The time to pick an auto body repair shop is before an accident happens. Accidents are stressful enough, but knowing where the damaged vehicle should be towed to is one less thing to worry about. Unfortunately, there are many scam auto body shops that do shoddy work or grossly inflate the bill. Fortunately, these can be avoided by following these tips from auto mechanic Scotty Kilmer.
Check Out Damaged Cars on the Lot
It’s normal for auto body repair shops to have damaged vehicles in their parking lots. It’s not normal for them to have the same damaged vehicles there for weeks.
Take a photo of the damaged cars. Come back a month later and see if the same cars are still there. If they are, then skip this body shop. They do not have a quick turnover. It may take weeks or even months to get a single car repaired.
Check for a Paint Booth
Good auto body repair shops never paint cars out in the open. Wet paint attracts everything from dust to insects. These get in the paint and ruin the paint job. A good paint booth is humidity-controlled and completely sealed.
Check for Complaints on the Internet
The final check of a body shop should be an online one. Just enter the name of the body shop with words like scam or complaint. If there are many about that shop, choose another.