Unfortunately, many people get ripped off when it comes to bodywork repair. Making sure you choose a bodywork repair shop which will provide good financial value for the service can save you thousands of pounds. However finding a reputable bodywork shop is easier said than done, there are no signs telling you whether this is a disreputable bodywork shop.
The problem is exacerbated by the fact that sometimes paying less does not mean that you are not being ripped off. Collected beneath are a number of tips which can help you find a reputable car bodywork shop and prevent yourself from being ripped off.
Listen to word of mouth opinions
Listen to the opinion of your friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances. This is important because if they provide good reviews the shop has already proven its ability to please customers. Also, word of mouth opinions may guide you towards a shop which you may have struggled to find otherwise.
Consider the shops overheads
As with any service you are not paying just for the service, you are also paying for the business and its overheads. To demonstrate, larger car bodywork repair shops will have greater costs as they have more employees and greater overheads.
Shop around, get more than one estimate
Taking your car to a number of car bodywork repair shops is the best way to avoid getting ripped off. This is because you will get a range of quotes and will quickly be able to discern a reasonable price for your expected repair work. Also beware of especially low prices, it is not just overly high prices which should concern you. This often means that corners are being cut, meaning you get an obsolete service and could have further problems at a later date. All too often people get greedy and take the lowest price, which rarely provides the best service.
Make sure to ask the right questions
Don’t go in just thinking about the costs. Make sure to ask key questions about the kind of service you are actually paying for. These should include, do you provide a written warranty? If so for how long? Also, what does the warranty cover? Another key question is, does the shop have insurance from theft or fire damage. This is important because you want to ensure your car is protected from being stolen, destroyed or damaged whilst the work is carried out.