to Find a Quality Repair Shop?
There are many good quality repair shops. To find one, a customer needs
to make some efforts. How much effort a customer can make depends upon
many factors, such as how much time he wants to spend, where he is, how
much money he wants to spend, how old he is and even if the customer is
a man or woman and his or her experience and knowledge about auto repairs.
The following is a general recommendation. A customer should use them
wisely depending upon his own needs and situations.
Homework: First and foremost, doing some homework for an auto care
facility before you need repairs. Having to find a shop when your car
is on the back of a flatbed is not a good time to find a quality shop.
The more time you have the more likely you are to make sound decisions.
Rushing your choice invites mistakes and may lead you to the nearest or
cheapest shop rather than the one best suited to perform repairs on your
auto. Here are some things you can do if possible:
research: If you have internet access and spare time to spend, you
can surf the internet. There is plenty of information on the internet
to assist you. Here are some websites which I find helpful.
where a customer can find AAA-Approved Auto Repair Shops closed to you.
www.asecert.org where a customer can find certified technicians.
www.familycar.com maintains a database listing good shops people recommend.
References: Talk with people you know and ask them to recommend a
shop. Ask them whether they are satisfied with the work they had done
and whether they feel they got value for their money. Check with agencies
such as the Better Business Bureau, your state or local Consumer Affairs
Department or Motor Vehicle Department to make sure the shop you select
has no significant outstanding complaints against them.
Personal experience: Seeing is believing. After doing all the homework,
you need to experience it by yourself. When you do it, you should bear
the following in mind:
First go and see shops in your neighborhood. Local shops most often want
to keep a good relationship with their neighboring customers.
Credentials: If your state requires shops to be licensed, make sure that
the license is in effect. Also look for a shop whose technicians are ASE
Good shops have reasonable prices as they do not worry about if they will
have customers. Keep in mind that this is only a guide and cheap ones
do not necessarily the better ones. Sometimes money makes mare go. Remember
this old saying; "Quality is not expensive, it's priceless."
So don't shop for price alone.
A professional look of the shop shows it means business. A quality shop
should have the needed diagnosing and repairing equipment. Note other
signs of a professional establishment. For example, AAA approved repair
status, civic or community awards, Better Business Bureau membership,
technical or repair certifications.
Relations: A quality shop should keep a good relationship with their
customers. The customer should be treated with respect and listened to.
Service managers and writers are friendly, attentive and communicative.
Technicians are curious, concerned and committed.
above are a general guide. To determine if a shop a quality one, you sometimes
need to apply to some common sense. For example, better technicians work
at better shops, ASE certified technicians keep up with in service technology,
many repair cars in the shop show its business is busy and used by many
customers. Finally, If you do a lot of traveling, look for a shop that
is covered by a national warranty program. Such warranties cover both
parts and labor for 12 months or 12,000 miles.
This is a decision everyone must make and there is no absolute formula.
Most people rely on a combination of location, price, and comfort/trust
in the shop. You must decide to what degree each of these factors in to
your decision. Consider the above tips, take your time, and make a good
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Automobile Technology Class Student
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