If your car has experienced a breakdown, or you were in an accident, you will need to find a good auto repair shop that you can trust. Perhaps one of the best ways is to go online and look at the website of several auto repair companies.
If you have been locked out of your car and need a locksmith, this will be an easier matter. There are usually several locksmiths in most areas, and one can be chosen based on the information on their website. This search should include finding out how close to you they are, because they may add additional mileage charges.
Towing should also require some research, too. Tow companies will charge per mile and they may only take your vehicle to certain repair shops, and it may be on the other side of town. If you are not familiar with the tow company, look at the information on their website, then be sure to ask questions when you talk to them on the phone.
Another way to find a good auto repair shop is to ask your friends or family members. Most likely they will be able to recommend some company to you that they have used previously.
You can look on the auto shop’s website to determine how long they have been in business. If you have a foreign car, be sure to select a shop that specializes in that kind of car for best results.
The mechanics will be certified at the best auto shops. Certification may come from more than one organization, but ASE is the most recognized. They should have certification in the type of work you want done on your car. If diagnostic testing is to be done, make sure that they have the right equipment and that it is up-to-date.
You may also want to ask about their hourly prices and use this figure as a way to compare one shop with another. They should give you an estimate in writing before the work is started.
Before you have your car towed to the shop or take it there, find out how long they expect the work to take before being completed. If they have to order parts, you can expect it to take longer. If they are a busy shop, they may not be able to get to it for a few days. It is also possible that they may not perform the type of work you want done, such as transmissions, body work, etc.