After a collision or hit and run, if you find there is any damage to your vehicle, you’ll likely need an expert mechanic or panel beater for repairs. Read more about whether your car is worth fixing, and if it is, think carefully about whose hands you’ll put it in.
Where you take your vehicle for repair is important – take a look at some of the things to consider when choosing an auto repair shop or panel beater.
1. Is it a reputable one?
It’s always a good idea to do a bit of research beforehand, including looking up local reviews or asking friends for recommendations. Check out their websites and look for indicators such as testimonials and expert advice. See if they offer guarantees on their work, and make sure to read their terms and conditions.
2. Are they authorised by insurance?
If you’ve just been in a collision, you likely can make an insurance claim. Be absolutely sure that the panel beater you choose accepts your insurance before getting repairs done – otherwise, you could face hundreds – or thousands – of dollars’ worth of repairs out of pocket without reimbursement.
3. How well do they know your car?
Every mechanic and repair shop has specialised knowledge. Some know vintage or antiques better than others, while some are experts in late model cars, Asian brands, North American brands, or European brands. It’s often best to go to a repairer who specialises in your vehicle.
4. Do they have the parts you need?
Some garages may not have all of the parts you need right away, which can delay you getting back on the road. The parts they use may also vary in quality and whether they are genuine or not. Also, some mechanics will overcharge for parts in addition to labour costs. You may find that it is in your best interest to purchase used parts right away and bring them yourself so that you know you are getting the best prices you can.
5. How convenient are they?
Many places offer extra services such as loaner cars, pickup and drop off, Depending on how much time you have and what distance you are from your usual activities, you may need these services rather than being carless until the repairs are done.
Don’t just go to the cheapest and closest place available. You’ll want to do your best to avoid scams or mechanics that will rip you off. Fair prices and convenience are very important factors but do your research first so that you go to the right place for you. You don’t want your car breaking down again as you drive off from the mechanic. Make sure the work done is guaranteed and from a trustworthy mechanic or body repair company.
For any further information or to discuss parts for your car, contact Perth Parts.