Car Repair: Find The Best Shop
When you know you are in need of car repair, finding a qualified car repair
shop can be a challenge. Only when you are in dire need, can the stress
Knowing where to turn in advance of desperate need can save you in the long run.
If it’s a tune-up or something serious keeping your car parked in your driveway or worse yet, on the side of the road, making the decision ahead of time is key.
Think ahead and make a plan. Find a trustworthy in advance. First thing’s first. Find out if the mechanic business or a specific location of a chain is qualified.
Once you have made a decision about a couple locations, give them each a drive by for observation. If the business seems to be in good shape, clean, orderly, you are a step in the right direction.
Ask people you know if they’ve been satisfied customers of the shop. See if the shop has any designations on the wall.
Never hesitate to ask about the business’ qualifications. Find out what sets them apart from the crowd. Every shop worker will know what makes them the best, and they’ll likely be glad to share the information with you.
One other thing to think about is the tools and technology that the shop utilizes. Do they have lab scopes? Do they have diagnostic software to quickly see what’s wrong? Are their computer scanners hand held?
Are their volt-ohm meters digital? Is the shop online? Make sure the shop
has the most up to date technology available to them.
Otherwise, figuring out the issue with your car could be more time consuming than necessary, in turn costing you more in the long run.
Cost is always a factor. Don’t falter and look only for the cheapest shop. Quality is important as well. A repair shop that is certified may be more expensive than one that is not, but in the long run, you will be better off.
Locating the exact problem, fixing it in a short amount of time, and providing excellent service may not come from the place with the lowest rate.
Remember, too, that the size of the shop doesn’t mean the services are limited. Businesses that are surviving today know the quality outlasts size, and that money is best spent on the latest equipment and superior training.
For almost all of us, our cars are necessary in our daily lives. We commute to work, take our children to school, or deliver goods that keep our businesses afloat.
We must keep our cars in working order, and ourselves free from the stress of a surprise search for a car repair shop when the motor stops running.
Choose a shop that makes you feel that you are receiving the best service available. It will give you peace of mind in the long run.
Or your Before Car Repair ?
Before you consider where to take your vehicle for maintenance and repair, you need to understand the difference between the two.
Routine maintenance items are those listed in your vehicle’s owner’s manual as part of the model’s service schedule. They are intended to keep your vehicle in top operating condition.
Repairs are service that needs to be performed to fix a problem. Where you take your vehicle may depend on what needs to be done.
Scheduled maintenance can be performed at any dealership; you don’t have to go to the one where you bought the vehicle.
Likewise, you can take your vehicle to an independent auto-repair shop or franchise, which are typically less expensive than dealerships.
Federal law gives you the right to service your vehicle wherever you like without affecting your warranty coverage. (Depending on the contract, lessees may be required to have all service performed at a dealership.)
Mechanics in your dealership’s service department are specifically trained and certified in all aspects of your model’s service needs, and the shop will be equipped with all of the necessary diagnostic equipment.
Because maintenance items are fairly basic, however, any professional auto shop should be able to perform the necessary tasks.
Wherever you go for service, make sure they have access to the manufacturer’s latest technical service bulletins (TSBs), which are basically instructions on how to fix common problems with a particular model.
Often, an automaker will do TSB repairs for free, but you’ll have to go to a dealership to get the work done.