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Is It Safe to Drop Off Your Car at the Shop?

If you’re like most people these days, you have a full schedule to contend with. Work, social obligations, and family commitments are all angling for their fair share of your attention. As a result, when in need of service for your vehicle you may choose to drop it off at the auto body shop and pick it up later when it’s ready.

While convenient, is this really a good idea? Can you really trust that an auto body shop will take the proper steps to fix your vehicle while you’re away? Here are a few things to keep in mind when dropping your vehicle off at the shop.

The Downside of Waiting

Some vehicle owners believe that waiting around at the shop is the best course of action. After all, if the mechanic has a question for you about your vehicle, you’ll be right there to answer it. You’ll also be able to keep your eye on the work process. Wasted time is often a concern for customers when shops charge by the hour, and many believe their presence will prevent overcharges.

If you’re concerned your mechanic is ripping you off, it’s time to make a switch. A reliable auto body shop will perform the same quality of work, whether you’re present or not. Additionally, a mechanic won’t hesitate to reach out to you if they have questions.

There are few other reasons why waiting for your vehicle is not the best idea. It could take the mechanic many hours, or even a full workday, to complete repairs. If so, the time spent waiting could ultimately be wasted if you’ll only need to return to pick up your vehicle the next business day. Waiting for you vehicle to be completed will also get quite boring, even if the shop is conscientious about providing things like coffee or TV in the waiting room.

Why Dropping Off Is Best

When you work with a skilled auto repair shop, you won’t need to worry about the quality of repairs and service. A trusted mechanic will provide a price quote before work begins so you know exactly what to expect. A good repair specialist will also contact you if the price increases, which can sometimes happen when there is hidden damage that isn’t identifiable at first glance.

If you must wait for your vehicle, isn’t it better to wait at home? Even if repairs are completed quickly, you’ll still be more comfortable in your own home as opposed to an auto shop waiting room. If your repairs are expected to be completed within an hour or two, you can also feel free to grab a bite to eat until your vehicle is ready.

Our team at ABC Paint & Body know our customers care deeply about their vehicles. That’s why our auto body repair professionals are committed to performing excellent work, whether we have your vehicle for a few hours or overnight. We also tackle other types of repairs, including brake inspection and vehicle maintenance, so your car will be like new again after service.

Call (575) 524-2004 today for more information scheduling repair service at our Las Cruces shop. You can also feel free to contact us if you’d like to learn more about our services. We even take the guesswork out of insurance repairs so you can remain at ease.