Living in western North Carolina is a blessing. We are surrounded by beauty in every direction. From mile-high peaks to an abundance of waterfalls, there is no shortage of natural wonders. Asheville is known for its world-class art scene and fantastic restaurants. We have premier shopping, excellent schools, and top-notch medical care. There is a lot to love about living in this area. 

However, every place has its downsides. While the pros far outweigh the cons, weather, dirt roads, and heavy traffic can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s exterior. Between the challenging terrain, heavy traffic, and potentially dangerous weather, maintaining your vehicle can feel like a full-time job. 

If you have dents and dings, there are products and guides for how to DIY those repairs; however, you may not want to risk it. 

There is a lot to love about life in western North Carolina. We have the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River. Those mountains provide endless miles to beautiful forests and landscapes to explore. From DuPont to Bent Creek, to Kanuga, to Tsali, to all of the other trail systems and bike parks, we have the highest collection of world-class mountain biking on the East Coast. 

However, it is not just land activities that attract millions of visitors to our area. 

People love their cars. Your vehicle is more than just a machine that helps you get from "Point A" to "Point B." It is your baby, an extension of yourself. You personalize it and care for it like a family member, so if it has been damaged by an accident, rogue shopping cart, hail storm, or general wear and tear, you want to make sure you take your car to a body shop you can trust. 

But how do you choose the right shop? 

One step to picking the right shop is to look for one that is ASE certified. 

In this article, we are talking about the importance of choosing an ASE certified body shop.

What is ASE Certification?

The automotive industry has been around for over 100 years but really took off in the middle of the last century. With the increase in the popularity of the automobile came the need for body shops. However, it became quickly apparent that not all mechanics and shops are the same. There was a need for standards in the industry, and thus, the non-profit Automotive Service Excellence certification was born. Per their website:

"ASE exists to protect the automotive service customer, shop owner, and service professional...We certify the service individual so they can offer tangible proof of their technical knowledge." 

In order to become ASE certified, applicants must have at least two years of experience within the automotive industry. Then the person must pass an ASE specialty test, choosing from a wide range of topics and specifications. There are also more advanced ASE Master certifications for those who want to pursue additional expertise. 

Ultimately, this certification exists to prove a shop has the skill and experience to repair your car the way you expect. Here are a few more reasons to choose an ASE certified body shop.

When it comes to vehicles, there are few things more annoying than having a cracked windshield. It's inconvenient, while not necessarily affecting your car's performance. It is unsightly but not necessarily the cause for an immediate, emergency trip to the body shop. It can seem like an expensive repair without any measurable change to how your car handles. 

Many drivers have questions about when and how to have their windshields repaired or replaced. Here is what you need to know about windshield repair and replacement.