Repair Shop Checklist
Use these handy tips from the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) on finding a good repair establishment:
* Start shopping for a repair facility before you need one.
* Ask friends and associates for recommendations; consult local consumer organizations.
* Look for a courteous staff, with a service writer willing to answer all of your questions.
* Look for a neat, well organized facility, with some vehicles in the parking lot equal in value to your own and modern equipment in the service bays.
* Arrange for alternate transportation in advance so you will not feel forced to choose a shop based solely on location.
* Look for policies regarding labor rates, diagnostic fees, guarantees, acceptable methods of payment, etc.
* Ask if the repair facility specializes or if it usually handles your type of repair work.
* Look for signs of professionalism in the customer service area such as civic, community, or customer service awards.
* Look for evidence of qualified technicians: trade school diplomas, certificates of advanced course work, and certification by ASE.