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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Auto Body Shop

One shop a person visits may have an estimate around $500, while another is asking $2,000 for the work that needs to be completed


Philadelphia, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/26/2014 -- Seeking estimates from body shops may result in a number of different estimates. One shop a person visits may have an estimate around $500, while another is asking $2,000 for the work that needs to be completed. It is important to understand why there is such a large difference and if it is okay to select a cheaper option.

Some tips to select the ideal body shop for vehicle repairs are highlighted here.

Listen to the Word-of-Mouth
Any business has the ability to pay for advertisement, but chances are when a body shop has great references from the community, it provides better results. This means that the business has proven that it can satisfy customers, which means that it may not be the best-known or biggest shop in the area.

Consider Overhead and Location
The most significant fees for some auto repair shops is labor hours. For example in ritzy parts of town the labor charges may be 20 percent more than in other areas. Pay attention to how big the body shop is, the number of front desk workers that are present and the other amenities that are offered. If there seems to be a good deal of overhead, chances are the repair shop has to change higher labor fees. Even though front desk personnel can provide a more welcoming experience, the fact is that the work may be non-essential to the actual function of the business, which means a higher rate for labor hours.

Shop The Estimate Around
It is important for any car owner to shop the body work that needs to be completed at several different body shops. This will help the person to receive the best price. There are some repair shops that will even meet another’s estimates simply to get new business.

Keep in mind that while it is important to ensure that a shop does not overcharge, taking the lowest quote may result in poor work or bad parts. In fact, if shops’ bid is significantly lower than other estimates that are received, then chances are a crucial part of the repair has been cut out.

Ask Questions
Go about auto body repairs in a smart manner by asking key questions. These questions should include if the shop provides any written warranties, what it covers and how long it lasts. This provides peace of mind that the repairs that are completed are made to last.
Use that “Gut” Reaction

The last tip that can help a person find the ideal body shop is to trust that “gut” feeling. If a body shop does not seem like the right fit, seek services elsewhere; this will help one achieve superior results that will have the vehicle back in pristine condition in no time.

About Marquis Auto Restorations
Marquis Auto Restoration is the pride of Alan Lewenthal, a car enthusiast thrilled to share expertise and knowledge with the automobile owners of Philadelphia, PA. A strong community with a blue-collar history that uniquely supported the development of the automobile, Marquis Auto Restoration is an ideal partner to support the ideals of the community in ownership and maintenance of classic cars, as well as help drivers get back on the roads quickly following an accident. Give Marquis Auto Restoration in Philadelphia an opportunity to evaluate the next automobile restoration project and find out what a difference having a restoration veteran involved can make.

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