How to Find a Great Auto Body Shop

Finding a body shop isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but nevertheless, we all need to have work done on our cars eventually, especially when it comes to needing the right tools, saving time, and sometimes saving money. Unfortunately, it’s also very easy to find the wrong auto body shop, even though they may be a little bit cheaper than their competitors who have much more experience and better reviews. You have to remember that your car is your tool in order to keep your family safe and get you where you need to be, so you’ll want to go with the one that actually gets you from A to B the best way possible, and we’re going to provide some real tips from real mechanics.

Ask Around

Believe it or not, word of mouth is the best tool possible. Of course, some auto body shops will have a website, and this is essential as well. Be sure to check online reviews on places like Google, Yelp, Angie’s List, and other review websites about the shop you’re looking into. More importantly though, ask around to find out what people in the area truly think about them. For instance we asked around for a body shop Gardena and found Aces.

How Far Away is It?

You need to consider things like location as well. Believe it or not, labor is the highest part of your bill, and you want to know how long it’s going to take to get the job done, right along with how far away it’s going to be from you. Even if you go local, you want to ensure that you’re not going to have to pay longer fees because of their busy schedule, which causes your car to gather up storing fees the longer it sits there.

Don’t Just Choose the Cheapest One

The more experienced and higher reputation places actually charge slightly higher prices, while still being affordable. You want to look at quality work, not quantity, and definitely not price. Find out how well they can provide parts for your car, and how affordable they are, but also how good their products are that they’ll order (including parts).

Consider Specialties

Believe it or not, you can request that a certified mechanic for your actual car’s manufacturer works on your car. Most auto body shops that have multiple mechanics have at least one for the area’s most popular brands.

Don’t Go In Blind

This is the biggest mistake, and while it used to be the common factor for women who needed car repair in the past, there are a lot of younger folk that go in and don’t know what’s wrong with their car. Don’t just get the first assessment there. More than ever, you’ll want to know what exactly is wrong with your car before you take it in to your shop. This way, you can know what’s wrong when they do their assessment, and find out if their story matches the master mechanic that took a look at your car (or found the problem).

Conclusion

It’s really easy to get jipped by car auto body shops, because that’s just how they get paid, and are able to pay their employees. If you’re wanting the best advice out there, you’ll want to ensure that you get the best rates, best parts, lowest price, and most value in your short amount of time you want to be without a car. Be sure to ask about rental options while your car is in the shop that they have access to, and never forget to tell them to not do anything more than what you took your car in for.

Christian Reynolds

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Christian is the chief reporter, editor, and webmaster at Cleveland Leader. An aspiring news anchor, his hobbies outside of investigative reporting are golf, martinis, and adventure travel. If you have a scoop on any developing story, please contact him on this page.

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Christian Reynolds

Christian is the chief reporter, editor, and webmaster at Cleveland Leader. An aspiring news anchor, his hobbies outside of investigative reporting are golf, martinis, and adventure travel. If you have a scoop on any developing story, please contact him on this page.

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