Back to School

So, it’s almost September, and the kids are heading back to school. If you’re like our shop owner JR, you might be dealing with a whole new reality: his eldest is off to college soon. To start his own life. With his own car. In another city.

Yes, we’re talking to a very select group of customers. Your children are off to start their own lives, for the first time. It’s time to trust that you’ve given them all the tools they need to succeed.

Yet there are simple life tools, that we can’t possibly expect them to have in their first years, starting out. Some of these may be budgeting, cooking, keeping their own house clean, and, of course, taking care of their own car.

We wrote this blog to help you out with the last one. It is a great idea to look into competent technicians when you visit your child’s college. This is something that they probably won’t think of, and they might not know what to look for. If you won’t have time to do this during your visit, you can always share this list with them.

What to look for in an automotive repair shop for your kids:

  • Make absolutely sure that they offer a warranty on all of their repairs.
  • Check their reviews, are they reputable?
  • Do they have many certifications displayed for more than one person.
  • The shop should have a clean, professional appearance, and so should all of the employees and technicians. Hint: check out their restroom. Is it nice and clean?
  • How many years have they been in business? Ideally? Decades.
  • What kind of parts do they use? Do they specifically speak to the fact that these parts are high-quality?
  • How do you feel when you talk to them? Do you feel taken care of? Do they seem confident on what they say?
  • Convenience. Do they offer rides? Can your child get to school when they drop off the car?

Remember: Price is not the first thing to look for when it comes to your child’s safety or any vehicle for that matter. You won’t go to Payless to buy them running shoes. Really think about what parts are going into the car and who the people are who are putting those parts in. You may save 10% at another shop, but the most important consideration is how much you trust in the repairs. For most American’s, a car is our second largest investment. It’s important to take care of it!