How to Avoid Towing and Auto Repair Scammers

A towing operator is basically a rescuer who lends a helping hand when your vehicle breaks down on the road, or you had some serious road accident. Therefore, towing services are an invaluable and essential business that serves the general public. Nevertheless, there are some scam towing companies with serious unethical and illegitimate practices that would worsen your situation and make you end up with a terrible towing experience.

The purpose of this article is to properly educate you on how to avoid and protect yourself against companies with such unscrupulous acts because we understand the importance of being well acquainted about the kinds of towing scams.

  • Most dishonest towing companies would directly tow the damaged vehicle to their shop so they can get paid for that, instead of towing it to a vehicle repair shop.
  • Some towing operators would park your vehicle on a private property and not release it until you pay the inflating service charge.
  • A common scam involves an unauthorized person with a false company name and papers getting you convinced with sweet talks about how they can get your damaged car to their repair shop. You’ll most likely never see your car again.

Preventive measures to take….

  • Confirm the documents of the company you are hiring: we recommend you confirm all essential documents such as the insurance papers, license and other papers that would guarantee the credibility of such a company.
  • Sign a contract agreement: sign an agreement that includes all the details of the company, i.e., total service cost, number of required operators for the job, the type of towing vehicle to be used etc. This way, the company can’t slap you with unforeseen charges and won’t even be able to scam you.
  • Stay away from body shop referrals: only creepy towing companies would refer you to a particular vehicle repair shop or a body shop. So, it is advisable to stay away from such companies. It is better to get referrals from a family, friend or check reviews online.

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Guide to Choose a Professional Auto Repair Shop

We all know that when it comes to auto repairs, you need to make sure that you are choosing the most experienced person for repairing your vehicle. There are too many people out there that are saying that they have the experience for repairing your vehicle, but then you end up with a vehicle more damaged than repaired. This is why you should make sure that you know and follow this guide in choosing the best auto repair professional:

Read your service contract first

Before you can send your vehicle to any repair service, you need to make sure what the vehicle’s service contract is saying. Are you allowed to repair your vehicle at just any repair service, or should you take your car to the agents for repairs?

The moment that you are not knowing what your contract is saying and you take your car to another repair service, you might lose the warranty on your vehicle. 

Going to an auto repair company

Don’t take your vehicle to a back-yard mechanic that claiming that they have experienced. This isn’t going to be the best thing to do. It is always better to rather use an auto repair company that have the license, insurance and the qualified workers to do the job.

You might think that a back-yard mechanic is cheaper, but at the end of the day, you are going to pay a lot more if he mechanic is making a mess of the repair.

Getting a quote

By taking your vehicle to an auto repair service without getting a quote first can be costly. You have the right to ask them for a quote before you can give the go ahead to repair the vehicle according to the quote.

There are some scammers out there that will send you an expensive invoice if you didn’t ask for a quote beforehand. And, you might end up paying too much or not have the amount of money to pay for the repairs.

Make sure that they are using genuine parts

The last thing that you need to make sure about, is that they are going to use genuine parts. You can ask them to show you the parts that they are going to repair your vehicle with. If they are using cheaper parts, you might get a cheaper quote, but you will need to repair that fault again, just after a couple of months.

You have the right to ask them to install a certain brand part into the vehicle, if this is what you want. And, you can ask to see the part that they replaced before you pay for the repairs.

There is nothing more important when you take your vehicle for repairs, as to choose the best auto repair company for doing the repairs. Repairing your vehicle can cost a lot of money, especially using a trustworthy company, but at the end of the day you will have a vehicle that is as good as new. Don’t let the first person repair your vehicle, when you are desperate to get it repaired. 

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