Tips for Choosing the Right Auto body Shop

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?

 

33 thoughts on “Tips for Choosing the Right Auto body Shop

  1. Tobias Armstrong says:

    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.

  2. Jeff Curtis says:

    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!

  3. Pancho Cham says:

    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!

  4. Judy Wilson says:

    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.

  5. emily bennette says:

    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.

  6. Hazel Owens says:

    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!

  7. Charles Kemp says:

    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.

  8. David Hawkins says:

    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!

  9. Kevin Meyers says:

    Perfect. I need a lot of reminders about body repairs. I should always keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Kyle O'Ren says:

    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.

  11. Jeff Curtis says:

    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!

  12. Kody Loveless says:

    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.

  13. Kendall Ryder says:

    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.

  14. Lillian Schaeffer says:

    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!

  15. Justin Knox says:

    Thanks for the help. I am needing to find a new collision repair shop soon. I definitely like the idea of getting quotes, as you suggested. How many quotes would you try to compare before making the decision?

  16. Patricia Anderson says:

    This is a very helpful post. Thank you for sharing this. I particularly liked the important questions to ask. I will definitely be sure to use them!

  17. Kate Hansen says:

    I use my dad’s help a lot when fixing my car, but I like how you mention that no matter how much you think you know, you never know more than the mechanic. I think it’s important to at least learn a little bit about cars though so you know what it takes to fix your car. Getting quotes from multiple shops is probably helpful in narrowing down which shop you want to take your car into.

  18. Jackie Oliver says:

    I really like what you said about asking your friends and family about what mechanic they go to. That way, I can ask them how they were to work with, and what there rates were like. It would be nice to know a little bit about their reputation before taking my car there.

  19. Olivia Nelson says:

    I agree that you need to get several quotes before you choose an auto repair shop. I would imagine that getting a few quotes would be a good way to find the best service for you. I’m looking for an auto service so I’ll have to find someone who is the best of a few estimates to do the job.

  20. Jade Brunet says:

    It is good to learn that getting quotes from several different places can be beneficial when selecting an auto body shop. It would be great to take advantage of the competition and find a place that best fits your price range. It would be best to find a shop that will check brakes on each visit to prevent possible accidents. a

  21. Troy Blackburn says:

    I love what you said about how important it is to take advantage of competition and secure quotations from several shops. I’ve heard that some companies will offer a “price match” deal where they’ll match whatever lowest price you’ve been offered from another place. Talk about talking advantage of competition! I’ll have to keep these great tips in mind for the next time I need to choose an auto body shop.

  22. Raisa Delima says:

    I like your idea to get quotes from multiple auto body shops and finding out which do competitive pricing. I think another good idea besides that is to do consultations with at least 3 shops so that you know what to look for. Doing this will also help you understand more about typical policies and procedures the average company holds. We really should start looking for a good mechanic in our area, just in case something were to happen.

  23. Ridley Fitzgerald says:

    These are some great tips for finding a good auto body shop. I like how you said to get quotations from several shops, instead of going to the first one you find. I don’t know anything about cars, so finding a good shop is really important to me!

  24. Caden Dahl says:

    Thanks for bringing to my attention the value of getting quotes from several shops when getting auto body repairs done. I was recently rear-ended, and I want to have the headlights replaced and a dent fixed. I imagine that the best way to find a good deal is to compare, so I’ll make sure to get quotes from a few places before I choose one.

  25. Annika Larson says:

    My husband was recently in an accident, and he will be needing some repair done on his car. As you said, there are so many different shops to choose from that it can be hard to make the right decision. I think your idea to get quotes from several shops is a great way to make sure you are getting a fair price. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Max Jones says:

    I’m currently looking to find someone to do some auto body repair for me, and I want to make sure I pick the right place. I think that having a company with theft and fire insurance is just another way to protect your car. I’m going to have to talk to the companies I get estimates from about that! Thanks for the tips!

  27. Olivia Nelson says:

    I agree that getting quotes from different shops is important. It would make sense to get the best service for the best price and the only way to do this is to talk with a lot of shops. I need my transmission looked at so I’ll have to get a few quotes before I choose a mechanic to do the job.

  28. Precious Leyva says:

    Wow, I didn’t even think to ask about warranties from auto repair shops. Now that I think of it, having someone who can guarantee their work would put my mind at ease; especially since I know next to nothing about cars. The warranty can help me to understand that the work that has been done on my car is quality.

  29. Max Jones says:

    I’m really glad you talked about asking questions about care service warranties! Personally, I want to know that the work that I’m paying for is covered, and have the peace of mind that comes with that. I’m going to have to ask the few shops that I’m looking into about the warranties they offer for car services, and hopefully that can help me make my decision! Thanks for the article!

  30. gloria durst says:

    Getting several quotes from different mechanics seem like a good way to start your search. I’m looking for someone to service my engine and finding a few mechanics sounds like a smart way to know who is best. This would probably also tell you about their levels of experience which could help you find the most experienced mechanic for the job.

  31. gloria durst says:

    Asking your friends and family for a recommendation for an auto body shop seems smart. It would seem that you would want to find out what people in your own area think about local shops. My sister is looking for someone to fix a dent in her car so she’ll have to start by asking for recommendations.

  32. Rachel Lannister says:

    My car was damaged in a hail storm the other day, and I would love to get the dents taken out. In the article you mentioned that you should ask friends and family, and also look for reviews of an auto service that has employees that simply love what they do. I love my car, so having people work on my car who have an equal passion for repair would make me feel a lot more comfortable about letting them handle my car.

  33. gloria durst says:

    I agree that you want to get a few quotes when you are choosing an auto body shop. It would make sense to find someone who is better than other shops around. My sister is looking for someone to fix a dent in her car, so she’ll have to find a few different shops to get quotes from.

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