Finding someone who can realign the wheels on your truck or car reliably can be tough. It’s a niche service and one that most people might not even consider. Despite that, it’s still a car. You want whoever is doing anything to it to be reliable, friendly, and to take care of your machine.
In other words, you want to find someone you can count on. Since you probably have never had to do this before, you are thinking you can go online. That could be challenging since there’s probably a lot of results and you have no way to filter through them.
However, there are a few things you can do to help narrow down the search.
First, go offline. Ask your savvier friends where they go, who they contact all truck wheel aligning. Doing this spares you the trouble of having to find people yourself, and you can vet them early by asking about people’s experiences.
Talking to a friend also provides a crucial filter: finding a local.
It is very important to minimize the risk of damaging the vehicle or making the alignment worse. This means a long drive to the shop is out of the question unless you’re desperate. On the other hand, finding a local means you have someone reliable that is also reasonably close.
In some areas, you might even get them to make house calls. Though don’t count on this. Realigning tires require heavier gear than is portable, so an on-site visit is limited to inspections.
Another thing to do is to figure out who works on the big fleets in your area.
Big fleets are run by businesses. A business with a fleet of any size needs someone who can take care of its vehicles, as even the tiniest problem could be a huge financial burden. Especially in this economy.
In other words, whoever is realigning their wheels has to be very good. After all, a company is spending money on them. Worst-case scenario, the service is the only one in the area. Best-case scenario, you have a number of shops you can call to inquire about what they offer.
If you know any auto-networks, be sure to check with them too.
Most auto-networks have ties with related businesses. Roadside assistance providers, mechanics, and wheel alignment experts are probably contacts they have. Ask around if they have a list, or if a shop you have in mind is accredited by the network.
Since you’re doing the due diligence anyway, check with local authorities to see which shops have bad reports or are under scrutiny. These are signs that you should reconsider, especially if the complaints are widespread or consistent.
Once you’ve narrowed down the list, going online is a good way to double check.
Some reports or complaints online could be a counterbalance to what you’ve heard elsewhere. You can also get relevant contact information or check out their locations through maps. It’s also possible for you to spot a service you didn’t the first time around this way.