suck and if you can't budget you will starve when not deployed and all that (by the way, most all of the posts here say exactly the same things my friend has been saying to me so thanks for not sugar coating anything around here). But I want to be an overnight success, just like him, pun intended (10 years of hard work later he feels like he is finally comfortable doing what he is doing:)
So I took the cheesy course, read some books and am now licensed in GA! YAY me, right. I am pretty sure I have a good idea of what I am getting in to being deployed, if that ever happens. I have some basic knowledge of xactimate, a few years of construction knowledge, and a decent head on my shoulders (I think anyway, just ask me). I have been deployed with a Sprint tech when Katrina and Rita came through getting generators and parts in to the area and installed to get cell towers back up so I know what a cluster mess being deployed can be. I have worked as a residential and light commercial building superintendent, and am pretty computer literate. So here I am thinking I want to get in to this cat adjusting industry and am reading all the forums I can get and registering for all the rosters I can when another friend says, "hey, why don't you do auto claims?"
I do have a love for cars that goes back longer than my construction experience. I have bought and sold cars from my driveway for a long time for profit. I have sold cars for dealerships both new and used. Worked as a used car manager for a big name dealer and was a buyer/wholesaler for several used car dealers. I have restored them, worked on them, modded them, blah, blah, blah. I know body shop rules, rates, and techniques.
So, with all that being said, I mean typed, what do you experienced guys and gals think of your field? Why do you property people do property and not auto? Do you do both? Does anyone do both? Auto people (are there any on this forum?) why did you choose auto claims?
It looks as though some of the big outfits (Pilot comes to mind) provide both property and auto claims adjusters for storm hit areas. I very much enjoyed both construction and vehicle jobs. I know this is primarily a property adjusters populated site but can anyone offer up words of advise or get a decent conversation going on either field (other than "just stay on the porch, it sucks" type answers??
I really love y'all's forum. Thanks for all the good reading.