How To Avoid Being Ripped Off By Panel Beaters
Want to Multiply the Damage and Hassle of a Car Smash?
Many fly-by-night panel beaters seem like a great deal, until the poor workmanship reveals that you get what you pay for. If you want to avoid being ripped off or having a poor job done on your vehicle, then you need to pay close attention to the entire auto repair process, from start to finish.
Even before you are in a smash, it is a good idea to understand the ins and outs of your insurance coverage. Knowing exactly what is covered is key, as well as understanding any other perks you are entitled to. Best case scenario, you also want to have an insurance provider who lets you choose your own panel beater.
After your smash, you have the task of choosing a panel beater to repair your car. If you don’t feel knowledgeable about the auto repair process, enlist the aid of a friend or family member who does – to help you manage the repair.
Finding the Right Panel Beater
You want to find a panel beater with a good reputation and a long time in the auto body repair business. Do your research: talk to past customers, read reviews and check into the history of all the shops you are considering.
You want to make sure that the owners haven’t “Phoenixed,” meaning they opened a new smash repair shop under a different name after the old one was closed.
Experts recommend that you get at least three quotes from various panel beaters, and you should be suspicious of any quotes that are much lower than the others; a quality auto repair takes time, effort and uses expensive materials and equipment.
Benefits of Choosing a Good Panel Beater
Finding a reputable auto body repair shop that has been in the business for a long time will serve you well in many ways.
- For one, you won’t have to worry about the common rip-off issues that create a bad name for less reputable panel beaters. For instance, you won’t have to worry about being overcharged because you aren’t knowledgeable about car repair or about having second-hand or even stolen parts being used to fix your vehicle and then being charged for new parts.
- Secondly, a reputable company won’t cover up damages or problems; they will fix them because they have a good reputation to uphold.
Experts in the industry recommend that you use an auto body repair shop that also does auto body paint spraying, so you won’t have to be concerned about one shop blaming problems on the other. PJ’s Panels does both.
- You want to check that the panel beater’s employees have trade school qualifications, meaning they are trained and certified to work on your vehicle.
- You want to ensure that the panel beater you choose uses the best materials and techniques. Then, you won’t have to be concerned about the poor preparation and stripping back that looks good due to a great paint job but will deteriorate as time goes by and rust that was not taken care of shows through.
You won’t have to be concerned about mismatched colours between old paint and the new paint due to poor techniques. PJ’s Panels uses only the highest quality paints, using the latest state of the art paint system. All of our staff has trade certificates and their high commitment to excellence means they use only the best techniques for repairing and repainting your vehicle.
Next, you want a panel beater who works with you every step of the way. Only a experienced panel beater will help you to decide if you want your vehicle returned to its pre-smash state or if you want to upgrade and have your vehicle roll out looking like it just came off the showroom floor, and then they will give you a free estimate for that job. Ask about the company’s workmanship guarantee; don’t use any panel beater that won’t give you a guarantee that the job will be done right.
Then, once you have found a great panel beater’s—such as PJ’s Panels—there are some other tips that will help you to feel in the loop and calm your fears of being ripped off.
PJ’s Panels have a great reputation and many years in business. They use only quality parts and materials, state-of-the-art techniques, and they have trade certifications.
Best of all, they have a lifetime guarantee on their work, and they will work with you every step of the way.
Contact PJ’s Panels for quality auto body repair that is guaranteed!
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