How to Select an Auto Body Shop

Dec 7, 2017 1 min read

Whether it’s for routine maintenance or replacing your fender after that accident, finding an auto body shop can be daunting. These guidelines can help you choose a reputable business.

When you’ve been in an accident, getting back on the road is a top priority. But, it can be difficult finding an auto body shop you trust. From avoiding shoddy work to long delays, you want to find a company that’ll get the job done right without costing you a fortune. It’s an important choice because for most of us our car is our second biggest investment after our home.

So, how should you select an auto body shop? Use these guidelines to get matched up with a reputable business:


Always look for an auto body repair shop that hires technicians with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collison Repair (I-CAR) certifications. These are industry organizations that train and certify collision repair technicians and auto mechanics to adhere to a strict set of industry standards.

Customer Satisfaction

Always take the time to look at the shop’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating and whether or not they’re recommended by AAA. These ratings give you an indication of how satisfied other customers have been with the shop.

A Respectable Warranty

If an auto body shop doesn’t offer a clearly stated warranty of its work, beware. A trustworthy shop will stand by its work and some might even offer a lifetime workmanship warranty.

Insurance Preferred Auto Repair Shop Programs

Find out if your insurance company has an approved list of shops its worked with in the past. This is one easy way to narrow your choices down. At Farm Bureau Financial Services, we offer a Preferred Auto Repair Shop program. Each of the repair shops in our Preferred Auto Shop Program has been screened and pre-approved and is guaranteed to provide high quality repairs. These repairs are even guaranteed for as long as you own your vehicle. In fact, we make it so simple that we’ve simplified the claims process, too. When you participate in the Preferred Auto Repair Shop Program, you’ll only need to obtain one estimate, service is expedited and simplified billing means we’ll pay the repair shop directly. 

Coverage Unlike the Others

Finding an auto body shop can be tricky, but making sure you’ve got the right insurance coverage is easy when you meet with your local Farm Bureau agent. Your agent will help you customize your coverage to fit your specific needs, and when accidents happen, they’ll be there to get you back on the road fast! Learn more.

Want to learn more?

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