Finding yourself faced with a potentially costly auto repair is never fun. After all, you rely on your vehicle to get you to and from work, school and other important commitments, and you need to be sure it’s in proper working order. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to agree to pay the amount listed on one of the first car repair estimates you receive.
Here are some things you should know about car repair estimates and what you can do to ensure high-quality service for minimal out-of-pocket expense for your repair.
Shop Around- When it comes to receiving estimates for necessary auto repair, don’t be afraid to ask for a second, third or even fourth opinion. Your car repair estimate is just that- an estimate of how much parts and labor for your repair are expected to cost. If another automotive service center thinks they can beat repair price of their competition, bringing your vehicle to them for service may be worth considering. Also, don’t be shy about asking your mechanic if they do price-matching. A fair amount of mechanics will match or beat an estimate from a competing repair center, so it can never hurt to ask.
Ask for Alternatives- If you don’t like the number you’re seeing on your car repair estimate, your mechanic may be able to provide less-costly options as an alternative to the recommended repair. For example, if you are unable to afford a brand-new replacement transmission, see if your mechanic can replace your old one with a rebuild instead. This can help drive repair costs down significantly, adding up to a much more wallet-friendly experience.
B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Parts)- Some auto repair centers will allow you to purchase the part your car needs either online or through a third-party seller, so that you will only be charged for labor on their end. This can help save on the cost of parts, especially if you are able to find what you need online or through a salvage yard. One word of caution: buy at your own risk. If the part you purchase ends up being inoperable or otherwise insufficient for the necessary repair, your auto mechanic is not responsible. Make sure you are purchasing parts from a reputable source, or it may end up costing you even more in the end.
Riverside Transmission is Waltham, MA’s answer to quality transmission repair for virtually all makes and models of vehicle. We aim to provide competitive pricing for transmission service and repair, so you can keep your car running at its peak without breaking the bank. Call Riverside Transmission today at 781-894-9395 to schedule an appointment for your car repair estimate.