Auto body shops are EVERYWHERE! How can you tell the good ones from the bad ones.
Ask Your Friends/Family
People that have used a specific bodyshop have first-hand knowledge. Ask them what their experience was. Ask if they got their car back on time. Ask if there were any surprises.
Check On-Line Reviews
More and more the on-line review is becoming crucial in choosing everything from a good dog walker to a good restaurant. Be leery of any establishment that serves the public and has little reviews.
Check the Wall
Not to say that autobody repair is brain surgery but good autobody repair does take some skill and certain aspects of the trade need certification. Check the wall in their lobby to make sure that the people that will be working on your car are certified. If you’re not sure, ask the manager or estimator.
Listen To the Estimator
In any field, you can quickly identify who knows what they’re talking about and who doesn’t. While some autobody repairs can be complicated, make sure the estimator is talking to you in terms you understand. That is one of the skills of a good estimator.
The Lowest Price is not Always Going to Yield the Best Result
If the estimator explained the repair clearly to you, you be should be able to know why one estimate may be higher than another.