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Ladies Auto Know…How to Choose the Right Collision Center

It’s not uncommon for estimates from different body shops to vary wildly. One shop may give you an estimate for $500 while another wants $2000. What’s the difference? Here are some tips for choosing the right shop for you.

1) Pay Attention to Word-of-Mouth wp9d936037_05_06

Any business can advertise, but you will do better with a shop that friends, family or aquaintances recommmend. It’s a business that has proven it can satisfy customers. 

2) Consider the Operation’s Location and Overhead.

Large body shops with a lot of front office workers probably have to charge higher rates simply to afford their staff. While this may give some people a feeling of confidence in the business itself, it can result in estimates that are padded with non-essential work. At Linear Automotive, we do things by the book, literally. We use reference guides that estimate the number of hours required to perform common repairs. Our techs experienced and certified in many facets of collision repair. The higher end shops might decide to charge for everything in the gray area, meaning those things that they might have to do to fix the problem.

3) Get Several Estimates

Taking your car to several body shops for repair quotes is the best way to avoid overcharges. While it’s important to protect against being overcharged, you shouldn’t simply take the lowest quote. Stay away from the shops with the super cheap price. This usually means they are cutting corners here and there, leaving you with a shoddy repair job.

4) Ask the Right Questions

When choosing a body shop, don’t go in with your pocketbook open, go in smart. Key questions: Does the shop have a written warranty, if so, for how long? What does the warranty cover? Linear Automotive provides our customers with a lifetime warranty on all collision and refinish repairs. Trust your vehicle to the experts!

5) Follow Your Intuition

Finally, it’s important to trust your intuition about the shop you’re considering. If a shop isn’t busy, maybe that’s because customers are avoiding the poor repairs. If the place is really dirty, cluttered of disorganized, this is a direct reflection of the kind of work you can expect. Same goes for the staff, you will be happier with a shop where the owner and all of the employees communicate well and are straightforward with patrons.

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