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Essential Tips for Choosing an Auto Body Repair Shop

When it comes to getting collision repair work on your vehicle, finding the right body shop is an important step. You don’t want to overpay, but you also don’t want subpar work. With so many options out there, making a decision can be stressful. But if you do a little research, you can be sure your car is in the right hands. Here are some important tips to consider:

Understand your options: There are numerous types of body shops, including independent shops, dealerships, specialists and franchises. Research these options to see what value each may offer. For instance, dealerships may cost more, but they may be the most familiar with the vehicles they sell. Alternatively, for simple repairs, a franchise store may offer the best value.

Ask around: Get recommendations from friends, family or neighbors who have recently had body work completed on their vehicle.

Research online reviews: Check review sites to see what other customers experienced with different shops. Pay attention to both positive and negative reviews and look for common themes. 

Check for insurance: Make sure the shop is properly insured and that they work with your insurance company if you’re filing a claim.

Look for certifications. Consider shops that are certified by organizations like the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR). This means that the technicians have met certain standards for training and experience.

Get multiple estimates: Request estimates from at least three different body shops. This will give you a good idea of the average price range for repairs. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the parts that will be used.

Ask about a warranty: A good collision repair shop will back their work with a warranty that covers all parts and labor. Ask about the type and length of the warranty offered and be sure to get it in writing.

Trust your instincts! Go with a shop that you feel comfortable with and that answers your questions in a way that you understand.

Talk with an auto insurance leader: To learn more about choosing the right collision repair shop for your vehicle, reach out to the auto insurance experts at VTC Insurance Group. Give us a call at 248.828.3377 or visit vtcins.com.


This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice.

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