As much as DIY is so popular these days, at one point the car still repairs in a shop or dealership. It can be for maintenance or repair. If the vehicle is still brand new, no questions, it has to go back to the dealership where the car got purchased as it is always gets covered by warranty. If the vehicle is out of warranty, choosing the right shop is essential. Here are the tips for finding the right one:

  1.  Value recommendations – it’s all about customer experience. Talk with family, friends, and colleagues. Referrals are the best unfiltered and honest review of a place. That is why getting other people’s option will help decide on which shop to go.
  2. Check online reviews – this second-hand online feedback is nuggets of information on how other people get treated. 
  3. Get estimates – each shop has their diagnosis and costing. It is advisable to get several quotes for comparison. Pay attention to the price and what each shop is charging versus the kind of repair needed. Higher estimates may mean that there are unnecessary repairs included.
  4. Talk with the people – do a site visit and try to interact with people at the dealership/shop. Find one that is consistent with the quality of service. The values of the company get represented by the type of people working at the dealership/shop.
  5. Check the shop – don’t wait for emergencies to happen. Find the right shop that is right for the vehicle that you have. Each car has their complexity. Specialized vehicles need to get serviced at its brand dealership. More common vehicles can be done at a local repair shop but then again. Depending on the level of complexity of the repair needed, some repairs can only get done at the dealership instead of a local repair shop. 

Researching before the actual repair is needed will save you time and money. Do not be caught in a surprise and be forced to pay a higher fee just because you were not ready. 

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