We all dread the cost of car repairs. As soon as we hear the crunch of a fender bender, especially when it’s our own fault, we’re calculating costs and cringing. The best way to get fair estimates and to find out what your auto repair costs should be, is to be knowledgeable about what your alternatives are, what you need, how much the parts cost, and how long it will take to fix it.
But how do we do that when there are as many cars out there as there are ways to fix them? We gather information, get educated, and follow a list of steps along the way. And of course, it’s always best to consult with an expert, or someone who can provide you with helpful advice. On Webponder.com you can connect with a mechanic or other type of auto expert through a live face to face video consultation. It’s an affordable way to receive advice regarding your auto issue before you head into the garage.
How do you find a good reliable estimate? Start by asking friends or someone you know for a referral to a reliable mechanic. It can be easy to get overcharged for a minimal repair, or to be charged for parts you don’t even need. Taking your car to a reputable place can save you a lot of money, and pain and anguish, in the long run.
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Take your car to a repair center that doesn’t charge for estimates, and retain a summary of what is wrong with your car. Once this is determined you have a guide to compare to different shops in the area for the same type of work. Call at least three different car repair centers. If they all quote about the same prices, then there is a better chance the estimates you are receiving are fair. Now you just need to determine if you need all that work, that’s where maybe a consultation with an auto expert on Webponder could come in handy.
Repair costs can vary widely. What you are paying for not only includes an hourly labor charge, but parts as well. Labor cost is the number of hours spent to repair multiplied by the hourly charge for the repairs.
One thing to take note of is that you can request for refurbished parts for your car repair. Sometimes the difference in price between new parts or refurbished ones can be huge. For example, for a Chevy Trailblazer the average price is $200.00 for a new alternator, but that price could be dropped to as low as $100.00 if the mechanic can, and is willing to find a refurbished one.
It is also a great idea to make your own preliminary estimate by using a vehicle repair guide for your model of car, which you can purchase online. Look up the parts you suspect are faulty and how long the repair guide estimates the repair will take.
The above are guidelines to help you find a reasonable price for your auto repair costs, but there is no substitute to speaking with a trusted and experienced auto expert. Don’t spend any more time wondering, browse for an expert on Webponder.com and schedule a live face to face video consultation. Spending just a half hour with an expert in a video chat may save you hours of research time, and hundreds of dollars in auto repair costs.