Getting An Estimate for Body Work On Your Car
One thing to never forget, is that the process of getting an estimate is vital to your wallet. This is, in itself, is an art form. The most obvious ramification of this is to visit more than one body shop in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Or Virginia Beach. This sounds easy but when your car needs to be fixed you may feel rushed. Don’t do it. Patience is a virtue when selecting an auto body repair shop. In fact the lack of patience could cost you thousands of wasted dollars and leave you with sub par work. So maybe a better way to phrase it is:
Have Patience When Selecting Your Auto Shop And Get Multiple Estimates
So you got the autobody estimates, now what…
Not all the estimates look the same. You probably notice line items do not match up perfectly. So take the estimates back to the shops and ask them why one item is on another quote and not the one they gave you. This process will do a lot for you. First you will see how they handle objections. Second, you can make sure you are actually getting a good deal with that lower total quote.
Maybe that lower total quote isn’t lower at all…
Make sure it is an apples to apples comparison. Are they using brand name parts or generics. How many of your type of car have they worked on. Naturally if you have restored twenty Hyundai’s, you will know a lot more about the nuances of doing them than someone who has never fixed one. I say take it a step further. Ask for a reference from someone who had a similar car to yours. It does not hurt to ask.
Speaking Of Car Repair References..
Word of mouth and reviews still are critical in this process. Early in the process of searching for an autobody repair dealer, start getting lots of feedback in the form of reviews and recommendations. There is a lot to lose, so it is worth it to spend lots of time getting this kind of information.
Focus On Quality..Not Just The Bottom Line
It is tempting to focus on the lowest quote number. But that kind of quote can mean shoddy parts, poor service, and subpar work. In the long run, you did not save a dime. See the big picture when you are selecting. Choose the greatest value to you and your car, in the short and long term.
HOW TO FIND A TRUSTWORTHY AUTO BODY SHOP — THE SIMPLE DOLLAR
In-text: (The Simple Dollar, 2018)
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