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Top 10 Things To Look For In An Auto Repair Estimate

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Before you hand your car over for repairs, you should always get an auto repair estimate from your mechanic. Here are 10 things that you should look for in any reputable repair estimate.

  1. The auto repair estimate should be in writing. Don’t accept a verbal agreement or an estimate given over the phone.
  2. The estimate should include all pertinent information about your car, including its year, make, and model.
  3. The concern or problem with your car (why you brought it to the garage in the first place) should be clearly stated.
  4. An estimate should include a list of all proposed repairs and services, and the mechanic should be willing to go over them with you and determine whether they are urgent or can be postponed.
  5. The parts needed to fix your car should be listed, along with their prices. The estimate should also stipulate whether the parts to be used are OEM, aftermarket, or rebuilt.
  6. The shop’s hourly labor rate should be clearly stated on the estimate.
  7. The repair estimate should list the approximate time that will be required to make each repair, billed in tenths of an hour, along with the total cost of labor.
  8. Miscellaneous charges, such as shop supplies, disposal fees, etc. should be listed as such. Note that these charges are usually prorated based on the number of labor hours billed.
  9. Services that charge a flat fee should be listed separately and priced.
  10. Finally, the auto repair estimate should include a summary of these charges and a grand total.

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