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Tips for Choosing a Reputable Auto Repair Shop

August 23, 2009 | By Jay Forke

When your car breaks down or needs any form of automotive repair, you may need to take it to an auto repair shop to have it worked on. Unfortunately, some car mechanics might pick up on inexperienced customers and try to take advantage of them. If you aren’t familiar enough with how to repair your automobile yourself, it is important that you know how to recognize a fair auto shop and an honest mechanic. With the tips offered here, your auto repair experience should be made a lot simpler, and leave you feeling a lot more satisfied with the final repair bill.

How To Start – Ask Around:

The most important thing is looking for the right shop to take the car to. A good place to start is asking reliable family members and friends where they take their cars. A great place to start question wise is by asking if they have been satisfied with the work, if they’ve had any complications at all with anyone at the shop, how long their service takes, how friendly the staff is, etc. It is a great sign if more than one person you talk to uses the same repair shop and has great reviews. Another wonderful place to look for testimonials is Yelp. Here, you can find other members of your community and actual customers offering honest opinions of auto repair shops in your area.

Have One In Mind? Time to Check It Out:

Once you’ve narrowed down your search and have a number one car repair shop on your list, it is time to take the car in and check out the shop. Once you arrive, glance around and make sure things are neat, clean and organized. Talk to them about your situation, what you need done, and what services they offer. If you know one thing is wrong with your car and the mechanic tries to tell you other things need to be fixed too, require a complete and detailed explanation of why. Ask to go and see what is wrong. Some mechanics may be trying to sell you on things that don’t necessarily need to be done. However, if you find that the mechanic is honest about those new problems needing to be fixed, take note of his/her honesty. He/she could have just saved you a lot of money in the long run.

Get An Estimate Yet? Check Around First:

Reputable automotive repair shops will require your permission before doing any work on the car. Once you get the estimate for the repairs, don’t hesitate to call around to other shops and see what their cost would be. Now that you know exactly what is wrong with the car, it will be easy to get an estimate over the phone. Take this gathered information and see how fair your mechanic is price wise. Another good tip is asking about what parts will be used on your car for the repairs. Is it some off-brand or a reputable, fine piece of material? It is important to take all of this into consideration.

With these few, simple steps, you may be able to save a lot of time, headaches and money when getting your automobile repaired. With a relatively small amount of research, it is quite easy to avoid the hassle of dealing with shady mechanics and auto repair shops. Hopefully when you put these tips into effect and you do decide on a shop to use, the repairs and service go smoothly leaving you with a reputable shop you can trust.