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Page 22, The Saline Courier 2020 How-To-Choose Guide Sunday, August 9, 2020 How to Choose... the perfect auto body shop A T. formance and reliability. If you travel often, consider a shop that offers a national warranty. For instance, a warranty of 12,000 miles or 12 months is handy for issues that keep R cropping up, particularly in older cars. Ask about the shop's range of ser- vices. They will need the latest technol- ogy to diagnose problems with newer cars. For example, can your prospective shop handle brake systems, electrical components and warranty repairs? Does the shop provide a loaner, rental car or shuttle service while your car is being repaired? Look around the shop. Is the equip- ment in good condition? Is it clean, well-lit and organized? These factors all contribute to a level of professionalism. Look for brand names and proper certification. Does the auto repair shop use brand-name parts? These parts are engineered to meet the manufacturer's specifications and will likely come with a warranty. Shops may use remade or ge- neric brands which your insurance policy may not cover, so be sure to check. Are the auto technicians certified by a specific car manufacturer, the National Institute for Automotive Services or Automotive Science Excellence? Is the shop approved by the American Auto- mobile Association? If so, this indicates a customer approval rating of 90 percent or higher and the ability to adequately ccording to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, your chances of needing the services of an auto body shop or collision-repair expert are often TOFF higher than many think. From dents and scrapes to fender- benders and more intense damage re- sulting from an accident, repairing your vehicle requires the services of expert professionals from an experienced, repu- table auto body shop. Choosing the right body shop depends on many factors, such as the extent of damage, whether the costs are born by yourself or insurance, the experience of the shop with your make and model of vehicle and the shop's history and repu- sprayed-on bedliners buartlux Ask to set up an appointment for a free find the right shop that knows how to inspection. Then further investigate the business. Look around their lobby. Is it clean? Do they have their license and any awards or certificates posted? Do they care enough about their customers to of- fer reading material, coffee or water? Consider prices. Are they comparable to other body shops? While you want to find that deal, remember, cheaper is not always better. Understand that you will often get what you pay for when it comes auto repair shop early on in your vehi- to auto body work. Low prices may be tempting, but they typically mean sub-par work, used parts and paint that is incorrectly applied. Feel free to ask the manager or owner for references before they work on your repair your vehicle so it looks the same as before, or even better. Owning a vehicle comes with the responsibility to keep it in good running shape. Regular maintenance and inspec- tions are the key to keep your car look- ing and running well- and avoiding the expense of costly repairs. Developing a relationship with an knowledgable, experienced mechanic or tation, among others. Paramount to your search is finding an auto body shop that's honest, trust- worthy and dependable. That choice will ensure that your vehicle is repaired quickly, affordably and correctly. The shop you choose should be able to complete all manner of work, from a minor touch-up to a full-body repair. Your friends, family and colleagues might have recommendations. After all, auto body shops are an unfortunate, but necessary, part of life for most people. Have a list of companies, research each shop on the Internet and read cus- cle's life can prove invaluable. Talented, honest mechanics can extend the life of your car and help you avoid costly repairs. And if the unexpected occurs - an accident or a major malfunction - that relationship can be the difference between hundreds and thousands of dollars. Even if your car is new, at some point it perform the services advertised. will need tires, oil changes or even a new engine. If you have a relationship with a good auto repair shop, you won't sweat it age price ranges. when these things come up. If you haven't had a regular mechanic is recent years, now is the time to find tomer reviews. car. Testimonials, negative and positive, should be considered. But keep in mind that no business has a 100 percent satisfaction rate. Someone will always be displeased. Also, more people are likely to leave a negative rather than a positive You can also check their previous work. When you see a car with paint drips, panels that are misaligned or paints that don't match, look elsewhere. You will not save money if you need to have the improper work redone. The shop should inspect your vehicle A good source for finding an auto body for repairs that are not readily visible. Often, there are hidden damages that cannot be detected until repair work Compare the services and fees of each shop in the area to find out the aver- Don't pick a shop based on cost; poor repair work will mean higher costs in the long run. You'll also want to ask about the shop's warranty policy. Imagine spending hundreds on a repair only to learn the work isn't guaranteed. Once you have found a shop you trust, establish a good working relationship and try to use the shop for all of your au- tomotive needs. Your mechanic will come to know you as a dependable customer and always be sure to provide you the highest level of service. comment. shop is your local newspaper. Local busi- nesses advertise and many times you can find special deals to help save you money, Once you have created a list of shops, one. Here are a few points to consider: Less than 40 percent of new cus- tomers in auto shops are walk-ins. That means word of mouth is still king in the industry. Find a shop that gets rave re- views from family and friends, and you'll be in good hands. The Better Business Bureau can inform you about the repair shop's per- begins on the vehicle. Finding an auto body shop may not be the most pleasant business because contact them on the phone and ask perti- it usually means your vehicle has suf- nent questions. How long have they been fered some kind of damage. But finding the right shop will make the experience much more pleasant and you will be happy with the repairs. Especially if you in business? What are their specialties? How soon can you bring your vehicle in for an inspection? Page 22, The Saline Courier 2020 How-To-Choose Guide Sunday, August 9, 2020 How to Choose... the perfect auto body shop A T. formance and reliability. If you travel often, consider a shop that offers a national warranty. For instance, a warranty of 12,000 miles or 12 months is handy for issues that keep R cropping up, particularly in older cars. Ask about the shop's range of ser- vices. They will need the latest technol- ogy to diagnose problems with newer cars. For example, can your prospective shop handle brake systems, electrical components and warranty repairs? Does the shop provide a loaner, rental car or shuttle service while your car is being repaired? Look around the shop. Is the equip- ment in good condition? Is it clean, well-lit and organized? These factors all contribute to a level of professionalism. Look for brand names and proper certification. Does the auto repair shop use brand-name parts? These parts are engineered to meet the manufacturer's specifications and will likely come with a warranty. Shops may use remade or ge- neric brands which your insurance policy may not cover, so be sure to check. Are the auto technicians certified by a specific car manufacturer, the National Institute for Automotive Services or Automotive Science Excellence? Is the shop approved by the American Auto- mobile Association? If so, this indicates a customer approval rating of 90 percent or higher and the ability to adequately ccording to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, your chances of needing the services of an auto body shop or collision-repair expert are often TOFF higher than many think. From dents and scrapes to fender- benders and more intense damage re- sulting from an accident, repairing your vehicle requires the services of expert professionals from an experienced, repu- table auto body shop. Choosing the right body shop depends on many factors, such as the extent of damage, whether the costs are born by yourself or insurance, the experience of the shop with your make and model of vehicle and the shop's history and repu- sprayed-on bedliners buartlux Ask to set up an appointment for a free find the right shop that knows how to inspection. Then further investigate the business. Look around their lobby. Is it clean? Do they have their license and any awards or certificates posted? Do they care enough about their customers to of- fer reading material, coffee or water? Consider prices. Are they comparable to other body shops? While you want to find that deal, remember, cheaper is not always better. Understand that you will often get what you pay for when it comes auto repair shop early on in your vehi- to auto body work. Low prices may be tempting, but they typically mean sub-par work, used parts and paint that is incorrectly applied. Feel free to ask the manager or owner for references before they work on your repair your vehicle so it looks the same as before, or even better. Owning a vehicle comes with the responsibility to keep it in good running shape. Regular maintenance and inspec- tions are the key to keep your car look- ing and running well- and avoiding the expense of costly repairs. Developing a relationship with an knowledgable, experienced mechanic or tation, among others. Paramount to your search is finding an auto body shop that's honest, trust- worthy and dependable. That choice will ensure that your vehicle is repaired quickly, affordably and correctly. The shop you choose should be able to complete all manner of work, from a minor touch-up to a full-body repair. Your friends, family and colleagues might have recommendations. After all, auto body shops are an unfortunate, but necessary, part of life for most people. Have a list of companies, research each shop on the Internet and read cus- cle's life can prove invaluable. Talented, honest mechanics can extend the life of your car and help you avoid costly repairs. And if the unexpected occurs - an accident or a major malfunction - that relationship can be the difference between hundreds and thousands of dollars. Even if your car is new, at some point it perform the services advertised. will need tires, oil changes or even a new engine. If you have a relationship with a good auto repair shop, you won't sweat it age price ranges. when these things come up. If you haven't had a regular mechanic is recent years, now is the time to find tomer reviews. car. Testimonials, negative and positive, should be considered. But keep in mind that no business has a 100 percent satisfaction rate. Someone will always be displeased. Also, more people are likely to leave a negative rather than a positive You can also check their previous work. When you see a car with paint drips, panels that are misaligned or paints that don't match, look elsewhere. You will not save money if you need to have the improper work redone. The shop should inspect your vehicle A good source for finding an auto body for repairs that are not readily visible. Often, there are hidden damages that cannot be detected until repair work Compare the services and fees of each shop in the area to find out the aver- Don't pick a shop based on cost; poor repair work will mean higher costs in the long run. You'll also want to ask about the shop's warranty policy. Imagine spending hundreds on a repair only to learn the work isn't guaranteed. Once you have found a shop you trust, establish a good working relationship and try to use the shop for all of your au- tomotive needs. Your mechanic will come to know you as a dependable customer and always be sure to provide you the highest level of service. comment. shop is your local newspaper. Local busi- nesses advertise and many times you can find special deals to help save you money, Once you have created a list of shops, one. Here are a few points to consider: Less than 40 percent of new cus- tomers in auto shops are walk-ins. That means word of mouth is still king in the industry. Find a shop that gets rave re- views from family and friends, and you'll be in good hands. The Better Business Bureau can inform you about the repair shop's per- begins on the vehicle. Finding an auto body shop may not be the most pleasant business because contact them on the phone and ask perti- it usually means your vehicle has suf- nent questions. How long have they been fered some kind of damage. But finding the right shop will make the experience much more pleasant and you will be happy with the repairs. Especially if you in business? What are their specialties? How soon can you bring your vehicle in for an inspection?