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Choosing an auto repair shop

Choosing an auto repair shop

Finding a suitable auto repair shop is an important part of owning a car. The best way to find a good auto repair shop would be to consult with friends and neighbors. However, there are also online websites that will provide the necessary information that you will need.  Here are some things for you to look out for when choosing an auto repair shop.

The certification: Always make sure to check for the certification of the auto repair shop.  The federal trade Commission states that it is best to choose auto repair shops that display the certifications of its technicians. Also look for a scene from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Learn about the warranties: When your vehicle is still covered by warranty it is important to choose an auto repair shop that accepts the warranty that you hold. This information will be available from the manufacturer’s website or from the dealership where your car was purchased. In certain warranties, it is required that the vehicle is repaired in specific dealerships. Therefore, it is important to learn this information before being able to choose an auto repair shop.

Learn about the pricing charges: Once you finalize on a dealership based on the warranty offered it is also important to do your research on the costs of the repairs. Choose an auto repair shop where you would be able to continue even post expiration of your warranty period. It is highly recommended that car owners ask around to compare the repairing charges of the different auto repair shops. Also, learn about the charges for any repair that may not be covered in your warranty package.

Find a shop that specializes in your car brand: Consumer reports states that auto repair shops that specialize in a particular brand of vehicles tend to be more up to date on the training and have more modern equipment that would work best with your car.  Thus, it would be easier to choose an auto repair shop that specifically specializes in your brand.  Another tip is to just look around the dealership and get an idea of the kind of vehicles that are serviced at that particular auto shop. They must be similar to your car.

References and reviews: Finally ask for references for the auto repair shop that you have chosen. You can also look at online reviews from websites such as Yelp.