If you don’t want to install your Air Lift air springs yourself, then the next step is to find someone to do it for you. Your ride is part of your family, so treat this process with the same seriousness of finding a surgeon for your own child. Is that a melodramatic approach? Maybe… but taking this seriously will only benefit you, and rushing the decision could cost you a lot of valuable time and money.
Here’s a quick guide to finding a competent, trustworthy installer.
Luckily for you, we’re living in the age of information…which means there is a wealth of rates, reviews, and recommendations on the Internet. Take some time to find mechanics in your area, and read everything you can find about each one. As you read reviews, however, remember they are entirely subjective. People often only write reviews when they have remarkably good or drastically terrible experiences, and almost nothing in between. That said, they are a good resource—just be sure to take it all with a grain of salt.
In addition to reading personal reviews, look closely for licensing and certifications; a good shop works hard for accreditation from reputable sources, so they’ll show off their recognitions whenever they can. Specifically, search mechanics’ web pages for their state licensing, as well as certifications from groups like the American Automobile Association (AAA) or the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
Once you’ve read up on the highest-reviewed, most accredited mechanics in the area… get in touch with your local friends, family, neighbors, golf caddies, and so on; ask them where they go to service their cars, where they decidedly don’t go, and what they’ve heard about different places. Get recommendations. Write down what people paid for different services to their cars, and compare across different mechanics.
On top of that, be sure and visit some garages. Ask to see warranties, talk to owners about their licenses, equipment, and quotes. And, once you settle on just the mechanic for the job, ask exactly what will be done, how long it will take, and a good estimate of the cost. Also, ask for your old parts back once the work is completed, so you know they replaced what you asked.
This might seem obvious, but it’s important: be sure to listen to every mechanic’s responses to your questions. Vague, indefinite responses are a red flag. You need an expert, a professional, and a trustworthy person to operate on your car, and professional, honest experts will always give you a straightforward answer. You want good communication and thorough explanations.
…just find an experienced Air Lift installer using our Dealer Locator. Our job is to give you a quality product, sure, and we do—but we also make sure you have the resources to make the most of your purchase.