How to Choose the Right Auto Body Repair Shop

Are you thinking of repairing your car but don’t know how to choose the right auto body repair shop?Then here are some tips and guidelines on choosing the right body shop.

How to Choose the Right Auto Body Repair Shop

You don’t want to fool around when choosing a mechanic for your car.  Keep an ear open for recommendations and warnings when your friends and family have car troubles.  If you know beforehand of a body shop you feel comfortable with, you won’t need to make a rushed or incomplete decision when you need one.

1. Check with your local Business Bureau for recommendations

Check with your local Better Business Bureau regarding the reputation of a particular body shop. Ask about the number of complaints, if there were any, and how the complaints were resolved.  Don’t be too anxious if there were some complaints.  No one pleases everybody, and there are some people you can’t satisfy no matter what.  But if you see a pattern of the same kinds of problems, beware.

2. Ask friends and associates for their recommendations.

Ask friends and associates for their recommendations. I stay in touch with homeschooling families.  They’re often part of a larger group that can share recommendations for mechanics they’ve felt were honest and reputable.

How to Choose the Right Auto Body Repair Shop

3. pay a visit to the body shop

Next, pay a visit to the shop and ask if they handle your vehicle make and model. Check to see how long they’ve been in business.  What kind of feel do you get about the place?  Are you treated with courtesy?  Does the staff behave professionally?

You don’t need to “white glove test” the place, but it should be neat, and organized and modern equipment is an absolute must.

Sometimes, vehicle manufacturers recommend specific repair procedures and tools for the repair of their vehicles. Ask if the shop is trained in these procedures and has the necessary equipment.

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4. Look around the place.

Look around the place.  What kinds of vehicles seem to be in the repair stage?  Does everything look like it’s being handled professionally?   Don’t be shy about talking to folks in the waiting room to see they’ve tried the shop before and how pleased they are with the service they’ve received in the past.

5. Are there any civic and community service awards?

Are there any civic and community service awards hanging on the walls?  It’s a nice touch. Do you see diplomas or certificates of competence?  You want a technically competent staff.

My number one suggestion is to ask around and see where others have had satisfactory car repair work done.  Even if you’re feeling stressed and in a hurry, ask at least 15 people.  That way, you’re likely to get the same place mentioned more than once.  A little time spent on the basics can save you a load of trouble in the long run.  And once you find mechanic you trust, your car’s future looks a lot brighter.

With these tips,I hope you will find the right body shop for your car.

19 comments

  • It makes sense that you say when looking for an auto body shop you should visit the potential shops and see how the staff treats you. This would give me an idea of their professionalism and quality of their customer service. Also, it would give me a chance to look at how new and well-kept their equipment is that they use for repairs. I need to get my brakes fixed in the next few weeks and I will make sure to tour different shops before I choose one to handle the repair for my car!

  • I love how you mentioned checking an auto body repair shop’s ratings on the BBB, as it will help you know what quality of service they provide. One of my friends isn’t very experienced at driving in the snow, so he may need to see a repair shop if he slides on the ice. Thanks for all the great tips on how to choose a great repair shop!

  • I liked what you said about asking people who are in the shop if they like the service that they’ve received in the past. I never would have thought to go visit and do something like that, but it makes sense that you would get some pretty reliable information. It’s definitely something I’d love to try out when we start looking for an auto body shop.

  • Thank you for suggesting that you should make sure and visit the shop and take a look around. My car has been making some odd noises and I want to get it looked at. I’ll have to do some research and find the best auto shop in my area.

  • My husband has been hearing odd noises from his car and is wanting to take it into a shop. Since we just moved to the area and don’t know our way around I need to find the best auto shop. Thank you for suggesting that I should make sure and look at what types of cars are in the shop. I’ll have to keep this in mind as I search for the best shop in our area.

  • I love your advice about looking around the place in order to get a feel for the company’s efficiency. When it comes to collision repair, it’s a great move to work with a business that has a good reputation. My wife and I are on the road quite often, so we’ll be sure to take our car in if we ever get into an accident.

  • I liked your suggestion to pay a visit to the shop and see how they operate. My husband and I are new to the area and are looking for a few shops that we can call on when we run into something. We’ll be sure to try this out when we start looking for an auto body shop so that we can find the best place to get our car taken care of.

  • I agree that you should check with the BBB to find an auto body shop you can trust. You want to see what complaints have been filed against the shop, like you said. That can probably be the most reliable way to find out information about the shop.

  • Finding the right auto body repair shop is an intimidating task. I think nobody wants to fool around when choosing a technician for their road companion. As estimates vary widely, thus, you have to give attention to the word of mouth. You must consider the location and the overhead. Going in smart and asking key questions can make you profitable. Sometimes, it is good to believe your extrasensory perception in order to take a wise and risk-free move. Thanks for this enlightenment 🙂

  • I really like that you suggest visiting the shop to make sure they can handle your car. My sister was just in a small accident and we are needing to get her car fixed. I’ll have to do some research and find the best auto shop in our area.

  • I like your suggestion to actually pay a visit to the body shop. My husband and I were in a minor car crash recently. Your tips will be helpful as we find a body shop for the repairs.

  • I like how you mentioned that one of the tips to keep in mind when searching for a credible car repair shop is to actually pay a visit to the shop itself to see the crew in action–are there easily-noticeable signs and certificates hanging on the walls for people to see, are the crew members professional when it comes to interacting with people. Another thing to watch out for is to make sure that the repair shop you’re bringing your car to is certified and licensed to do repair work on any kind of motor vehicle that’s brought in. While I don’t own a car, at least I know what to look for when I do get a car down the road and have to haul it into the shop for repair.

  • Thanks for these tips on how to find a good auto repair service. It would make sense to follow your advice and look around their shop to find out more about them before you choose them. I’m trying to find an auto body shop, so I’ll have to check their shop out first.

  • Thanks for these tips on how to find a good auto body shop. It would make sense to find someone who is qualified and experienced as you suggest. My husband and I are looking for an auto shop, so we’ll have to check their qualifications first.

  • I like the tip that you gave to go online to get referrals for who you should hire as a body shop. My wife and I want to get our car serviced to make it look new. If we do, I will be sure to go online to get referrals.

  • You made a great point when you said that you should pay a visit to a prospective body shop. My brother was in a car accident that totaled his truck. It might be a good idea for him to take his truck into a reputable repair shop as quickly as possible.

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