How to Find the Right Auto Repair Shop
Everyone has to replace their tires, have their oil changed, and deal with auto repairs at some point in time. Visiting a mechanic as soon as possible will help reduce the costs and the severity of the problem. But, are you getting a good deal on auto repairs? We’ve provided some guidance to help you find the right auto repair shop for your vehicle.
ASE certification is more important than you may think. The telltale blue seal signifies that you have found a certified automotive repair shop where 75% of the employees are ASE certified. This is one quick way to ensure you have found a reputable business that is committed to training, education, and getting the job done right. Your local shop may also be a member of associations like AAA, which can provide you with more incentives and discounts.
Qualifications and Experience
When your car won’t start or the check engine light illuminates again, it could mean a lot of things. Choose an experienced auto repair shop that is qualified to provide everything from small maintenance services to large repairs and collision services. This will ensure they can always meet your needs, regardless of how bad the problem may be. They should also have experience with your specific type, make, and model of car.
Referrals and Recommendations
Ask for referrals. Your friends, family, and neighbors can recommend a shop that they’ve worked with to get you started on your search. You may also want to call your local dealership to find out if there is a service center they recommend.
Ask for Estimates
Most auto shops will provide free estimates. Get several estimates, but don’t let price be the sole determining factor. Oftentimes, a shop will match other estimates, so use the quotes more for gauging who is overcharging.
No matter how hard you search for the perfect mechanic, it won’t amount to much if you aren’t upfront with them. They need to know what is wrong with the vehicle, how long the problem has been going on, the vehicle history, any unusual smells and noises you’ve noticed, and anything else you feel may be important. Ask questions so that you understand what is going on, what caused the problem, and how you can prevent the problem going forward. Also inquire about whether the shop provides a written warranty and what that warranty would cover.
If possible, find a mechanic and visit them for a small service (like an oil change or tire rotation) as soon as you can. That way, you will know how they work and if you can trust them. It will also allow you time to be picky and compare more shops near you.
Is It Beyond Repair?
You shouldn’t have to continue paying for repeated repairs on the same vehicle. We can take the unwanted vehicle off of your hands and pay you top dollar on the spot for it. When all else fails, contact Messy Motors at 888-309-1049.