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The Auto Shop

5 Guidelines in choosing an Auto Shop

With today's busy schedules of work, school, sports activities, and recreation, folks have little or no time to visit an auto shop to find the right one for their vehicle's service and repair work. However, as you may have experienced, it's even more difficult to make do-it-yourself auto repairs in today's newer vehicles. That's why it is so important to make time in your schedule to find the right auto center.

Do you need some guidelines to help you? Choose an auto center based on the standards outlined below for a minor service or repair. Here are a few easy-to-follow tips to save you time:

Find an auto shop that you feel comfortable with before you actually need one. First, use it for minor auto repairs or service, such as an oil change or tire rotation. If you are satisfied with the work performed on small jobs, you will more likely use them again for more extensive auto repairs. If you can do this, you can avoid being rushed into an unnecessary, and probably expensive, auto repair with an auto shop that you don't know very well.

Ask for referrals from your friends for their recommendations. If necessary, call the Better Business Bureau and ask if there are any complaints; what were they about, and how were they resolved.

Choose an auto shop for more than just a convenient location (although that would be an added bonus). Sometimes driving a little further can mean better service, and may even save you money.

Visit the auto center to see if it is kept clean and well-organized. Look at the service bays to see if the equipment is modern and well-maintained.

Make sure it is professionally run with courteous and trained staff. Look around the lobby for any community-service awards, Better Business Bureau endorsements, ASE certificates, or plaques for civic involvement.