Selecting the right auto body shop can save you thousands of dollars.
It is fairly common to get an estimate from an auto body shop that is very different from another. Depending on the damage to be repaired, the amounts can swing wildly. Then the questions start.
• Will you really get what you are paying for?
• Will the lower estimate be of equal quality work?
• Is there more than one repair for each type of damage?
• Do I really need a “perfect” repair for this car?
Introducing the Auto Body Shop Alternative In Madison WI
Auto Color, Inc. of Middleton and Madison WI offers an auto body shop alternative ensuring quality body repairs without breaking your budget.
We specialize in diagnosing the damage and when possible, offer repair options allowing the car owner to pick the right repair for the vehicle and his or her budget. Unlike a traditional auto body shop in Madison WI, we do not assume every car has to be repaired or restored to showroom quality.
Showroom quality is no problem for Auto Color. However, if you have a 5-7-year-old car (or older), sometimes just being presentable is an appropriate repair. When a minor collision repair, a plastic bumper repair or paint and dent repair are all that is needed, an alternative to a traditional auto body shop is often the best option.
Often times with minor collision or other minor body repairs, many people do not want to even use their insurance. They prefer to pay out of pocket to avoid insurance rate increases. In those situations – which are well over 90% of auto body repairs, an auto body shop alternative is the best option.
Auto Body Shop Selection Tips
Below are a few ideas to keep in mind when selecting an auto body shop in Madison WI.
A good auto body shop will have a positive reputation. Friends, family or people you work with may have some insight about companies they have used in the past. Sometimes, you will get a wide range of recommendations including the large, corporate type auto body shop or sometimes smaller owner/operator shops where the owner may actually work on your car. In addition to these options, we recommend you include Auto Color in the mix. We have found through experience we usually offer repair strategies not provided by a traditional auto body repair shop. And, the majority of the time, car owners pick an Auto Color body repair option.
Consider Auto Body Shop Location and Overhead
Efficiency is the key. You want a lean, capable operation that looks as if it can handle your body repair. In contrast, you may want to think twice, about large body shops with a lot of front-office workers, glitz and other amenities someone has to pay for. More often than not it is the customer (you) paying for these nice frills. Remember, service delivered by front-desk folks, managers and foremen often provides a feeling of confidence, but it can also result in higher estimates to cover the amenities. Your goal is to repair your car, not help remodel an auto body shop.
Get Multiple Estimates
Taking your vehicle to multiple body shops for quotes is a great way to avoid overcharges. In fact, we tell car owners to get all of the quotes they can and bring them into Auto Color. Unless there is frame damage, there is a very, very, very good chance we will be the most affordable option. We can say that because we have constructed Auto Color to be the auto body shop alterative.
Ask Good Questions
When choosing an auto body shop, be sure to have a few key questions in mind.
• Will the finished product be showroom quality?
• If so, how much will the charge be?
• Are there repair alternatives?
• Does the auto body shop provide a written warranty?
• If so, for how long?
• What does the warranty cover?
Be aware, any warranties may be specific to the repair. Body repair work may have a different warranty than a paint job. If the area around the repair has any signs of rust, the warranty may be very limited.
Other key questions should include the following –
• Does the body shop have fire and theft insurance? (Protect against fire, theft or burglary)
• Ask how long the shop has been in business?
• Does the body shop have a business license?
• What materials will the body shop use? (original equipment of aftermarket parts)
• When painting is required, ask about the number of coats of paint and clear coat the body shop plans to use.
Note – Depending on the amount of damage, aftermarket parts can save money and can function as well OEM parts.
When selecting an auto body shop, trust your intuition.
If a body shop isn’t busy there may be a good reason – such as shoddy repairs. Body shops that are dirty, cluttered or disorganized may be showing you what the finished product will look like. Does the guy or gal at the counter communicate well – or is it difficult to get a straight answer?
If it doesn’t feel right – it might not be the best auto body shop for you.
Auto Color is THE Auto Body Shop Alternative In Madison WI
If you find yourself choosing an auto body shop to repair your car, stop in Auto Color to be sure you know all of the right options for your auto body repair. Visit either of our two locations in the Madison WI area – on Parmenter Road in Middleton or our Stoughton Road location.
Our convenient locations help us serve surrounding cities including Verona, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Sauk City, McFarland, Middleton, Monona, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie and Deforest and all of Dane County.
Call Auto Color Middleton at 608-831-9554 or Auto Color East Madison at 608-221-5041 or email us for help with body repair help or auto body shop selection assistance in Madison WI.