Have you ever experienced a car breakdown right in the middle of nowhere? Let me tell you a funny and slightly annoying story about someone I know. Now this person was driving around in a Lancer GLXi model. It was raining hard and the road that she was driving on was unpaved. So the temperature gauge was registering in the red for some reason. Now clearly, the car was absolutely overheated at this point. However, instead of stopping and at least calling in for a towing or on-read repair service, this person decided to drive on. All because she was afraid of getting stuck in the middle of the road in the rain. As a result, when she finally reached an auto body shop, the engine had really taken a beating. It needed a complete overhaul and couldnt be used for over a week until it was properly tested.
In any case, its a good idea to find automobile repair shops that you can trust in your area before something similar happens to you. Here are a few tips that you may want to take into consideration.
1. Get Recommendations
The most reliable sources of recommendations that you can get would be none other than your personal social network: in other words, your friends and family. Ask around from people within your circle who have actually had experience with certain auto body shops. Make sure that this experience is first-hand and not just based on hearsay. Also, it is never a bad idea to check with the Better Business Bureau.
2. Be Prepared
Know your insurance policy number and your cars unique vehicle identification number. Also, make sure that you have an auto body shop or towing service that you can call in just in case an accident actually occurs. Also, have the proper mindset in case of an accident. Safety first, and call in either the police, ambulance or a towing service depending on your needs.
3. Ask For Certifications
When you have your car serviced at an auto body shop, always check the mechanic working on your car. If you need dent repairs for example, make sure that the auto repair technician handling it is actually certified to perform said repairs.
4. Ask for a free estimate
You are under no obligation to pay an auto body shop except for services actually rendered. Therefore, before you make your final decision, do not forget nor hesitate to ask for a free estimate. Any reputable auto body shop will be willing to give you an estimate on their services. Also, you can use this information to shop around a bit and choose which auto body shops pricing schemes suit you the most.
5. Ask for simplified explanations
Whatever type of work needs to be done on your car, you should know what it is the mechanics plan to do. Even if you are not mechanically inclined, you should at least know what type of repair tasks are to b done on your car. If you cannot understand something, then ask for a simplified explanation from the mechanic. This is your right as a customer.