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5 Auto Repair Shop Selection Tips

Being intentional about evaluating the auto repair shops in your area is key when it comes to finding one that best meets your needs. Check out these five helpful tips for choosing the best auto repair shop for you!

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Find a Quality Auto Repair Shop Before You Need It

Waiting until you urgently need a major repair to learn about the options that are available in your area will likely mean going with the first Google search result, which may not be the best fit for you or your vehicle. Instead, make a point of looking into your options and asking people you know for recommendations as soon as you purchase a new vehicle or move to a new city.

Visit Potential Repair Shops

Websites can only tell you so much, and stopping into shops that interest you to meet technicians, learn about services they offer, and get a general feel for whether they are likely to be a good fit for you can increase your confidence in your decision.

Look for Signs of Technical Expertise

Technicians that are serious about finding new customers should take steps to make sure you know what sets them apart, and browsing websites and shops for evidence of certifications and specific types of expertise can give you peace of mind that they know how to handle your vehicle.

Compare Rates

While it is not necessarily a good idea to go with the cheapest repair shop you can find because you may end up getting the level of service you pay for, rates should be reasonable for the type of service you are getting. Comparing rates allows you to get an idea of how much you should expect various services to cost in your area to avoid overpaying or choosing a shop that is unlikely to provide quality service.

Start With a Minor Repair

Dealing with a car that will not start is not the time to find out the technicians at the repair shop you thought would work for you do not know what they are doing. Starting with something smaller as soon as you make a decision can help to confirm that it is a good fit for you. Having your tires rotated, brakes checked, or other minor routine service done early on can give you an idea of the quality of service a shop is likely to provide when you need something more significant. At Custom Complete Automotive, we are here to help drivers in the Columbia, Jefferson City, and St. Louis, MO areas manage a wide range of vehicle needs. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and why we might be a good fit for you!

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Eric Riddles

Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.

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