How to Choose an Auto Body Repair Shop
How To Choose an Auto Body Repair Shop
Wondering how to choose an auto body repair shop in which to trust your vehicle? Selecting the closest shop authorized by your insurance company is hardly a reliable option.
Consider these criteria before deciding where to take your damaged vehicle:
Reputation: Create a list of authorized auto body repair shops, do an internet investigation on each one. Look for reviews, ratings and recommendations which speak to the professionalism and ability of each business. Try asking friends, neighbors, and coworkers about the shops they’re familiar with. Qualifications and policy are also good indicators of quality.
Qualifications: Ask about their certifications- including ASE accreditation, I-CAR certification, and designation as an AAA approved auto body repair shop. Ask how long the shop has been in business and under the same ownership. Longevity and consistency can be signs of solid ownership and reliability.
Warranty Policy: Find out what type of warranty the shop offers for its work. Use a shop which, at minimum, provides a written warranty for a least one year on both parts and work. The best option is a shop that offers a two-year warranty on the body work and three years on paint.
Signs of Quality: Get a general feel for the shop. Is it busy? Is there someone there to help you right away? Are the staff friendly and helpful? Is it clean and well organized? These are often hallmarks of a good auto body shop.
Get Estimates: Ask for estimates from the candidates you are considering. Be sure this is a thorough, written estimate, offering a clear breakdown of labor and parts costs.
When your car is damaged, you are understandably eager to repair it and get back on the road. You depend on your vehicle. Don’t let this overshadow the importance of a thoughtful selection process. If you do, you may end up with overpriced repairs or shoddy workmanship.
Griffin Auto Care is a full-service automotive repair and body shop. From general maintenance to complete collision repair to custom fabrication & accessories, we service all brands and will treat your car with the utmost care and professionalism. To make an appointment for your vehicle, please contact Griffin Auto Care or call 561-659-0765.