You’ll start looking for a reliable auto service garage once your car starts experiencing trouble. It’s important that you know how to choose a good garage, as the level of service as well as cost of repairs may vary widely from one shop to the next. If you own a Japanese car, look for a service that specializes in Japanese makes, such as Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Toyota, Nissan, Acura, etc.
The following tips should be of help when choosing a Japanese auto service shop in your area:
Ask for recommendations
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It’s quite possible that a friend or family member of yours has had their car repaired recently. Ask them about the car repair service they used. How would they rate the quality of the job? Word-of-mouth is one of the most powerful ways to prove a business can satisfy its customers. People will often recommend a service because they had a great experience with it. While the recommended shop may be small and not well-known, you’ll be glad about the recommendation once you get there.
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Online customer reviews
Maybe your friend or family member recommended a certain garage, but you find that they don’t cover your specific make. You will need to turn to online reviews, which are another version of word-of-mouth. Check out unbiased consumer reviews from sites such as Angie’s List, where you’ll find the opinions of different customers regarding a certain mechanic/repair shop in your area. Take a good look at customer complaints and use your judgement to determine their validity.
Size of operation
Large-scale auto repair shops will usually charge higher prices because they have higher overhead costs to meet. Additionally you might not find the same level of care at such shops as you will in smaller, family-owned garages, In a smaller auto service shop, you may find that the owner himself/herself will take on the repair job, so you can expect greater attention and care for your vehicle. Not all large-scale operations are going to be bad of course, but a smaller operation is what you should go for if you want a more personalized experience.
Get several quotes
You may want to take your car around different repair shops to get estimates before settling on one. In that way, you can avoid overpaying for repair work, and you could indeed make significant savings. Avoid, however, choosing a repair service with price as the basis. Make quality of services the main deciding factor if you want to avoid future repair costs resulting from a bad repair job.
Finally, don’t hesitate to ask the right questions. Ask about warranties–how much do they cover, and for how long? What kind of body parts do they use for repair–used or new?