What to Look for in a Body Painter
If you are looking for a body painter, start by shopping and comparing. Go beyond the lowest quote to find what will best meet your needs. How do you know which workshop to entrust your vehicle to? Do you automatically choose the cheapest estimate or are there several criteria to consider when selecting a body painter?
How to Choose the Right Body Painter:
Here are some helpful tips when it comes to choosing a body painter:
- Reputation - A positive reputation says a lot about a workshop. A call to the Office de la protection du consommateur can help you determine the reputation of the workshop. You can also ask around. Sometimes your friends, family, and other acquaintances can recommend confidence workshops. You won't always choose the biggest or best-known workshop. It often happens that small family workshops offer more competitive prices.
- Location, Location, Location - Auto body shops usually charge labor rates based on years of experience and location. As a general rule, the more posh the neighborhood where the workshop is located, the higher you can expect the hourly labor rate to be (although this is not always the case). It's because they know their high-end clientele can afford it.
- Educate Yourself - You should always educate yourself and get quotes from various body shops before you make your choice. While a shop can offer you a significantly lower estimate, that doesn't mean they're automatically the best choice. Is the workshop as well known or trusted as the others? The worst thing that can happen to you is to get ripped off by an unscrupulous workshop that won't fix issues properly.
- Make an Informed Choice -Don't go blindly! Be prepared to research and ask the right questions. Does this workshop provide a written warranty? Most workshops should at least offer a one year warranty. Sometimes you should be wary of those who offer a lifetime warranty. Does this workshop have the right certifications and years of experience? Does this workshop have fire or theft insurance in the event that your vehicle is destroyed, stolen or broken into? What types of parts does this store use for repairs: new, used or recycled? How many coats of paint and gloss finish does this shop usually use? It is best to have a clear understanding of what the work will consist of before any work is done,
- Trust Your Instincts - This is an important factor in choosing an auto body shop, which is often overlooked. If the garage isn't occupied, do you think it's because it has a bad reputation? If it's dirty, does that reflect on the quality of the work they do? How is the customer service? If you have any doubts about the workshop, go with your gut and choose someone else.