When your vehicle needs to have body work completed, you'll have to find the right shop for the job. Though you might think that all auto body shops are alike, there are some key factors that you need to consider before entrusting your vehicle to one. Keep the following in mind when doing your research:

1. Get Several Estimates
Don't settle for taking your vehicle to the first shop that you get an estimate from. Doing so means that you won't have any way to make a comparison. Getting several different estimates from body shops in the area gives you a starting point. It's important to not make your choice based on price alone.

2. Ask for Recommendations
Ask people that you trust where they take their vehicles to have body work done. If they haven't had any body work, ask if they've heard good things about a particular shop. Chances are that you'll hear the same name come up time and again in regards to high-quality work and fair prices.

3. Ask Questions
Of course, you want your vehicle's exterior to look great again. Does the shop offer a warranty on their warranty though? While a minimum warranty period of one year is standard, a body shop might offer more expansive terms. Be sure to ask what the warranty covers.

You'll also want to know what types of materials the body shop is going to use. While new parts are probably available, it's possible that used and aftermarket parts can save you money without compromising quality. Ask the body shop about their protocol.

How long has the body shop been in business? Is it a respected member of the community? Does it carry adequate insurance in the event of a fire, theft or some other unforeseen occurrence?

4. Inventory the Shop
A shop that has an extensive front office staff might need to increase their prices to cover the overhead. Shops that are large have higher rents and energy costs which are likely passed on to you, their customer. Smaller shops tend to operate in a more lean manner with less waste and fewer frivolous expenses.

Minnetonka Collision is an owner operated body shop that offers a lifetime warranty on our services. We take pride in getting to know our customers because they become our extended family. We invite you to visit us today for a free estimate.