If you’re having issues with your car, you have to find a good auto repair shop to help you get back on the road. But of course, it isn’t always easy to determine which of those that are operating in your area, is actually the one for you.
Here are tips to make things easier:
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One of the best ways of finding a reputable car repair shop is just to ask people around you for referrals – your relatives, friends, colleagues, neighbors, etc. Ask for these referrals before a problem begins so when it does, you’ll know whom to call.
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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 make no guarantees, but they do increase the chances that the shop’s employees are updated with their training and thus more equipped to handle your vehicle.
Checking with the Better Business Bureau
Before taking your car to the repair shop, check with the Better Business Bureau to know their reputation. There you would know if they’ve dealt with customer complaints in the past, and if so, how these were fixed.
Understanding Your Warranty
With a car that is still under warranty, you’ll have to take it to the dealer for any repairs. Car warranties can be confusing in terms of who may or may not repair it. 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.
It’s easy to get to know a business just by looking at its office or working area. 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.
Picking a Specialist
Whatever car you own, pick a repair shops that specializes in it. 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
Finally, the National Institute for Automotive Service recommends that consumers ask for references from a car repair shop they plan to use for the first time. This will give you a fair idea of how choosing a certain shop may go for you.