Have you noticed how it’s becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish one city or suburb for the next? I think a big reason for this is the fact that national chains have displaced local businesses to the point that wherever you go, you see the same restaurants, stores, banks, and even auto service shops. This trend is getting out of hand, in my opinion, and is making the landscape much too uniform.
That’s why I like to patronize local businesses instead of national chains whenever I can. For example, I’m more likely to go to a local auto body shop to get my car repaired than to a national chain. The service and quality are usually a lot better, plus local shops are more likely to go that extra mile for me when needed. Spend a few minutes on the website of MasterGlass, a company that handles San Diego windshield repair and you’ll see what I mean. It’s evident that safety and customer satisfaction are their top priorities, whereas national chains would be more concerned with the bottom line.
I also like how MasterGlass tells you exactly which kinds of windshield problems they can repair and which ones would require full replacement. I’ve noticed that a lot of other auto service shops are hesitant to commit themselves in writing like that. Another point in favor of MasterGlass is the way they’ll bill insurance companies directly (when possible) so customers don’t have to go through that hassle themselves.
I wish more people would support local businesses instead of going national. If we did that, our cities and towns would retain more color and flavor, which of course benefits all of us!