Although in an ideal world there would be no such thing as a damaged vehicle, in the real world we encounter car trouble all too often. Sometimes it is through no fault of our own, and other times it is maddeningly avoidable. Either way, it is our responsibility as drivers to fix our vehicles as quickly as possible. Daily life can become quite difficult without a car or truck to get around in. If you’ve recently been in a collision, or need to get your vehicle repaired, chances are you’re in the market for an auto body shop.
Locating a great auto body shop
Locating a good auto body shop can be challenging. For one thing, it’s not always easy to tell a shop that has been doing great work from a shop that has been performing sub-par work. On the outside, these two businesses will look pretty much the same. It’s up to you to do the necessary research and find a company that you can trust to do a good job.
In this situation it is sometimes helpful to put together a list of criteria that are important to you. By making sure that the company you choose exemplifies a handful of core characteristics, you’ll be go a long way toward ensuring you work with a reputable business. The following are a few qualities you may try to look for in your next auto body shop.
Friendly & Trained Staff
A trained staff is a good starting place. It might seem like every auto body shop has a “trained” staff, but this isn’t entirely true. A staff that has received its credentials through a vetted third-party organization is a little more rare. The large organizations that govern the auto industry are quite strict about who they will allow accreditation. A properly credentialed staff is a major asset to a local auto body shop.
The same thing goes for up-to-date equipment. It may seem like every shop in the city is going to be operating with essentially the same tools but this just isn’t the case. Some auto body shops are better equipped than others, not only to do more jobs, but to do larger jobs, such as repairing the frame of your vehicle, or more precise jobs, such as recalibrating the electronic components of your car.
It’s also a bonus if the shop that you work with will offer you a courtesy car while they are repairing your vehicle. While you may not want to make this your make-or-break criteria, it is still a huge advantage. This way no matter how long the repairs take, you are not totally debilitated by your lack of a vehicle. You can still get from point A to point B and carry along with your busy schedule.