Even the Best Drivers Have Accidents Too
Auto accidents even happen to the most careful drivers. When searching for an body shop, here are tips on finding the best auto body shop in your area.
According to an article at autos.com, “4
Auto Body Repair Tips”
- · “Use the Web. Try a Google search with the name of the shop you are considering. You may well find praise and pans about the shop either in various news stories or in specific Web sites. Of course, be sure to consider that information as just a tool in your arsenal. You should also contact the Better Business Bureau and any consumer protection agencies in your area to see if they have information or ratings that may guide your decision.
- · Know your technician. Technicians in auto body repair shops have different specialties. Generally someone that changes an auto’s oil won’t then work on complex engine repairs. Those that work on the auto body generally don’t work on an engine. Those at repair shops located at auto dealerships generally have intense training provided by the manufacturer. Ask about technicians training. Also find out how many technicians are in the shop. The fewer technicians, the longer you will likely wait to have your car repaired.
- · Don’t assume you know what parts are used. It’s a fairly safe bet that shops affiliated with dealerships and large chain repair shops use new parts. But that might not always be true. Ask if the parts are new, taken from junkyards or other sources. Some car owners don’t mind if junkyard parts are used because the lower cost is reflected in the price. You owe it to yourself to know what you receive, though.
- · Try before you drive. Recently I took my car into a shop affiliated with a dealership for a minor repair. Before driving away, I tried out several functions and realized the radio didn’t work. The fix was an easy one and cheerfully made. Still, checking before I left saved me time and aggravation. On the other hand, the dealership’s prompt, friendly fix assured me I chose a quality shop.” To read the entire article click here.