Tips on Choosing a Body Shop
If you’ve got yourself into an accident are you are going to want to find a body shop to repair your car or truck. With thousands upon thousands of body shops in the United States alone, it is important to know that they are not all created equal.
And do not think that the grade of a repair job doesn’t matter much. A repair job can reduce a car’s value . In other words, even if an insurance carrier is paying for repairs now, you’ll be paying for it later, when you’re forced to sell your vehicle for less than it should be worth. 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. If it’s too late with this, fear not; read on and get ready to obtain the appropriate body shop.
Look at some recent body work
If possible, try to have a look at some recently finished work. Start looking for paint lines, swirls, uneven fitments, along with indicators of work that is less than ideal.
Request about Guarantees and Warranties
Do ask if any type of warranties or guarantees are offered. Body shops will guarantee their work for 6 or at least a 3 month period. If the shop doesn’t offer guarantees, ask them why.
Look at what sorts of automobiles the body shop is working on
If you find lots of nice cars being fixed, this might be a sure sign that the body shops handles quality work. On the other hand, if the shop seems to be repairing a bunch of ‘beaters’, you may choose to look elsewhere.
Additionally, it’s important to determine if your type of vehicle is being worked on by the body shop. Ask the owner if he’s ever worked on your model. Often times a shop will specialize in certain makes and models of cars. You’ll not want to bring your car where it cannot be fixed.
Have a look around the entire body shop
When assessing a body shop, take a look around. The shop appears to be cluttered, and also if there is a large amount of dirt and dust present, you may want to look elsewhere. A little bit of ‘dirtiness’ is expected in this line of work, so use your better judgment when assessing 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 cash’ or have payment conditions that are unethical.