Automobile repair shop
|Automobile repair shop|
An automobile repair shop (also known as a garage) is a place where automobiles are repaired by auto mechanics and electricians.
The automotive garage can be divided in so many category. Some auto parts stores also maintain service operations. Examples include Pep Boys, Walmart, and Sears Auto Center.
There are also independently owned and operated businesses, and regional or national chains and franchises. Examples of chains and franchises include Midas and Firestone Complete Auto Care.
A third type of repair shop is the service departments of car dealerships. These shops are the only ones authorized to perform warranty and recall repairs by the manufacturers and distributors, except in the European Union.
Automobile repair shops often can be specialty shops specializing in certain parts such as brakes, mufflers, transmissions, body parts, tires and automobile electrification, windshields, and oil changes. Examples include MAACO and AAMCO.
There are also independently-owned specialists who only work on certain brands of vehicles, such as European car specialists and BMW repair specialists.
In the UK, a garage does not typically specialize in one area of the vehicle. Instead, they tend to repair all mechanical and servicing requirements, the only specialty being body repair and painting.
Many Automotive repair shops also offer paintwork repairs to scratches, scuffs and dents to vehicle damage as well as damage caused by collisions and major accidents. In order to insure a high quality, permanent repair, current body shop paint technology requires blending into the existing paint, instead of just painting a single panel and therefore normally require the vehicle in their shop for a minimum of a few days.