If you suspect the transmission might be the source of the problems you are having with your vehicle, then finding a qualified transmission specialist who can look at your car is a great first step. When you are looking for a reputable and qualified shop to take on the work, you can find the best value by asking the right questions. With that in mind, here are 3 questions to ask different technicians.
Do You Offer a Free Estimate?
Look for a company that will provide you with a free estimate. Many companies will run a series of tests on your car, perhaps even leaving you without a car for a few hours or even all day while they perform these tests. Some of these companies will then stick you with a bill for the tests that they had to do, regardless of whether you want them to actually proceed with the work or not.
Work with a company that gives you the chance to find out what the problem is and then make an informed decision after you have compared similar bids against each other. The company you work with should always provide you with an estimate for how much the work will cost first.
How Long Have You Been in Business?
There might be many businesses out there that perhaps are qualified to do the work, but do not have the relevant experience and background to really do a great job. Look for a company with several years of relevant experience working with transmissions. In particular, the company you work with should have experience fixing the same problem that you are experiencing with your vehicle.
How Long Will It Take to Do the Repair?
If you have to be without a car, you should know in advance how long you would need to find alternative transportation. Another thing you will want to find out is whether the company offers a loaner car service, so that if they are working on your vehicle for a while, you will still be able to get around town at your convenience.