Questions to Ask an Auto Body Shop

After you have been in an accident, you will want your car repaired as fast as possible. However, making a hasty decision in your choice of auto collision repair shop could end up costing you more in the long run. Before you just hand over your car, consider asking your choice of auto repair shop these crucial questions first.

How Many Steps Are They Involved In?

You would be surprised how little some auto collision shops will cover with the extensive prices they charge. Will they tow your car for you or will you have to arrange for it to be brought to them? Will they assist with vehicle rental? Will they paint your vehicle so that the damaged section matches the rest? These are all crucial things to know.

What Certifications Do They Have?

You probably wouldn’t trust a lawyer if they had a law degree from a community college, nor should you trust an auto repair shop without any certifications. While experience in the trade is the best teacher at times, having certifications like ASE and I-Car is printed proof to all who want to know that an auto repair shop has the skills and knowledge to perform the quality of repairs you deserve.

Do They Provide a Written Estimate?

Don’t trust just a phone estimate. A quality auto repair company will give you a written estimate of what is broken and what it will cost to fix. It is just an above-board way to assure that they won’t tack on any extra costs without telling you.

Do They Work With Your Insurance Company?

Not all auto repair shops will take that extra step to negotiate with your insurance company. They leave that messy process up to you and typically you end up getting the short end of the stick because of it.

Here at Limerick Auto Body, we’re servicing the Pottstown, Limerick, Royersford & surrounding areas and going the extra mile in all things. We handle everything from picking up the damaged vehicle to negotiating your settlement with the insurance company. We even pay attention to the little details like vacuuming the interior and giving your car a quality wash before giving the keys back to you. For more information, contact us today.

 

5 thoughts on “Questions to Ask an Auto Body Shop

  1. I like that you recommend to get a written estimate to help you see what each thing is going to cost. My dad recently was in a car accident and needs to get his rear bumper repaired. I’ll have to talk to him about making sure to get an estimate before giving them the keys. That way, they won’t be able to say that it was more expensive afterward.

  2. I appreciate your recommendation to verify certifications so that you can know they have the skills and knowledge to perform repairs you need. My husband and I just moved and are wanting to find a mechanic before we need them. It’ll give us a sense of relief once we find someone that will be able to give quality services if ever needed.

  3. I really like how this article talks about getting a written estimate over an oral one because it shows indications of a quality body shop. My sister was recently in a car accident and is in need of a good auto-body shop so I’ll be sure to tell her that! It sounds to me like there are a lot of great ways to tell if a shop is going to be quality or not. Thank you for the information!

  4. My wife and I are looking for an auto shop to get our cars inspected in our new area, but we aren’t sure where to start. I like that you mention how a quality auto repair company will give you a written estimate of what is broken and what it will cost to fix. This sounds like a great way to compare prices and avoid extra repairs that we don’t need.

  5. My wife and I are looking for an auto repair shop ever since moving, so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about getting a written estimate first. We’ll be sure to request this so we know exactly what we are paying for beforehand.

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