Most people these days are losing their vehicles in repossession because of the economy. The gas prices are through the roof and many are trading cars in for bikes. This can be ideal, but, if your family dynamic does not call allow for it, you are stuck with the deal. Auto repair is another expense that is over the top. Garages know at times you have no choice and may raise prices. So, there are ways of avoiding bad repairs and not so hot pricing, it’s research.
How to ensure the garage you go to is the best one for you
Many people just drive up to their neighborhood garage and they don’t think much of who is working there. Everyone assumes that if they are working, they have everything they need to work knowledgably on your car. This is not always so, we think less of it when we enter a chain auto repair facility. So, what should they have before you trust your investment to them? When you research garages, instead of researching who repairs what, research what garages have ASE-Automotive Service Excellence training. Then, you can begin researching what they are proficient in. This helps to put your mind at ease.
Who are they affiliated with?
There are companies that will give a star rating to places like hotels and auto repair shops. AAA is one of those companies. They will rate them after a pop-visit and inspection and then hang the sign outside. You don’t have to ride around and look for them, just Google a list of them and they will come up straight away.
How to deal with online reviews
Online reviews are a bit touchy. So it is always good to scan them but steer clear of taking your overly good and overly bad reviews too seriously. This polarity can mean a lot of things. It could mean they are not being honest, or they are being mean or they are even the owner themselves. Yes, it happens a lot now so beware.
The price justification
You should consider the price compared to what they offer, where they are in terms of the convenience of location and do they offer perks. If your car insurance is not covering the repair then it won’t cover a rental. So, if it is a one day affair, consider a garage that has a shuttle service or if it is family owed, they may just offer you a ride home.
If your car is an expensive make and you don’t want to bother bringing it to a dealership, look for the safety factor for your car. This means checking for a secure holding spot, but for a lot that has safety bays that keep your car away from scratches. Also, the inside of the car should look spotless afterwards so take a look inside cars waiting to go home, if you can do so without issue. You would be surprised how many cars go home with grease prints on the doors and floors from their neighborhood auto repair shop.