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A Guide to Choosing the Right Japanese Auto Service Garage

You’ll start looking for a reliable auto service garage once your car starts experiencing trouble. Since the level of service and cost of repairs varies widely from one garage to another, it’s important that you know how to choose the best one. If you have a Japanese car, find a an auto repair service that specializes in Japanese cars, including Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Hyundai, Lexus, Acura, Infiniti, Nissan, etc.

The tips below should come in handy if you’re looking for a good Japanese auto service shop in your area.

Ask around
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You probably have a friend or family member who’s had their car repaired in the recent past. Ask them about the car repair service they used. How would they rate the quality of service? Word-of-mouth is usually powerful proof of a business’ ability to satisfy its customers. People won’t usually recommend a service unless their experience with it was good. Even if a certain shop isn’t that big or popular, you’ll be happy that someone recommended it to you the moment you get there.
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Check online reviews

Perhaps you did get a good recommendation from friends or family, but you find that your make isn’t covered by the auto service shop. This is when you’ll need to turn to another version of word-of-mouth: online reviews. Browse through consumer reviews on sites such as Angie’s List, where you’ll find many customer comments on different repair shops in your locality. Pay attention to the customers’ complaints, and judge for yourself if they’re valid.

Size of operation

A large auto repair garage will have higher overhead costs, which will likely result in higher prices for their services. It’s also unlikely that they offer the same level of attention you’ll find at smaller, family-owned operations. In many smaller shops, you’ll find that the owner does some of the car repairs himself, so you can expect greater care and attention for your car. Not all large-scale operations are going to be bad of course, but a smaller operation is what you should go for if you want a more personalized experience.

Get several estimates

Before choosing a service shop, drive around to different repair shops to get their quotes. In that way, you can avoid overpaying for repair work, and you could indeed make significant savings. Don’t, however, choose a shop based solely on their pricing. If you must avoid the costs of repair resulting from poor workmanship, quality of services must come first.

Finally you must not shy away from asking important questions. Ask about warranties–how much do they cover, and for how long? Do they use new or used body parts for their repair services?