TAMPA (WTOC) - Last year, AAA
helped more than 28 million drivers with roadside assistance.
half or 58 percent of those drivers were able to get their vehicle repaired where
it broke down, according to AAA. But data show 12 million driver still needed
to have their vehicle towed to a repair shop.
recommends research a repair facility before you need major repair work. "When
you have a disabled vehicle and have to have it towed to a repair shop, that is
not the optimal time to start shopping around for a mechanic you can trust,"
said Pete Candela, manager of Approved Auto Repair for AAA - The Auto Club
Group, in a statement. "At that point it is almost too late because you are
without your car and the average repair cost is around $400, which can put many
car owners in a compromising situation."
recommends getting a second opinion if consumers are uncomfortable with a recommended
repair or aren't sure about the price quote.
important that a vehicle owner trust the place they take their car for routine
maintenance so they can feel confident when it comes time for major repairs,
according to AAA.
these guidelines for choosing an auto repair shop:
clean, well-organized repair facility reflects attention to detail and an
effort to maintain a professional image.
facility should employ qualified technicians who are trained on an ongoing
basis on the latest technology.
repair shops will have up-to-date service equipment and repair data to
repair information; or an on-site service information library of CD/DVD
shops offer at least a 12-month/12,000-mile parts and labor warranty.
repair place should have a comfortable waiting area and clean restrooms.
can locate nearby AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities online at AAA.com/Repair.