It doesn't have to be daunting to find a repair shop that will complete work on your vehicle and meet your expectations. Although it's easy to get inundated with various options and occasionally feel lost as to how you should proceed, your best bet is to take a sheet of paper, list four or five repair shops in your city and begin jotting down the pros and cons for each. Opt for in-person visits over phone calls, as seeing each facility and speaking to a representative face to face can convince you whether a certain shop is the right one. And, perhaps most importantly, don't doubt your intuition. Here are some factors to consider.
Your first responsibility when searching for a repair shop is to ensure it's properly certified. Meticulously look for up-to-date certificates on the wall and ensure you see accreditation from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, which is commonly abbreviated to "ASE," as well as the American Automobile Association. Additionally, ensure the shop's mechanics' licenses are clearly displayed and are current -- you should see the licensing years listed. Ask about any specific training or certification that relates to the nature of your vehicle. For example, if you're dropping off a recreational vehicle, ensure the shop is properly qualified to do the job.
Length of the Job
An experienced shop representative should be able to give you a fairly accurate estimate as to how long the work will take. Although you're likely eager to get your vehicle back as soon as possible, it's also important to remember that you don't want to use a shop that does quick, shoddy work. Ask each shop how long your repair will take and compare the answers you're given. Ideally, you should hear four or five similar numbers, but if one is significantly longer or shorter, it's a cause for concern.
Many people neglect to ask about the shop's warranty policy, but remembering to obtain this information is vitally important. Seek a clear explanation of not only how the shop's warranty works, but how it covers both parts and labor. A professional shop's warranty should cover both, and you need to understand how you'll be protected if you experience a problem as a result of a faulty part or due to a labor issue. Always ask for a copy of the warranty in writing, read it carefully and ask any questions to ensure you fully understand the policy.
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6 June 2015
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