If you’ve never had to take your car to an auto body shop, consider yourself blessed. For the rest of us, picking one from the many that are out there can be rather like finding a needle in a haystack, near impossible. Don’t panic, we know just what to do and we’ll help you with this.
The first thing you should do is evaluate what you need to have done to your car. Do you know anyone else who has had to have similar work done? Call them and ask them who they called for their auto work. Were they satisfied? Was it affordable? Did the auto body shop stay in communication with them regarding their car?
It’s always a good idea to call more than one shop and get some ideas. Once you have a few business names then it’s time to go online and read reviews of what other customers had to say about that particular auto body shop. You want to read positive reviews and if you read a negative review, read on to see if the company resolves the issue.
If you like what you’re reading, call the shop that is at the top of your list and ask them if they give free estimates. Most will but you’ll have to take your car in and let them evaluate the situation.
Again, get a few different estimates. Consider parts, fees and any other charges that you may have to pay for them to work on your car. Again, not all shops are going to be the same.
Make sure that the shop you have chosen is familiar with your specific model of car. Some cars are easier to work on than others and you’ll want to make sure that you get a great deal and that they’re familiar with your type of car.
Another great way to find a great auto body shop is to ask your local auto parts store who they would recommend and why. You’ll likely get an immediate answer and likely a name as well. The reason is that they’ve worked with this particular person in the past and know that this particular person understands cars and what they’re doing.
If they give you two different names, talk to both of the names that they give you before you make your final choice. Again, read reviews and make sure that you are satisfied with what others have to say about that particular auto body shop.
Choosing an auto body shop doesn’t have to be a difficult decision. It just takes some legwork and the time to ask some general questions. Will they take payments, are they familiar with your particular type of car, and how long it should take.
Once you’ve chosen an auto body shop you’ll be able to schedule your car in for repairs and rest assured that the job will be done properly. Call around, get a free estimate, and make sure that they give you a list of everything that they’ve done to your car and you should be fine.