If you need some work done on your vehicle, you may want to consider what type of auto repair shop you need. While there are many places that can work on any problem the auto may have, this is not always the best option. Before you go to a dealership or a big chain, all-encompassing auto shop, contact a specialty shop. Here are a few advantages to this type of auto service.
If your car is having transmission problems and you take your vehicle to a transmission shop, you can be sure that there is going to be a mechanic who can do the work there. Sometimes, dealerships or bigger shops have one or two mechanics to work on each different type of problem. If it happens to be the transmission mechanic's day off or there are a few other vehicles with tranny problems ahead of you, you are going to have to wait for them to get to your car.
Rebuilt Parts Available
A shop that specifies in one or two types of repairs is more apt to have rebuilt parts available than a dealership will have. These parts are not just simply used. A rebuilt part has been completely cleaned and repaired so that it is like new. They are usually much less expensive to buy, too. If you have an older vehicle, a rebuilt part is often easier to find than a new part. You may also be able to get a discount on the whole job if the mechanic feels they can take your current bad part and rebuild it for a future customer. They may also be able to take yours apart and use some of the pieces elsewhere. You will not have to worry about a rebuilt part failing any time soon, but if there is a problem, the shop will have some type of guarantee and warranty on it so you can have it replaced/repaired at no additional cost.
Go ahead and talk to a dealership about your repair needs. Call one of the all-purpose shops and ask for a quote, too. Then, before you make your final decision, go to a specialty auto repair shop and see what they have to say. Whether it is a local, private shop or a big-name franchise, you might find that going with a specialist makes the most sense and saves you some money.