Below are a few tips to ensure you are not wasting your money and time on the wrong auto repair shop.
Do Your Research – Websites such as Yelp and Google Review can provide reviews from many previous customers of that auto repair shop. However, some listings may leave some mixed reviews, leaving you indifferent about which auto repair shop to visit. That is why it is also important to visit the auto service shop before making a firm decision on where to take your vehicle.
If you are looking at reviews on the auto repair shop’s website, it is important to remember that the company is controlling what is said on their website, so take caution.
Word of Mouth Recommendations – Insurance companies offer recommendations to you. However, the companies they suggest are not because they have first-hand experience with the auto repair shop. It is wise to ask friends and family for an auto repair shop recommendation. Your friends and family are most likely to tell you which auto repair shops to avoid, as well.
Visit Repair Shop before a Repair is Necessary – If you are deciding which auto repair shop to take your car to, making the decision when you are in a hurry might cause you to overlook important factors and cost you more money than needed. Visit a handful of auto service centers before you need one and it will give you a chance to check out the shop’s cleanliness, efficiency and services offered.
Going to a repair shop before your car needs repaired is a good way find out how the owner runs his business and more over, making decisions when you have time and not while you are rushed is better policy, in any situation.
Get Estimates – Prices vary between auto service centers. Often the price varies because of the location of the body shop. Unfortunately, auto body shops that are conveniently located are more likely to have higher rates. Visit several auto body shops to ensure you get the best price. Traveling a few miles out of town may be worth the drive.
When visiting the shops, take note of how many workers are present. The more workers, the higher the shop’s overhead. Auto body shops with high overhead are more likely to up charge your services to increase their profit margin.