Techtips: Choosing the Automotive / Car Best Repair Shop Houston,Tx
Choosing the Right Repair Shop for Your Vehicle No matter what you drive--sports car, family sedan, pick-up, or mini-van, when you go in for repairs or service, you want the job done right. The following advice should take much of the guesswork out of finding a good repair establishment. I. Preliminaries Don't just drop your vehicle off at the nearest establishment and hope for the best. That's not choosing a shop, that's merely gambling. Read your owner's manual to become familiar with your vehicle and follow the manufacturer's suggested service schedule. Start shopping for a repair facility before you need one; you can make better decisions when you are not rushed or in a panic. Ask friends and associates for their recommendations. Even in this high-tech era, old-fashioned word-of-mouth reputation is still valuable. If possible, arrange for alternate transportation in advance so you will not feel forced to choose a facility solely on the basis of location. II. At the Shop Look for a neat, well-organized facility, with vehicles in the parking lot equal in value to your own and modern equipment in the service bays. Professionally run establishments will have a courteous, helpful staff. The service writer should be willing to answer all of your questions. Feel free to ask for the names of a few customers. Call them. All policies (guarantees, methods of payment, etc.) should be posted and/or explained to your satisfaction. Ask if the shop customarily handles your vehicle make and model. Some facilities specialize only in certain makes. Ask if the shop usually does your type of repair, especially if you need major work. Look for signs of professionalism in the customer service area: civic and community service awards, membership in the Better Business Bureau, AAA-Approved Auto Repair status, customer service awards. Look for evidence of qualified technicians, such as trade school diplomas, certificates of advanced course work, and ASE certifications--a national standard of technician competence. The backbone of any shop is the competence of the technicians. III. Follow-Up Keep good records; keep all paperwork. Reward good service with repeat business. It is mutually beneficial to you and the shop owner to establish a relationship. If the service was not all you expected, don't rush to another shop. Discuss the problem with the service manager or owner. Give the business a chance to resolve the problem. Reputable shops value customer feedback and will make a sincere effort to keep your business.
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