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The United States is a nation of automobiles. Hundreds of thousands of cars are driving down the back roads and highways of our nation every day, but unfortunately, they do not all get to their intended destination. Autos are full of several different components and controlled by humans. At some point that human will make an error and cause an accident or one of those components will break and be in need of repair. When you get into an accident or if your auto breaks down, it will be time to get that auto to an auto repair shop. Auto repair can be a tricky thing, but the more you know, the more likely you are to have a pleasant experience. That’s why we want to present you with some key things to know about auto repair.

3 Things to Know About Auto Repair

Take Your Auto to an Expert in Your Unique Vehicle

You wouldn’t go to a dermatologist for an issue with your kidneys, so why would you go to an auto repair shop that isn’t experienced in your vehicle? With so many types of makes and models on the market, it’s important to make sure the mechanic or body shop has experience with your type of vehicle.

The Auto Repair World is Full of Amateurs

When you start your search for an auto repair expert you will likely have dozens of results within your local area. Your first step will be to weed out any amateur mechanics or “alleyway” mechanics. The best way to do this is to check if the business is registered as a certified mechanic in your state, and it certainly doesn’t hurt if they are registered with the Better Business Bureau. Avoid unlicensed mechanics at all costs or your simple fix could become an expensive issue.

You Are Entitled to a Written and Accurate Estimate

Before you have any work done, you should make sure you receive an accurate estimate. This estimate should document the work to be performed and at what cost. Also ask the auto repair shop what they do if they encounter a problem or issue that was not on your estimate. You should never give pre-approval for additional work not thoroughly documented on the estimate.

If you choose an auto repair shop that knows how to work with your vehicle, is licensed by the city or state, and gives accurate estimates, you are well on your way to getting your vehicle like new.

Special thanks to the auto repair experts at Colorado Collision Repair for this helpful guide.

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Melissa Popp is Director of Digital Engagement for Altitude SEO, a boutique agency helping small businesses win with content online. As a digital strategist with a passion for technology and travel, she coaches her partners to connect with their audience through experience optimization, with the goal of retaining more loyal visitors, creating brand ambassadors, and increasing conversion goals. She can be found online writing for About Travel, TechNorms, and The Emmys. Past clients include Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Samsung.