Nov 18 2014

How to Find the Right Transmission Repair Shop

car repairIt’s very easy to think that if you’ve seen one transmission repair shop; you’ve seen them all. After all, how bad can it be in finding a transmission repair shop? Indeed, in certain industrial sections of your town or city, there are probably transmission repair shops for blocks on end. In certain sections, they seem to everywhere. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that just because transmission repair services seem to be a dime a dozen that they are all basically the same. As you probably already know, this is far from the case. Just as there are great hairstylist and lousy hairstylist as well as excellent lawyers and absolutely horrible lawyers, there are professional transmission repair shops and not so professional ones. Here are some tips to help you find the right transmission repair shop. Step 1: Find local providers Thanks to the huge number of mobile phones and tablets, it’s very easy to find local providers of transmission repair services in your area. In fact, you don’t even have to zip across town to find the right transmission repair shop. Things are so localized with Google search that you can find a transmission repair service right in the district where you are located in your city. This is amazing news because for the longest time, you would have to go across town to find local service providers. Using Google local search, you save time, money, and gas by finding super local providers. Step 2: Check local reviews This is very important. Now that you’ve found a purely local provider, the next step is to make sure that people who have actually used that service had a good experience. What’s the point of saving gas and time by picking a service that’s down the street from you when that service provider is completely horrible? In many cases, you are probably going to waste a lot of time and money dealing with such a service provider than if you have gotten into your car and zip all the way to the other end of the city for a transmission job well done. Check with local reviews regarding the local service provider. Keep in mind that just because somebody posted a negative review doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t go to that service provider. It’s only in cases where all the reviews or almost all the reviews are negative that you should skip that particular provider. Step 3: Check local BBB listings Always make sure to check with your local Better Business Bureau regarding transmission repair shops. This is actually the kind of service that BBB listings were made for. Make no mistake about it, if people have been encountering serious problems with a particular transmission repair shop, there would be at least one negative BBB listing regarding that shop. Never forget to check local BBB listings. Step 4: Call and ask for warranties Always ask for a warranty. Depending on the state you live in, by law, the transmission repair shop should give you some kind of warranty. However, some warranties are better than others. It’s always a good idea to go with a shop that offers you the longest and broadest warranty possible. At the very least, this tells you that they are so confident in their work that they would basically spend time and money backing up their work. That says volumes regarding the amount of confidence you should place on their work. Step 5: Cross-reference with social network In the beginning of this process, you probably had a long list of super local providers. At this stage, your list has really gotten very short. Now, you need to get through one more stage of list shortening, and this involves asking your friends on Facebook if they’ve used a certain provider. Ask for their feedback. Nine times out of ten, people have used a particular provider, and you should then have all the information you need to make a truly informed decision as to the professional transmission repair shop you should go with.