The Beginner’s Guide to Repairs

How to Choose a Car Repair Shop

When your car’s having problems, it’s important to find a good car repair shop that will help put you back on the road. But of course, you can’t always easily tell which of those in your area is the right one for you.

Below are tips that can make things easier:

Asking for Referrals
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One of the best ways to start your search for a reputable car repair shop is to ask for referrals from people you personally know – friends, relatives, coworkers, etc. It’s good to ask for these referrals before an incident happens so you know whom to call as a situation comes up.
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Checking for Certifications

Drop by the car repair shop you’re interested in and take a look at certifications displayed on their windows or walls. The Federal Trade Commission actually recommends this. Certifications don’t guarantee good service, but they do mean the technicians have up-to-date knowledge and training and can work on your car better.

Checking with the Better Business Bureau

Before bringing your vehicle to a certain repair shop, check with the Better Business Bureau and find out about their reputation. There, you can see if they’ve had some customer issues, and if so, how these were resolved.

Understanding Your Warranty

If your vehicle still under warranty, you usually have to bring it to the dealer for repair. Car warranties vary, and knowing who may and may not service your car can be confusing. That means there are cases where you will not be able to pick a shop if it’s not affiliated with your dealership. Note that violating your warranty ends your agreement, so if you’re uncertain, call your dealer.

Being Observed

Just by looking at an office or working area, you can tell a lot about a business. Begin by checking out a car repair shop’s parking lot. There should be other vehicles within the same value range as yours, and the area must be clean and organized. Certainly, the office and waiting room must be tidy, and you should find copies of fees and labor rates on their walls.

Choosing a Specialist

Regardless of your car’s make and model, do find a repair shop that is a specialist. As you would expect, specialist shops have more up-to-date training and equipment, making them a better choice, especially if you need a major repair.

Asking for References

Lastly, it is recommended by the no less than the National Institute for Automotive Service, that consumers ask references when trying out an auto repair shop. This help you paint a picture of what an experience with a certain shop might be like.