An industry expert explains how to find an auto body shop that can repair that dent or repaint your car the right way.

It’s not uncommon for estimates from different body shops to vary wildly. One shop might give you an estimate for $500 while another wants $2,000 for the work. What’s the difference? And when is it OK to choose the cheaper shop?

John Mallette, owner of Burke Auto Body & Paint, in Long Beach, California, knows better than most people how to choose a reliable shop. Mallette started working on cars when he was 12 years old and has been in the body repair business for 24 years. Here are some of his tips for choosing the right repair facility to work on your car — particularly when you’re the one paying the bills.

Source: 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Auto Body Shop