Tips for Choosing the Right Auto body Shop
It is not uncommon for auto body shops to quote you different prices for the same service. What is the difference between these auto body shops? Are the more expensive shops ripping me off or are they offering a better service but for a premium price? Should I worry about really low quotations? Is it safe to assume that if a shop is cheap that the level of expertise will be low?
There are so many auto body shops out there that it seems difficult to choose. Given how important our vehicles are in our daily lives, however, and how expensive they are to maintain, it’s important for consumers to know if they’re really getting their money’s worth.
Ask for Recommendations from family and friends.
Anybody can advertise. It doesn’t take much to come up with a catch phrase and a jingle and have it aired on the radio. A shop that has provided satisfactory service to family and friends regardless if they are a huge outfit or not is an auto body shop you can trust. For example there was a guy who owned an Auto Body Shop, Henderson NV area, who was so proud of his work and the job he did that despite owning the place he would still get in there and fix cars with his mechanics. He just loves what he does.
Get Quotations from Several Shops
If you still haven’t decided where to get auto body repair Las Vegas NV has a lot of auto body shops. Take advantage of competition and secure quotations from several shops. This way you know you’re getting the best possible prices in your area. If you’re looking into Auto Body Paint Henderson NV has a lot of well reputed auto body paint places.
While you’re going around getting your quotations watch out for huge places in fancy neighborhoods with lots of front office staff. These businesses will most likely have a larger overhead expense than most other mom and pop’s repair shops making them more expensive but not necessarily better at what they do.
Important Questions to Ask
Unless you’re also a mechanic yourself, chances are you don’t know more about your car than the guys at the repair shop do. So ask smart questions. Below are some questions you can ask:
- Does the repair shop provide warranty for their services? For how long?
- Does your shop carry theft and fire insurance?
- Do you use new parts or aftermarket parts?
- How many coats do you put on for a paint job?
14 thoughts on “Tips for Choosing the Right Auto body Shop”
I love the reminder that I probably know less about my car than the guys who are working at the auto body shop. Sometimes this is something that’s easy to forget. I had to deal with a shop after a collision a couple of years ago and I was worried about literally everything, but eventually learned that they knew what they were doing, and that put me at rest a bit. Thanks for the reminder anyways – it’s something I’ll probably need a lot of reminders about for a while.
I think that finding a good auto body shop can be really difficult. There are a lot of things that they can do that can be pretty shady. I like what you mentioned about getting several quotations from different shops. I think that way they will have to stay somewhat honest in their prices or they will lose customers. I also like what you mentioned about asking for referrals. I will have to do these things and hopefully find a good shop. Thanks for the help!
When I chose my body shop to paint my new car, I went deep with my research. I wanted my paint job to be done great and affordable. You need to look out for people who will rip you off. Find someone who will do a good job for a good price. Thanks for the great tips and advice!
Thanks for this helpful advice for choosing an auto body shop. I feel that asking the right questions can help me know if repair shop is the right one. Asking if they offer warranties for their services seems like a good question to get an answer to. It seems that having a warranty would be a good way to know if they offer quality repairs. I should ask that to find a good shop to take my car to.
These are some good things to be aware of when looking for a collision repair. I like that you talked about asking what the cost would be to repaint the car. That way not only will it get fixed, it will also look great afterward as well.
I like your advice to get quotations from several different auto body shops before choosing one. I know someone who went to the first body shop they found and ended up paying way too much for a repair. However, comparing prices and asking different shops for deals can help you get a high-quality repair for a low price. Thanks for the article!
I like that you mention asking for recommendations from family because they really are nice to get referrals from. They would also know where the best service is and they are trustworthy. I think that is how a family can help.
Knowing what kind of parts an auto body shop uses is a really good idea. I know that I’m very particular with my vehicle and I would want only first party parts where it were possible on the repair. I’ll have to talk to a mechanic and see what they feel my best options are before I bring my car in. Thanks for the awesome tips!
Perfect. I need a lot of reminders about body repairs. I should always keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing.
You make a great point that anyone can advertise, but your friends and family can give you a recommendation you can trust. I’ve never had a bad experience with a body shop, but I’ve also only gone off of my family’s recommendations. If you’re worried about who fixes your car, be sure to ask around and find the right place to take care of you.
Thanks for this helpful post on choosing the right auto body shop. I just recently moved to a new area, and I have to find a new auto body shop. I like what you said about asking for recommendations from family and friends. I actually need to ask around at work to see if anyone recommends a good auto body shop. I will be sure to do that next, thanks for the help!
Thanks for the advice. My son hit a retaining wall in my car, and it will need some work. I will have to ask around to a few family and friends and see if they have any shops they trust. I also like that you said to ask if the shop guarantees their work. I will have to remember that question.
I always think asking for recommendations is a good idea. Since you know and trust (hopefully) your friends and family, you can trust their opinions and their experience. That way you at least have a place to start when doing your research on different auto body shops.
These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to get quotes from several different shops before choosing one for collision repair. My husband was in a minor accident recently, and there are a few dents on our car we’d like to fix. We’ll definitely check with several different places to make sure we’re getting the best deal possible. Thanks for the great post!