I still remember the day that I bought my first car. I thought it was the most perfect vehicle in the world, and I vowed to care for it diligently. Unfortunately, within a few days I had forgotten about my promise, and I started tossing fast food wrappers in the back like everyone else. After awhile I realized that neglecting my car was turning the inside into a garbage pit, and I decided to learn how to take better care of my vehicle. I took a class on auto detailing, and it really helped me to turn things around. I want to teach you what I learned, so you should read this blog.
Whether you've been in a minor fender bender or had a major accident with your car, truck or RV, your first priority after calling your insurance company is to find a collision repair shop to fix the damage. Although you can read online reviews and get recommendations from friends and co-workers, there's no alternative to calling or visiting a number of shops and deciding yourself which is the best to choose. When speaking with repair shop representatives, such as those at a place like Unlimited Collision, you'll undoubtedly have a number of questions about how long the work will take and how much it will cost, especially if you aren't going through your insurance company. Beyond the standard questions, however, always ask these important questions.
Do You Have a Warranty On Your Work?
As is the case with virtually every major purchase, it's important to ask about the availability of a warranty on the repair shop's work -- regardless of whether you're going through insurance. Learning about the warranty, and specifically what it covers, protects you in the future and can give you an indicator as to whether you want to give a specific shop your business or keep searching. Ask to see complete documentation about the shop's warranty policy and get, in writing, any additional information that specifically relates to your situation.
Will You Be Using New Or Used Parts?
New parts are ideal for many automotive repair jobs but can also carry a significant price tag, which can be challenging if you're paying for the work yourself. Many shops give you the option of asking for used parts for at least some of the work, which can lower your bill and still allow the mechanics to complete the job satisfactorily. Speak to someone about the benefits and drawbacks of using new and used parts for your specific repair work and ask for a rundown on how used parts can save you money without compromising the quality of the work.
Does Your Shop Use Computerized Diagnostics?
A shop that makes use of modern-day technology should stand above one that isn't up on the latest trends in automotive repair. Many shops use computers to diagnose the nature of your vehicle's problems in a quick, efficient manner that can translate into significant cost savings. You don't need a comprehensive understanding of how these systems work. Simply ask someone to give you a brief rundown on the approach and see if the information instills confidence in the shop.Share
29 May 2015