We’re going to be talking about the ethics of automotive repair in Richmond. Unfortunately, every profession has some bad actors that hurt the reputation of everyone else. It’s no different in the Richmond area.
In the automotive world, Richmond industry associations and Virginia professional licensing organizations are very committed to high ethical standards.
Yet some people are still uncomfortable with automotive service and repair in Richmond.
That’s why we offer a shop warranty along with a national warranty.
If we understand what’s recommended and the benefits of taking care of the work – and the pitfalls of putting it off – we’ll have more trust in the recommendation. So communication is key. It’s like going to the doctor. If she’s using medical jargon and takes a lot of basic medical knowledge for granted, we have a hard time following her train of thought. We understand It can be like that with your service advisor at A Auto Body Inc, too. He’s so familiar with all things automotive, he may forget you don’t know a PCV from an EGT.
If you don’t understand what your doctor’s talking about: ask some questions. If you don’t understand what your Richmond automotive advisor at A Auto Body Inc is talking about: ask some questions.
Let’s go back to those ethical standards. When we hear a repair recommendation, we always ask ourselves, “Is this really necessary?” Well, here’s the industry standard:
If a Richmond auto technician tells you that a repair or replacement is required, it must meet one of the following criteria:
1. The part no longer performs its intended purpose;
2. The part does not meet a design specification;
3. The part is missing.
For example, it you take your car in for a grinding noise when you step on the brakes, you may just think you need new brake pads. After the inspection, the technician says that you have a cracked rotor and need to replace it. If you tried to get him to just put new pads on, he would say that if you didn’t want to replace the rotor, he would ethically have to refuse the repair. To just put pads on a cracked rotor would have been very wrong. The brakes could’ve failed at anytime: they needed to be repaired – not just have a band-aid slapped on them.
Now, looking at something not so serious, A Auto Body Inc may suggest repair or replacement if:
1. The part is close to the end of its useful life – just above discard specifications or likely to fail soon;
2. To address a customer need or request – like for better ride or increased performance;
3. To comply with maintenance recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer;
4. Based on the technician’s informed experience.
Of course, A Auto Body Inc has the burden of making ethical recommendations and properly educating their customers. For the customer, if you are uncomfortable with a recommendation, ask some questions. More information is always a good thing.
A Auto Body Inc
10305-D HULL STREET ROAD
MIDLOTHIAN, Virginia 23112
At A Auto Body Inc we install quality NAPA replacement parts.
“A” AUTO BODY
10305 Hull Street Rd.
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: (804) 674-1173
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