Regardless of the collision, if you have a strange noise coming from your vehicle and you need to perform routing, or if the routing is undergoing maintenance, you should check a few points before selecting an auto repair facility. The average consumer is used to finding the best offer, reading product reviews and making informed decisions. With online shopping and comparison sites flooding the Internet, consumers are becoming increasingly dependent on the Web. Unfortunately, the Web can be difficult to navigate when searching for auto repairs. There is no online pricing tool available, there is no way to know that the repairs that are quoted are actually the repairs your vehicle needs, or guarantees that the work will be done on time. That's why we have drawn up a simple checklist of items to consider before selecting a body shop, auto repair center or any service provider.
1) Is the owner, partner or general manager available? talk with before starting repairs. Many times, if a person in a leadership role is not present, the work may suffer. Plus, if you are having problems and that an owner is not present, this can become a real headache when it comes to solving problems.
An auto repair shop or reputable body shop will have certain areas that you are not allowed to visit for insurance purposes, but you will still be able to consult them from the threshold. This will give you an overview of the installation, tools and type of employees that will work on your vehicle. If, for any reason, the visit request is refused or red flags appear during your visit, we recommend that you continue to search for a reputable car repair center.
3) Do your homework by asking people about the repair facility with which you plan to do business. The online resources are excellent, but many times the review sites are filled with paid reviews, created by the owners or even the competitors. For this reason, we always recommend asking for references that include recent work done by completely impartial third-party clients.
4) Go with your instinct. Most of the time, when we have a very bad experience, we look back and say, "I had the feeling that it was going to happen." Our instinct is embedded in our DNA to keep us out of trouble and one of the best ways to avoid mistakes is to do our homework and listen to your instincts.
5) Do not be lazy. Online tools and purchases have made us forget the importance of doing our homework before making major purchasing decisions. Do not fall into this trap. While making a quick decision may seem like a great way to save time, it often takes more time and money to fix problems that could have been avoided.