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Local Repair Shop Business is Booming;But How do You Choose?
CENTERVILLE -- Driving during the winter can be a challenge especially when it snows, or the roads refreeze overnight.
All those hazards have one local shop, booming with business.
Busted bumpers, broken headlights and cars dripping with snow, has the Collision Center of Dayton in Centerville, fully loaded with cars.
"We've written 24 estimates, we've taken in 7 vehicles," said Brad Hamilton, Body Shop Manager of Collision Center of Dayton.
That's just in three days.
"We write about 25 estimates in a week, yeah so it's been a lot," said Hamilton.
"Ohio drivers they love to overcompensate and be able to test the weather," said Joseph Bryan, driver.
Which lands them and their vehicle here.
But how do know who to choose to mend the broken pieces.
"If somebody can recommend a shop to you because they've used it before that's probably the shop to go with," said Hamilton.
And before you go with any, check to see what certifications the shop has been awarded.
They should be hanging in the lobby or on their door.
"All those certifications mean a lot if you go someplace and they don't have those kinds of things, you may want to worry," said Hamilton.
With the winter weather here to stay, you need to worry about staying safe on the roads.
"Be careful bc there's people like me that are willing to test the waters," said Bryan, "And so be careful and watch out and be defensive."
Before you drive into any body shop, make sure you shop around.
Don't just go with the lowest bid, it might not be the best quality service.
Here is a complete list of tips from the Better Business Bureau:
-Check your warranty. If your car's still under warranty, repairs most likely have to be done at an authorized dealership.
-Get several quotes. Don't settle for the lowest bid. It may not be the highest quality service.
-Get everything in writing and an itemized estimate of repairs.
-Ask if repairs are guaranteed.
-Tell the mechanic to get your permission to make additional repairs.
-Look for an auto repair shop that employs mechanics certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) or are affiliated with other associations, such as the Automotive Service Association (ASA).
-Ask family and friends to recommend a mechanic. If they're pleased with them, you'll likely be too.
-Look for a neat, well-organized facility with up-to-date equipment.
-Make sure the new parts are actually being put on your car. Don't be afraid to ask for the old parts back.
-Ask the mechanic to go over the work completed. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
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