Collision Repair and Allstate Drivewise

The collision repair professionals that you trust most have always been right around the corner when needed. Now, collision repair service that’s fast, friendly and conscientious is now at the touch of a finger.

Allstate Drivewise – prolific auto insurance provider Allstate’s usage-based insurance (UBI) tool  that digitally tracks policyholders’ habits behind the wheel – has expanded its service to more states across America, more collision repair shops nationwide, and now into the hands of smartphone users.

With the addition of Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah and Washington, 16 states’ drivers are now covered by Drivewise. Allstate’s UBI product employs a telematics device that monitors drivers’ habits via their vehicles’ respective diagnostic ports. Allstate can then scrutinize the portraits of driving habits they gain and parlay glowing records into policy discounts.

On average, Allstate claims, the average Drivewise policyholder since the program’s 2010 rollout parlays that monitoring into 14-percent savings on average – up to 30 percent, in some states – just for driving safely and keeping their wheels out of the hands of mechanics and collision repair technicians, along with the 10-percent initial discount for new users.

Total, Drivewise now covers drivers in:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah
  • Washington

But that’s not all.

Drivewise now also enjoys smartphone integration through a newly introduced, free-of-charge application.

Drivewise App users will user their user IDs and passwords to set up their accounts online. Once fully registered, they can then download and register the app via either iTunes or Google Play stores. Allstate representatives promise that the new feature will permit checks of Drivewise data and policy information in “near real-time.”

Think of it as being like the Santa Claus of auto insurance. It might not know when you’re sleeping or when you’re awake. However, it knows when you’ve been speeding and it has a pretty good idea when you’ve been in a wreck that’s landed your car laid-up with a collision repair technician.

So take our advice: the longer you steer clear of collision repair visits, the more filled your pockets may become. So give the new program a chance, and embrace Allstate Drivewise looking over your shoulder.

Tina Small has been part of the Airpark Collision Center team since 2006. Working directly with customers, her goal is to share frequent customer questions, and proper methods of collision repair.