Auto Care MX. If you ask someone “Are you a government employee or IRS agent?” and they lie to you; that might be considered entrapment and a good possible defense in court. But I ask you. Is it worth the grief?
You need to ask them various questions about the automotive paint tool shop that they are referring, before you can choose the shop. If your friend says that she likes it because they gave her a waver in her Insurance Deductible, it will be a much weaker reason to choose the shop than if she says that she really loved the work of the shop and her car works great after the repair job.
Often you will find a repair shop that will tell you several problems that are needed to be fixed, which might not exist. Hence, if you ever feel that the mechanic at a repair shop is highlighting problems that sound fake, ask him/her to show them to you. Even though you might not be able to figure out the exact problem, you would still get an idea whether the mechanic is telling the truth or is simply deceiving you.
Visit a few shops in your area so you have multiple options. Look at how they run things and how they maintain their shop. Observe how they treat their cars; is there enough lighting to be able to see small dents and scratches? Are the mechanics certified and licensed? Does the shop have special awards from reputable reward giving bodies? Check out the equipment and how they use it. Observe the repair personnel in action and talk to them to evaluate their work ethics.
One repair that should be taken care of as soon as possible is if your windshield needs repair. If your windshield is cracked or chipped it can be repaired most of the time. Many auto body shops even offer a service that will come to you, wherever you may be whether work or home. However, if you wait too long you will be forced to replace it, which will cost you more time and money. It is very unsafe to drive with a chipped or cracked windshield, so don’t put this off.
So, the “preferred” repair service your agent is steering you to is certainly “preferred”. preferred by the insurance provider for THEIR advantage, not yours. Why? Because the preferred body shop has agreed (in writing) to use auto parts that are less expensive than factory parts. This can mean using inferior parts, and perhaps not doing all that is vital to correctly repair your car. It might even mean that your car will be dangerous to drive after the fixes have been completed.
Obviously, you want a quality job, but if you must leave your car in the auto repair shop for weeks, this may be a problem with alternative travel costs. You will need to hire a car to use whilst yours is being repaired, and time is money. Therefore, when obtaining an assessment for repairs, ensure the time period is also factored into the costing.
A couple of things about opening your own shop: capitalization of a small business is tight these days. If you can provide testimonials and/or pictures of your work, they may help the cautious customers decide to go with you. As you establish your name in the area, that becomes less of a concern. If you want a Small business Administration (SBA) loan, you may want to contact SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives, a service provided by the SBA). They are good for recommendations and may really be able to help you get it off the ground.