If your pride and joy has a dent or scratch, or you’ve been in an accident and have more significant damage, there are no shortage of panel beaters to choose in Adelaide for repairs. However, not all panel beaters are created equal.
How do you choose the best panel beaters for you? How do you choose a business that will get you back on the road as quickly as possible, with a quality service at a reasonable price?
Choosing a panel beater in Adelaide
1. Your insurance policy
Our first tip requires action long before your car is damaged. That’s to take out an insurance policy that allows you to choose your repairer. Some don’t and you could be stuck with an Adelaide panel beater that’s not in your local area and isn’t reliable. You could also have to wait longer for repairs.
3. Do your research
A good starting point when you need any service is to research online. Search for ‘panel beaters in Adelaide’ or ‘panel beaters near me’. Don’t just look at the potential providers’ websites. Read customer reviews and testimonials.
4. Ask friends and family
Even better, ask friends and family for recommendations. Learning about their personal experiences can be better than reading a review online.
5. Experience, qualifications and accreditations
When you’ve narrowed down your list of panel beaters, find out about aspects such as experience, qualifications and accreditations.
6. Visit their workshop
Don’t be afraid to go and visit the workshops of one or two crash repairers. A well-equipped and clean facility, with modern tools and equipment, doesn’t guarantee a good job, but it certainly is a sign of the professionalism of the panel beaters.
7. Written quote
Get a detailed, written quote on what it will cost to undertake repairs. This will allow you to compare quotes.
8. How long will it take
Ask how long it will take to repair your vehicle.
9. Warranty on workmanship
Find out whether your potential panel beater offers a warranty on workmanship. They should, and it should be more than a few months or a year.
10. Insurance company experience
Ask the panel beaters about their experience in working with insurance companies and whether they repair vehicles on behalf of all or most insurance companies. A panel beater with experience will make the claims process much smoother.
11. Customer service
When you’re getting a quote, asking about warranties and how long it will take to repair your vehicle, take note of the customer service you receive. If it’s professional, you can be confident that the customer service will meet your expectations throughout the process.
12. Do you feel comfortable with them
Above all, trust your instincts when you’re carrying out your research. If you feel comfortable with a panel beater and are confident in their abilities and professionalism, you’ve probably found the best fit for you.
One step to the best panel beaters in Adelaide
If you don’t have time to follow the above 11 steps, here’s a shortcut to finding the best panel beaters in Adelaide. Simply bring your car to Welland Crash Repairs.
Welland Crash Repairs is an Adelaide family-owned business that’s been providing panel beater services for nearly 50 years. In that time, we’ve helped countless customers get their pride and joys back on the road, with quality crash repairs.