Tips for Choosing the Right Body Shop after a Car Accident

While in a perfect world no one would ever need the services of a body shop, but we all know that the world we live in is not a perfect one. In the real world, accidents do happen, and when they do it is important to choose the fight body shop to get your car back to looking like new.

Choosing the right body shop is important not only for the good looks of your car but for its safety as well. A well repaired car will be as safe as the day it first rolled off the assembly line, while a poorly repaired car may be dangerous to drive. It is important to choose a body shop that uses genuine manufacturer parts (not those that are from discounted auto parts stores and such) and whose staff is capable of putting all the pieces of your car back just the way they were.

When dealing with the insurance company, it is important to keep in mind that most states give consumers the right to choose their own body shop for needed repairs. While insurance companies may try to steer their customers to preferred body shops, consumers can and should do some research on their own in order to find the best match for their needs. Many insurance companies have been caught doing illegal and shady repairs to cut down on their expenses, one of which was mentioned here in this CNN Money article.

One of the best ways to find the perfect body shop is simply to ask around. Asking family members, friends and coworkers is a good way to get some recommendations about which body shops are the best. It is important to solicit these individuals for advice on which body shops do the best work. If you know someone who has recently been in an accident, you may want to ask them about their experience, and about which body shop did the work on their vehicle.

As you are evaluating different body shops, it is important to take a good look around, looking on YELP and Angie’s List are good places to find bodyshops. The shop should be neat and tidy, not dirty and disorganized. It is also important to look for various industry certifications and certificates held by the employees of the company. These certifications will help to ensure that the work will be of the highest quality. There have been many instances where body shops have been caught using improper techniques and have been caught on tape doing it like this video below:

It is important to look for certain pieces of equipment as you tour the shop, preferably accompanied by the owner of the facility. A modern body shop should include a paint spray booth and a modern frame machine (used to measure an pull the body of the vehicle). The owner of the body shop should be proud to show you around the shop; if he or she is reluctant to show you around, it should serve as a big red flag. You can even go 1-step further and find a car inspection company in your area that will look over the car and give you the run down if it was fixed correctly!

When evaluating body shops, it is a good idea to talk directly to the owner of the shop. It is fine to get an estimate from a worker, or to have a technician answer specific questions, but talking directly to the owner may give you a better feel for the quality of the shop and what they are capable of. It is important to discuss your insurance claim and the rules and regulations governing the repair. It is also important, of course, to get several different estimates in order to make sure you are getting the best value for the money.

Auto Repair Franchise That Feels Like A Spa – What A Concept!

Hardwood floors, leather couches, artwork and decorative lighting – what sounds like a cozy family room or lobby in a posh hotel is actually the waiting room of one of more than 50 auto repair franchises across the country that is on track to grow to175 locations in the next five to seven years.

The rapidly expanding chain is operated by Christian Brothers Automotive Corporation, a faith-based company that goes against the grain of the traditional franchise model by offering franchisees an annual salary package of more than $70,000, including comprehensive family health insurance and a 50 percent share in store profits. The franchisor also manages each store’s accounting, human resources and real estate functions—owning both the land and building housing each unit.

They are primarily a mechanic shop that does in-house automotive work on vehicles – as for out-of-shop services, such as car inspections (which usually happen before you buy a Car), you can easily find mobile mechanics or folks who will do that for you outside of the norm.

With its upscale home-charm décor and emphasis on honesty and integrity, Christian Brothers Automotive Corporation has created a “positive culture shock” in the marketplace, particularly among women who are used to the dirty, dingy image of auto shops and questionable practices.

As a result, the nation’s franchise investors are taking notice – CBAC is on target to take the franchise system from 52 to 175 locations during the next five to seven years, doubling the number of store openings from approximately eight per year, to more than 16 new stores a year.

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“Historically, the automotive repair industry has been plagued by negative perceptions, and women are traditionally more hesitant about the car service experience because of the dishonesty often associated with the industry,” said Mark Carr, CBAC founder and CEO. “CBAC exists to challenge the norm by insisting on quality, fairness and first-rate customer service at all times. And since women make up the majority of our customers, we go the extra mile to make them feel comfortable and at home.”

Established in 1982 as a result of Carr’s ambition to give Houston-area car owners a pleasant, professional and clean automotive service experience, CBAC’s expansion plans include opening several new locations in Florida, Colorado, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas. New franchises are already in development in St. Louis, Missouri, Tampa, Florida and Little Rock, Arkansas. Currently, CBAC operates in eight states including Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Mississippi, Kansas, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

Four Star Pizza Announces 200 New Irish Jobs As Recession Bites

Four Star Pizza, the wholly Irish owned franchise based pizza company, will create 200 jobs over the next eleven months, with the opening of ten new franchise locations. The expansion will bring the number of Four Star outlets to 46 across the Republic and Northern Ireland. The new stores are being opened in locations stretching from Co Wexford to Co Antrim and include Letterkenny, Cavan, Dundalk, Blanchardstown, Ballymun, Leixlip, Newry, Armagh, Omagh, and Wexford.

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According to Jason Sheehy, CEO of the Bray, County Wicklow based master franchiser, franchisees report a strong pick-up in sales since the recession began to bite, with many families staying at home and ordering delivered pizzas instead of going out to restaurant.


Two largest hot-pot restaurant chain eye IPO

China’s two largest hot-pot restaurant chain operators are planning to go public as soon as next year to raise about HK$3 billion between them, extending their competition from the dining tables to equity markets.

Little Sheep, arguably the country’s most profitable hot-pot restaurant chain, aims to raise up to HK$2 billion in an initial public offering in Hong Kong while smaller rival Little Lamb is poised to raise up to RMB 1 billion in Shanghai, senior officials told the South China Morning Post.

littlesheep restuarant IPO

Little sheep is becoming particularily popular with folks who have migrated over to the USA from Asian countries and are looking to enjoy Dim-Sum and spicy foods that they might be accustomed too over sees.

Prices vary from $20 – $50 per person, depending on the amount of food you order and side dishes as well. Since the global expansion of the brand, they are consistently opening up new locations for different market segments throughout not only the U.S, but the rest of the world as well.

Locations include the following:

  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
    Chicago (Grand Opening)
  • New Jersey
  • New York & Massachusetts
    Flushing, NY
    Cambridge, MA (Happy Lamb)
  • Northern California
    Union City
    San Mateo
    Mountain View (Grand Opening)
    San Francisco
  • Southern California
    Hacienda Heights
    San Diego
    San Gabriel
  • Texas
    Houston (Bellaire Blvd.)
    Houston (Westheimer Rd.)
    Grand Prairie
    Austin (Coming Soon)
  • Washington & Oregon
    Seattle, WA
    Bellevue, WA
    Beaverton, OR (Grand Opening)

As well canadian locations too:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Ontario
    Toronto (Warden Ave)
    Toronto (Downtown)

Great Video about their recent opening in Bellevue Washington

Founded in Baotou and using a franchising business model, both Little Sheep and Little Lamb seek to boost their reserves as they fight for a bigger slice of the food and catering market in their home turf and overseas, such as in North America and Japan.