When something goes wrong with your car, it can be easy to panic. However, when you choose the right auto repair shop, you can relax. Here are some tips from us at Tipton Auto for choosing an auto repair shop that will take care of your car and you.
Avoid Just Saving Money
While saving money always sounds like a good idea, you don't want to head to a repair shop simply because they have low repair costs. Sometimes, it's an indicator that the service might not be top-notch. Another mistake can be trying to fix the problem yourself simply to save money. Always seek out professional technicians to fix a problem.
Know Your Insurance Policies
To find the right shop, you first have to learn about your insurance company's policies. Some insurance requires you to visit a claim center or send in a mobile claim photo prior to having your car repaired. Depending on the auto repair shop you choose or depending on your insurance company, sometimes you can leave the car at the shop and have an agent come look at it there.
Don't Be Afraid to Shop Around — But You Don't Have to
There is no law (or rule from your insurance company) that says you have to get more than one estimate on repair costs. At the same time, however, don't be afraid to get multiple estimates. Getting multiple opinions on how much repairs will cost, what those costs are due to, and how long the service will take, can give you a perspective on what you should be spending and which repair shop you should use.
Don't be afraid to ask questions when you visit an auto repair shop. Feel free to ask for a tour of the facilities to see in what conditions your car will be worked on. Ask if they use OEM (original equipment manufacturer) or after-market parts. Do they make-specific technicians who specialize in your car/brand? While it may seem annoying to ask questions, it will help you make a more informed decision.