Many People Opt for Low Quality Repairs
Why Many Aren’t Happy with their Collision Repairs
Because the performance of your vehicle is directly related to your safety on the road, choosing quality over cost shouldn’t even be an issue. However, for those who still need convincing that high quality parts such as brakes that stop your car in the shortest distance are infinitely better than low-cost ones like cheap brakes that make you more vulnerable to accidents, this article is for you.
The reality is that a good quality product is not cheap. Sure, it can be reasonably-priced, just not cheap. This is especially true when it comes to the automotive industry. And if you happen to be involved in an accident or your car just breaks down for some reason, you will realize this quickly enough.
You Have the Right to Choose an Auto Body Shop
Like it or not, your insurance provider plays a big role, perhaps the most critical one when it comes to having your car repaired. The reason is simple enough. They try to dictate which shop you can go to for service. Many of them automatically suggest going to a “big box” auto body shop. Many of these nationwide conglomerates have made reputations for themselves by not necessarily have been consistently living up to expectations. Some insurance companies, on the other hand, give their referrals to auto shops with “cut rates” so that they don’t have to pay out as much when your vehicle needs repaired. Whatever the agreements they have with those big name auto shops or those obscure, cheap ones, you should always remember that insurance companies are business entities. This means the collision repair centers they refer you to are not likely for your benefit, but more for their own.
Your Vehicle, Your Repair Shop of Choice
We’re not saying, though, that going with your insurance provider’s recommended car shops is always a big no-no. Hardly. We just want to emphasize that choosing a car repair shop is not a decision that you should take lightly and you shouldn’t just rely on a single factor to help you make that final nod. In other words, don’t choose based on who is the cheapest.
You work hard for your money, so it’s not unusual that cost is typically the biggest determining factor when shopping for anything, including auto body repair. When canvassing which shop to go to, and upon finding one that has the most attractive price, you should carefully consider why that particular shop is able to offer such a low rate. Cheap repair might mean inferior parts, low-tech equipment, unqualified or inexperienced mechanics, and low-quality workmanship. Oftentimes, poor quality repair will just mean some savings upfront, but a bigger expense eventually because the temporary fix done has been undone or has caused worse damage, requiring another repair job and all the inconvenience that comes with it. Besides the probability of costing more, are you seriously willing to compromise your safety by saying yes to that low price tag?
Quality Repairs are Worth the Cost
More than cost, work quality ought to be considered of greater significance when talking about auto repair. Sure, high quality work is expected to cost more. But when your safety is on the line, wouldn’t you be willing to pay more? Shouldn’t you be willing to pay more? With good quality repair, you will pay a bit more initially, but this comes with the assurance that your car will perform optimally for a longer period of time, and a safer driving experience for you.
Needless to say, there’s a question begging to be asked. Why does quality work have to be more expensive? For starters, it is impossible to provide quality work without spending enough time to thoroughly inspect and evaluate what should be done. This will require not just the right equipment, but qualified personnel as well. After which, the appropriate parts will have to be acquired, before finally getting on with the actual repair. The result? A job well done for a satisfied car owner.
Making the Choice of Cheap Repairs or Quality Workmanship
Cost or quality? Quality should be the hands-down choice. But don’t think for a second that the one which costs the highest is automatically the one that will be able to provide the best quality work. Big auto body shops are a logical go-to for some people who are willing to pay the price for quality work that comes with a warranty. Some still get disappointed, however, and find out the hard way that while the big auto body shops have built formidable reputations, there are still those who actually do not deserve the acclaim. Which basically means a big name doesn’t necessarily guarantee high quality. At least not always.
The bottomline? Quality does not always have to mean exorbitant cost. It’s quite possible to find quality repair at a cost you will be comfortable with. It will just require some amount of research on your end. And when you’re done with your research, turn to your instinct and your gut feeling. You’ll rest easier knowing that you have made the best possible choice.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Cars
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we pride ourselves on two things. Our foremost goal is training leaders. We want every employee to have a sense of ownership, and to take pride in what they do. The result is that when they fix your car, you have the peace of mind knowing that your vehicle is going to be fixed with high quality parts, high quality craftsmanship, and everything will be done the right way.
Are you in need of repairs to your vehicle? Do you need your car or truck detailed? Do you have questions on the repair process before you make a decision? We have been serving the Billings community for decades, and we want to make sure you’re completely comfortable with the service you will receive. Give us a call at 406-259-6328.