Places to Get Your Car Repaired Ottumwa IA

Possibly the most attractive aspect of independent shops is the relationship owners build with their mechanics and service advisors. The atmosphere of small shops provides customers with a reassuring feeling because they know who will be working on their car and who they can go to with questions.

Black''s Tire Company
(641) 682-8063
517 W Main St
Ottumwa, IA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Ottumwa Truck Center
(641) 682-0431
529 S Iowa Ave
Ottumwa, IA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Shep''s Tire & Auto Unlocking Service
(641) 683-3026
16245 Bluegrass Rd
Ottumwa, IA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Dovico Southside Repair Inc
(641) 662-2923
1046 220th Street
Batavia, IA
Services
Truck Parts

Davis County Tire
(641) 664-1801
108 Smith St
Bloomfield, IA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Wayne''s Tire
(641) 682-8471
823 Albia Rd
Ottumwa, IA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Napa Auto Parts
(641) 683-1660
321 Richmond Ave
Ottumwa, IA
Services
Auto Parts, Car Washes, Car Detailing

Autozone
(641) 682-9170
946 N Quincy Ave
Ottumwa, IA
Services
Auto Parts

Napa Auto Parts
(641) 932-7229
12 N A St
Albia, IA
Services
Auto Parts, Car Washes, Car Detailing

Bloomfield Tire Service
(641) 664-3540
Jct Hwy 2 & 63
Bloomfield, IA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Places to Get Your Car Repaired

Who Do You Turn to If Your Dealer Can't Fix a problem? By Brian Alexander, Content Editor

Sometimes, a car dealer isn't the best place to go for repairs . A common misconception is that a dealer is hands down the expert when it comes to make-specific service, and that they have complete access to the nearly unlimited resources and technical knowledge of the manufacturer.

In reality, car dealers aren't a direct extension of manufacturers - they are franchised points of sale that operate under their own management. As such, your dealer may have higher labor rates than local specialists, or less background knowledge of older, low-volume models.

Independent manufacturer-certified mechanics are the best alternative to dealer technicians. Manufacturers offer training courses to both dealer and independent mechanics, meaning any independent manufacturer-certified mechanic can be as knowledgeable as his dealer counterpart.
Some independent shops are owned by former dealer mechanics who have since broken off to start their own businesses. Many of these shops specialize in either specific makes or types of cars (for example, a Japanese specialty shop), and have excellent technical knowledge in their area of expertise.

"Just because a technician doesn't work for a dealer doesn't mean they aren't properly trained for a certain make. Many independent mechanics are former dealer employees, and are fully manufacturer-certified," says Tony Beal, a Service Representative with Euro Motorcars in San Francisco.

Many independent shops also hold Automotive Service Excellence credentials, which ensure that they are kept up to date with the latest repair advances and techniques. While A.S.E. practices tend to be less make-specific in their nature, mechanics with this certification are guaranteed to have an excellent working knowledge of automotive maintenance practices and technologies. Furthermore, knowledgeable, multiple-make shops are convenient for people who own more than one make of car.

Possibly the most attractive aspect of independent shops is the relationship owners build with their mechanics and service advisors. The atmosphere of small shops provides customers with a reassuring feeling because they know who will be working on their car and who they can go to with questions.

"Small shops provide a direct point of contact to customers. I know most of my customers by not only on a first name basis, but by car, model and year," assures Beal. "My customers benefit from scheduling flexibility, ease of contact and price breaks that they would not receive at a large dealer, in my opinion. Plus, my reputation is on the line. If I mess something up, they know exactly who to blame."

If you don't have the option of going to a dealer or prefer the increased level of interaction offered by smaller shops, manufacturer-certified mechanics are an excellent choice.

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