Auto repairs are just not something you can ignore. Want to make your auto repair experience less stressful? Learn what to ask your auto body shop before repairs are done. Here are a few tips on what a good auto body shop will do for you.
According to an article at autos.com, “Auto Repair Questions”
“Looking for a reputable automotive repair service shop can be a stressful experience. Here are some simple questions you should ask any shop before dropping your car off or agreeing to any work.
Don’t be afraid to ask about the shop’s certification. You want to make sure that they are ASE certified, and certified by the dealers to work on your car. If you take your car to a shop that isn’t certified and something goes wrong, having a certified mechanic fix the mistake afterwards will cost much more money in the long run.
You need to know if you are going to get new parts or refurbished parts, which can make a difference in the cost. You will also want to know if the parts are covered by a warranty. There is no point in saving a few bucks by getting a used part if you have to replace it again in the near future. A good auto shop will also allow you to see the parts that are pulled off the car so that you can see the damage before you pay to repair it.
Ask the shop if they will give you an estimate in writing. This will save you from having the cost of the repair skyrocket after you’ve left the car there. Most mechanics will call you if they find more damage. It’s a good idea to make sure the mechanic knows this is what you want.
Asking for a time frame for the repair is vital. You need to know if you’ll be without transportation for a few hours, or a few days. A good shop will be able to give you an accurate time frame for the repair. The time associated with the repair will also affect the cost. Most shops have an hourly rate they charge in addition to the costs of the parts. A repair that takes 10 hours will be drastically more expensive than one that takes 2 hours.”