Finding a trusted auto body shop is extremely important in maintaining the health of your vehicle and minimizing unnecessary automobile expenditures. Take these factors into consideration before choosing your go-to mechanic:
One of the best places to go for information you can trust is your circle of friends. Ask them what body shop they have used in the past and how satisfied they were. Referrals are a great way to identify quality shops.
Read online reviews. There are numerous online sites that allow customers to weigh in on their experience.
Contact your local consumer organization and find out if there have been any complaints made against a particular shop and how the complaints were resolved.
Shop qualifications. Visit the auto repair shop and:
How to choose the best repair shop for a classic car?
Classic cars require specialized service and repairs. With the financial and emotional investment you likely have in your classic car, why trust it to just any body shop? Learn how to choose where to go to get your treasure the upkeep and pampering it deserves.
Why not just do the jobs myself?
Hiring a mechanic to service your classic car provides numerous benefits including:
Knowledge of necessary service. Mechanics experienced with a particular type of classic car will know exactly what service is needed when. These services requirements and timing vary significantly from modern cars.
Documentation of service. If you ever decide to resell your car, having a record of what services you have had performed will help increase the [...]
Getting your oil changed is key to keep your car running efficient especially in the summer on a hot day.
The historical refrain for the oil change question seemed to be “every 3,000 miles”. For cars bought in the last seven or eight years, that is no longer true.
Why the switch? Improvements in oil chemistry and engine technology have meant that cars can drive significantly farther before needing that oil change. Current recommended estimates are closer to 7,500 and may go as high as 10,000 miles or more.
That said, your magic mileage number depends on your particular vehicle. For the best guideline, check out your car’s manual (either in your glove box or online). It will likely give a mileage figure that, not [...]