How Do I Choose the Best Auto Paint Shop?

It's best to ask to see samples of work and references before choosing an auto paint shop.
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Finding an auto paint shop can be a very difficult process. Though there are often dozens available, they may vary dramatically in price and ability. In order to find the best one, it is important to first evaluate the work of the shop in question and determine whether or not it will be able to perform the job required. In addition, get an idea of how long it will take the shop to perform the service, as well as the cost associated with completing the job. Looking at all of your options before choosing and asking people you know for recommendations may help you make the best choice.

First, you'll need to get an idea of the kind of work that the auto paint shop does on a regular basis. Start by visiting several shops in your area and asking for photos or examples of paint jobs that are similar to the type of work that you need done. In addition, ask for a list of possible references that you can contact in order to get a thorough review of the shop's work. In most cases, reputable businesses should have no problem providing this information.


Find out how long the business expects to take to complete the job. Depending on the difficulty of the job, the time can range substantially. Simple jobs, however, should take no more than a few days to complete. Complete repaints and more complicated jobs can, in some cases, take a week or more. Shops that claim a job will take an excessively long or surprisingly short period of time to complete may indicate a business whose work is not up to par, and should, in some cases, be avoided.

It is also important to get an idea of what the paint shop will charge for your job. As with the time period for the completion of the job, costs can vary dramatically. While price should not be the sole factor on which you make a decision, it should play a substantial role. This is especially important if you expect to use the same auto paint shop for several jobs.


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