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4 Tips to Help You Choose the Right Auto Body Shop

4 Tips to Help You Choose the Right Auto Body Shop

A car is a considerable investment. You’ll want it to perform well for you for many years. After having it repaired, the last thing you need is the headache of being stranded on the side of the road as a result of shoddy work. Choosing the right body shop is key to the happiness of a car owner. Let’s look at four tips for doing so.

How Much Do They Charge?

You’ll want to visit several shops and get estimates from each. Be sure to explain the problem thoroughly and find out the cost of having the exact same repairs from each so that you’ll be able to make an accurate comparison of cost. If a body shop’s estimate seems unusually high when compared to the others, you might wish to take it off your list of possibilities. 

Ask Around

Secondly, rely on your friends and relatives for help. They can provide you with opinions you trust. If a friend of yours has been to an auto body shop many times without encountering problems, that’s a good indication of reliable parts and service. Check out customer reviews, as well. 

What are Their Costs?

Consider the possible overhead of a shop. You don’t want to be overcharged so they can pay their excessively high bills. Are they located in an area where the rent might be exorbitantly high? Well, that cost might be passed on to their customers. Are there many employees milling about? Don’t get stuck paying the salaries of people who aren’t actually involved in the repair of your car.

Get a Feel for the Place

Perhaps our best asset in finding the right repair shop is our common sense. When visiting different shops, ask questions and look around to get a feel for what you might expect. Consider the following:

Is the shop clean and well cared for? Do they offer a lifetime warranty? Are the employees friendly to you? After all, if they don’t respect you, you certainly can’t expect them to respect your vehicle. Are there awards or certifications displayed on the walls? 

Using a combination of questions and observation can help prevent you from having inferior work done and/or paying more than you should when it’s time to have your car repaired. It’s an investment of time that’s well worth it.

If you have any questions regarding auto body work, please contact Central Auto Body at (503) 894-9500.