Maybe you've recently been in an accident, or maybe you've been wanting to do a bit of work on your old car. Maybe your car is simply in need of regular maintenance, such as an oil change or tire rotation. In all of these cases, you'll need to find a reputable auto repair shop that can do the necessary work cheaply, efficiently and reliably. These qualities may be harder to come by than you might think, so take a look below at four things you'll want to look out for when searching for a great auto repair shop.
One of the quickest ways you can locate a reputable repair shop is by looking for certifications from various organizations. One of the largest of these is the American Automobile Association (AAA), which hands out certificates to shops that are deemed reliable. While this isn't an absolute guarantee that a shop will be perfect, it's definitely a good start.
Guarantees and Warranties
Another way that you can ensure a shop is confident in their quality of work is by asking if they offer written guarantees. The best shops won't hesitate to guarantee their work for several months (if not a year) or several thousand miles. Shops that aren't willing to provide a guarantee may still do good work, but it's usually not worth the risk, especially if the work being done is extensive.
A shop that cares about its customers will go out of its way to hire mechanics who are not only knowledgeable, but who are also personable and communicate effectively with their clients. So stop by a local shop and speak with mechanics about the work you're looking to get done; if they can give an immediate and honest written run down of how they would go about fixing the problem, then it's likely they can be trusted to perform the work as promised. Mechanics who give vague answers or who flirt around the issue of cost aren't worth dealing with.
Returning Old Parts
One thing many people don't think to do after having new parts installed in their vehicle is to ask for the old parts back. This serves two important functions: It allows the customer to verify that the new parts were installed, and it gives them the ability to refurbish and sell the parts. Best of all, this return policy is mandated by law in most states.
Contact a repair shop like H & S Tire & Auto Center to learn more about services you can have done to keep your car running.
As the son and grandson of mechanics, I spent much of my child hood under the hood of many cars. I have listened and learned about so many different problems and how to repair them effectively. I created this blog to cover as many car problems as possible without overwhelming readers. You will find tips for troubleshooting, advice for when to take it to a professional and suggestions for when to stop driving the car or truck immediately to prevent further and more costly damage. We hope that you find all of this information helpful and useful, allowing you to have a great running car.