Choosing a reliable auto body shop can be difficult and knowing where to start can be much harder. It is not uncommon to have different estimates for your car repair when you compare auto body shops. Some estimates may be anywhere from a few hundreds of dollars to a few thousands of dollars depending on where you are inquiring about their service. But it is also true that you get what you pay for, and when is it ok to choose the cheaper shop when they are offering the same service.
1) Ask Your Friends: Many auto body shops will have various advertisements vying for your attention, but we recommend that you ask your friends, family or people that you may know who’ve had work done on their car. Recommendations from people you know who are happy with their service are the safest option.
2) Consider Hourly Rate: The price that is quoted will have much to do with what the shop or garage is charging per hour. The hourly rate of different shops will depend on how much their overhead costs and how many people work at the location. If the auto body shop that you go to is located in an expensive neighborhood where rent is relatively high, then most likely the cost of the service per hour will reflect that amount.
3) Get Estimates: Taking your car to several auto body shops to compare prices is the best way to avoid being overcharged. Although taking the lowest quote can also work against you, there will always be an auto body shop claiming that they can do the same work for less. Keep in mind that you are getting what you pay for.
4) Ask Questions: Asking the right questions, in the beginning, can save you both time and money. Some auto body shops provide a warranty on their work. Ask all of your questions ahead of time and know exactly what you are getting from out of your service. Also, ask what type of materials are being used on your car.
5) Trust Yourself: If you have a bad feeling about an auto body shop because they keep their shop dirty or if they seem like they are not conducting a lot of business, you may want to consider another shop or garage. Trust yourself to know what will work and what won’t work.
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