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finding a repair shop [Jan. 12th, 2011|02:37 pm]
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How do you go about finding a good repair shop? I'm looking for one in another state, so I can't go visit and take the car in, but I'm wondering if there are any specific questions I can ask over the phone.

I'm trying to figure out how much it would be to fix a piece of plastic that I broke off the rear bumper. The estimate given to me ($1000) seems really high, when my first thought was to just glue it back on.

(details of the situation are here, if that helps at all.)

[User Picture]From: edgar_suit
2011-01-13 03:26 am (UTC)
Herro. ;)

Finding a good mechanic and body shop is harder than finding a good doctor. How do you find the right one?

MY PERSONAL way is to:

a) look in the phone book, find the most pleasing, large ad. I know this is a bummer for the small guys but I need a place that has enough repeat business to afford a larger yellow pages ad.

b) talk to friends and family. ask for suggestions

c) talk to local auto parts stores. They usually know the good guys from the creeps.

Then I examine all answers and experiment.
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[User Picture]From: togglehead
2011-01-14 03:35 pm (UTC)
Also get on forums for your car and ask guys in that area!!
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[User Picture]From: xhallucinationx
2011-01-19 12:31 am (UTC)
Oh hay. :)

I was about to ask if you knew anyone, but it looks like you're in the midwest and I'm west coast. Thanks for the advice.
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[User Picture]From: sparklekitten29
2011-01-16 05:57 am (UTC)
i dunno what parts stores edgar_suit is using, folks at mine are completely useless at answering any question that isn't on the computer screen in front of them (but the prices are good).

i'm willing to bet the quote is 500ish for a new bumper cover, and 500ish for paint. no bodyshop is going to want to deal with trying to bondo a plastic piece like that.

suggest calling the local office of a reputable insurance company, asking them who they use for bodywork. another good option is to call a high-end car stereo place in the area, ask who they recommend for custom paint, then ask *that* guy what body shop he uses.

or, y'know, talk to your friend, apologize profusely, and beg to epoxy the missing piece back in place, cover it with the bumper sticker of hir choice, and buy dinners/ booze/ oil changes/ whatever for the next decade.
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[User Picture]From: lindaross
2012-11-22 08:09 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing
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