NEVER NEVER EVER allow the a fault party carrier inspect the vehicle PRIOR to getting an agreement on how the claim will be appraised and settled based on COMPLETE disclosure of the assessed TOTAL amount of loss.
If your vehicle is in a collision (not talking about a minor fender bender) and you want it replaced rather repaired, DO NOT allow the at fault parties carrier inspect the vehicle, and do not sign ANY document from a repair facility - its a trap!!!
+1 on the request to please elaborate on this. Is this a Texas-specific suggestion? (I live in California).
What exactly does it mean to get agreement on how the claim will be appraised and settled. Can you give an example?
The at fault party's insurance didn't really ask permission before sending an inspector to the repair shop. Are you suggesting to forbid the shop from allowing the at fault insurance to come look? In my case the shop just sent the insurance photographs.
About signing documents from a repair facility, please explain. When I had my car towed to a repair shop, the first thing they do is make you sign something that says, I have to pay for whatever insurance doesn't pay, which is at least some teardown and storage cost, or else I will never get my car back. It sounded like they would not accept my car until at least that was signed.