There are dozens of automotive and auto body shops in the greater Albuquerque area. It’s understandable if you’re confused about which garages you can really trust. There is one way to quickly narrow your choices—only consider shops with technicians that have the right credentials—ASE-certified technicians for automotive maintenance repair, I-CAR certification for collision repair.
These certifications ensure that the people working on your car really have the right knowledge and skills.
There Is No Required Certification in the Automotive Industry
There are few service provider selections that make people feel as nervous as choosing an automotive or auto body repair shop. Sadly, that’s because there is such a disparity between the quality of work offered by shops. Some garages provide quality repairs and fantastic customer service to boot; others, though, leave you with more problems than you came in with.
How can work between different shops vary so greatly? Because there is no professional standard. In New Mexico, auto mechanics and auto body technicians are not required to possess any minimum level of education, training or certification. So, one garage may hire a high school grad who says he got an A in auto shop; another may simply hire some childhood buddy that helped rebuild an engine one time. Still, other shops may insist that their techs provide proof that they know how to troubleshoot, service and repair various makes, models and model years and use sophisticated diagnostic and repair equipment.
Obviously, you want to go to a shop that holds their team to a higher standard.
What Professional Certification Shows
Although automotive and auto body certification is not required, there are industry organizations that have set standards for working professionals. Two of the best known are:
- ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
- I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair)
These organizations have created a graduated system of courses and certifications to test and measure the knowledge and skills of technicians in the field.
In order to acquire certification, a technician must pay to take the certification test and achieve a minimum score. Because certification is a voluntary investment of time and money, you can be sure of two things:
- The individual technician has the skills required to provide sound mechanical or auto body repairs
- The technician and the shop employing them care about the quality of the service they provide.
And, each certification system requires routine re-testing to maintain certification. So, no technician can pass once and then forever say they have the right skills. They must stay current on changes in the industry and technology to maintain their credentials.
Quanz Cares about Quality
Even knowing you should only trust ASE- or I-CAR certified technicians, there’s still a lot of auto repair shops in Albuquerque. Quanz Auto Body makes the choice easy.
In addition to professional certification of our automotive and auto body technicians, we offer a superior level of service that includes:
- Insurance claims assistance
- On-site car rental
- Free shuttle service
- While-you-wait conveniences, like free beverages and wi-fi
We are dedicated to making your car and your car repair experience better. Contact us to schedule your routine automotive maintenance service or to coordinate an estimate for auto body repair.