Modern Auto Repair Shops Offer Much More Than Vehicle Body Repairs
Auto repair shops are about as much fun as going to the dentist
. However, many shops today are taking the pain out of the process. Most repair shops offer coffee while you are waiting, and with scheduled appointments at times that suit your schedule, you don't have to take a day off work to have your car repaired. Some shops are even open on Saturdays.
Many auto repair shops offer prevention and maintenance packages. These packages can include a look at the engine, transmission, brakes, steering, lights, and starter. As well, most packages will include topping up fluids; washer, anti-freeze, transmission fluid, power steering and an oil and filter change. Other items that may be checked on a maintenance check are belts, hoses, battery and water pump.
The chassis of the vehicle is given a check; the struts and shocks, fuel lines, brake lines and exhaust system. Tires are important to the safe operation of any vehicle. Most drivers don't check the tire pressure often enough, and don't recognize when tires are bald. A maintenance check will ensure that the tires are properly inflated, and have usable tread. Tire rotation is often included in a maintenance package, giving more even wear and increasing the life of the tires.
There are auto repair shops that offer a maintenance check for free, with a written report, so that you know the state of your vehicle, and know what to expect. There is peace of mind in knowing ahead which components are likely to need attention, before anything breaks down and requires major work.
Many auto repair shops offer the convenience of booking an appointment on-line. You choose a date and time that you will drop the car, and specify what service you want performed.
As well, many auto repair shops with a web-site give details on the services they perform, which makes of cars they are equipped to service. Some shops make it easy to drop your car off before they open. Others offer courtesy drives to your workplace or home. Others have rental cars available if your repair will take longer than a day or two. Others offer a free tow with a repair. Some have a shuttle that will take you to a nearby mall or restaurant while you wait.
There are auto repair shops with web sites that offer an on-line record of repairs and maintenance on your car, with e-mailed reminders of oil changes and maintenance service. Those records can be accessed on-line anytime and give you and the shop a complete picture of the condition of your car.
There are other auto repair shops offering customer loyalty cards; credit cards that can be used at their locations, and accrue points with every purchase. Those points can then be applied against future services. Some offer senior discounts.
Don't forget to ask questions about the services and prices offered. Make sure you get a quote, not just an estimate, or that the shop will phone with a quote before proceeding with work. Be clear about what exactly will be done and don't settle for vague answers.
Take the time to check out an auto repair shop. They offer much more than vehicle body repairs
by: Adriana Noton
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