If you have been involved in an auto collision, are looking to restore your vehicle or simply need your automobile completely detailed, choosing a reputable auto body shop can be a daunting task.
Before your auto needs arise, take the time to compare several auto repair shops to find the one that best suits your convenience and needs.
Below are the top 5 things to consider when choosing a reputable auto body shop in your area.
More often than not, the best referrals come from friends and family who have had experience working with auto body shops in your area. Odds are you will get an honest opinion about their experience with repair shops, which can help save you money or avoid unexpected issues that may arise during or after your service.
2. Don’t choose based solely on price
Cost should not be top priority when choosing an auto collision repair center. Be sure
to research and compare local shops in your area. The cheapest rate may not always have the worst services; likewise, the most expensive might not offer the highest level
of service. Also, this is a good time to ask about any warranties they offer on workmanship.
3. Research onlineYour friends and family could have given you great advice about repair shops they have experience with, but they might not have covered all of your options in the area, or perhaps you are in need of a different service than they had. Look at online reviews for unbiased consumers. Yelp, Google and Facebook are often good options when it comes to doing your online research.
4. Ask questions
As a consumer, you have the right to ask a shop about their credentials, experience, customer service and warranty policies. Do not forget to ask about certifications held by the employees—such as the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certificate, I-CAR certified technicians — and the years of experience in the field that the employees have. Does the shop use OEM or aftermarket parts? Do they offer concierge services such as; insurance claims assistance, tow assistance, rental car assistance and much more?
5. Get estimates
If you are in a bind and your truck, car or SUV needs major repairs, be sure to get several estimates. Written estimates can assure that the shop is not going to keep tacking on unneeded services. Also, when obtaining estimates, if you find there is a large price difference shop to shop, this should raise a red flag. It may signify that one shop has misdiagnosed the problem or a particular shop is adding on unnecessary work. If you have been involved in an auto collision your insurance provider may give you a list of preferred auto body repair shops. Keep in mind, you and only you, ultimately have the choice of which shop you prefer to use for all of your repairs.
We hope that with a little research and due diligence you find the auto body shop that is right for you. For more information about frequently asked questions, visit Lentz Auto Body FAQs.
With over a half century of automotive collision expertise, Lentz Auto Body is the preferred choice in Belford, NJ for all of your automotive needs. For a complete list of our services contact us today at 732.787.0800 or visit our service page online.