Looking On The Bright Side of Repairs
Tips on Choosing a Body Shop
If you’ve got yourself into a fender bender, it’s likely that you’ll need to find a body shop to fix your car or truck. With thousands upon thousands of body shops in the United States alone, it is important to know that they are definitely not all composed the same way.
And do not think that the grade of a repair job doesn’t matter much. A repair job that is poor can reduce a car’s value tremendously. To put it differently, even when an insurance company is paying for repairs now, you are going to be paying for it once you’re forced to sell your car. For just this reason you’ll want to choose a body shop.
Here are considerations when choosing the right shop to fix your car or truck
Know a fantastic body shop before you go
Being ready, with a good body shop in mind before you get into an accident, is ideal. This way, you’ll be in a better chance to move and get the vehicle in fast, expediting the process. Further, all this will save you from making a hasty decision, and you’ll avoid stress overload. Nevertheless, if it’s too late, fear not; read on and get ready to get the right body shop.
Look at some recent body work
If possible, attempt to take a go through some recently finished work. Look for uneven fitments, swirls, paint lines, and indicators of work that is less than perfect.
Ask about Warranties and Guarantees
Ask whether any kind of warranties or guarantees are offered. Body shops will guarantee their work for 6 or at least a 3 month period. Ask them why If they do not offer warranties.
Look at what types of automobiles that the body shop is working on
By finding plenty of fine cars being fixed this might be a sign that the body store does quality work with quality components. On the other hand, if the shop seems to be repairing a bunch of ‘beaters’, then you may want to search elsewhere.
It’s very important to determine if your type of car is worked on by the body shop. Ask the owner if he has ever worked on your particular model. Often times a shop will specialize in certain makes and models of cars. You will want to bring your vehicle to a body shop that is familiar with repairing it, if you expect good results.
Have a look around the entire body shop
When assessing a body store, take a look around the job area. If the shop appears to be filthy, and also if there’s lots of dirt and dust present, you might want to search elsewhere. A little bit of ‘dirtiness’ is expected so use your judgment when evaluating the cleanliness of their body shop environment.
Ask about payments
This could have an effect on your decision should you intend to pay. Additionally, be wary of body shops that ‘Only accept money’ or have shady payment requirements.