I’ve been thinking it would be great to learn auto body repair so I could drive my own vintage muscle car. Somehow it just would not feel the same to drive it if I hired all the work out to someone else. On the other hand, it might be done better if by a more experienced body man, but that is what a hobby is about, isn’t it?
Look for the door sag. Open the door and close it slowly just stopping as it is about to touch the latch. In case the door is too high or too low for the opening then lift the door from the bottom below the handle. In case the door moves too much before it moves, then open the door completely and check the hinges for loose bolts or noticeable movement in hinges. For moving the door up, down, forward and backward, the hinge bolts on the body has to be slightly loosen, the door has to be moved to the correct position and then the bolts have to be tightened. For moving the door in and out, the hinge bolts on the door has to be slightly loosened, the door has to be moved to the correct position and then the bolts have to be tightened.
If you can’t physically go to the shop you can always check out their website. Their website should list the services they offer and a little bit about each one. That way you are a little more familiar with what each repair service entails. Some of them even have the option to get a quote online from them. This can be better than a phone call because you can even upload photos on to some of the sites which can get you a more accurate estimate than the phone call.
OTurn your frustrations in art into satisfaction. The artist in you will not die but come into life with the wallpaper hanging business. Make those boring walls your masterpiece. Inform people around you of that artist in the neighborhood. Distribute fliers to wallpaper and paint shops and advertise to some interior design and art publications.
The bottom-line, as I see it, is that you sold your soul, not your business. One last comment on selling to large corporations; heaven help the seller who sells his business for corporate stock or the buyers bonds and the buying company goes broke or the stock market crashes. I had a close friend sell his company for mostly cash and some seller carry back financing in Dec 1997. By Feb 1998 the buying company was in bankruptcy, making the paper my friend held worthless.
But, if you are interested in cars and know a little about them and can work on them an body shop in el paso tx is a great choice. There are many auto body franchises to choose from so there should be at least one that will help you meet your goals personally and financially. Most auto body shop also offer a variety of services that you can learn about to increase your knowledge which is always a good thing.
Before giving a body shop the okay to get started, review the estimate carefully. Discuss the work to be completed with the mechanic and ask questions about the process if needed. Double check the cost breakdown and be aware of out-of-pocket expenses not covered by the insurance company. It is also a good idea to get a copy of the body shop’s warranty policy along with your written estimate. When the job is finished, look over the estimate again and confirm that the stated work has been finished.
Try to find an auto body shop that has built a name for themselves, a GOOD name! One reason franchises are successful is because you buy a name that is already established. Especially when it comes to cars people really pay attention to the company name. If you buy a company that has a bad track record you could be setting yourself up for failure.