For most people our cars are an essential part of everyday life and, perhaps like the mobile phone, are something we can’t bear to live without for any period of time. Suffice it to say, if you find yourself needing a car body repair shop then chances are, you’ll have to survive without it for a few days! Far from ideal.
But what to look for? …
Firstly, reputation is everything so if any friends or family can recommend someone they’ve already used then you’re generally onto a winner.
If they can’t, then don’t automatically be tempted by the larger repair firms. These will naturally have larger overheads, more staff and therefore less interest in your car (or you, as a person!). If you take a little time out to go and find the smaller companies you’re much more likely to find people who’ll take the time to walk you through the process, show you what equipment they use and understand why you need your car back so quickly (although, be honest, doesn’t everyone?!). Just remember that the largest firms aren’t always the best. Attention to personal detail is much more important and you’ll most likely get a better deal in the process too. Click through the following webpage for deals in your area. You might be surprised who you can find within your local vicinity so don’t be afraid to seek them out and ask as many questions as you like! Don’t forget either that you can also see reviews on local pages to check whether they’re recommended by previous customers. In a lot of cases the same also applies on social media with sites like facebook, twitter.
If you’re relying on your insurance company to pay for the work then they might insist on you using one of their preferred providers. If this is the case then make sure you find out what (or who!) your options are and then take a little time to go and visit each in person. Most of the larger repair shops will offer a courtesy car whilst your vehicle is being repaired so don’t be afraid to ask which make or model you might reasonably expect. If you have a large family, kids and a dog then a Smart car might not be the ideal solution so don’t overlook the smaller details and leave everything to the insurers! That said, you might also find that the insurer’s choice of supplier will pick up and deliver your vehicle back to a preferred place and at a specified time – perhaps to your office during working hours or to your home, if it’s an evening.
Either way, once you’ve finally chosen your repairer then be sure to get everything in writing so that all expectations are met (on both sides) and can be challenged in the unfortunate event that they’re not. It’s also a good idea to take photographs of your vehicle before it goes in for repair so that there’s no element of doubt if things go wrong. Hopefully, of course, that won’t be the case but it’s always best to have every eventuality fully covered for a completely stress free service!