An auto accident is always a jarring experience. One minute, you’re driving down the road normally. The next minute, everything becomes pure chaos. Obviously, your first priority should always be the health and safety of yourself and anyone else in the vehicle. However, once you address these concerns, you have to turn your attention to the next-most-serious problem on the list. That question is: How soon can I get back on the road?
Ignore The Online Estimators
As you bite your nails and worry about how you’re going to get back on the road, you might feel compelled to search the internet. There are many cases in which a simple internet search can give you all the answers you need, but this isn’t one of them. Simply put, the problem is that there are too many variables for an online estimator to give you an accurate price.
Auto repair prices vary a lot, and it’s not always predictable. For instance, some cars are more difficult to repair than others. The Nissan Maxima is a great example, as its design makes it very hard for a mechanic to access many important parts. It’s harder to reach the parts because they are all crammed together, and this usually translates to a higher repair cost.
Getting An Estimate
Any good auto repair shop should be able to give you a rough estimate of the repair cost. If they refuse to do so, it is a red flag. You might be dealing with a shady mechanic who wants to overcharge you, so you should cross that person off your list.
You can expect that the mechanic will want some information before giving an estimate. This is necessary if you want an accurate quote, so try to be patient with them. Besides, any rude behavior on your part could cause the estimate to rise, and you can’t really blame someone for that. At the very least, they will want to know the make, model, and year of your vehicle. They will also surely want to know the extent of the damage. They might also want to run the VIN of your car for insurance reasons, so don’t worry if they ask for that information as well.
Understanding The Estimate
You should always remember that a repair estimate is just that: An estimate. It is not an exact price quote, so don’t take it as such. If you are short on cash, and the estimate falls at the very top of your price range, you might want to hold off on the repair or find a cheaper mechanic. Either way, you should always look for an estimate that is slightly lower than your maximum price.
In order to avoid being taken advantage of, you will need to have a general idea of how expensive repairs should be. If you don’t have any knowledge about your vehicle and how it works, this will be very hard. Here’s what you need to remember: an auto repair estimate should reflect both the price of the parts and the time/labor that it takes to repair the problem. Of the two, the labor is usually the more expensive. Auto shops get most of their parts at a big discount, so the cost of the job should mainly reflect its difficulty.
Here are some rough ideas of what you should expect:
- Brake repairs: Should be relatively cheap, usually less than $500
- Transmission repairs: Ridiculously expensive, can be $1,000-$2,000 and more. Usually better to replace the car.
- Engine rebuild: Very expensive, but worth doing for high-quality vehicles
- Changing a part under the hood: Should be less than $300 if the part isn’t hard to access
- Wheels and rotors: Tire prices vary a lot depending on quality, but rotors should never be more than $100 each
Of course, these are just examples, and you can ask your vehicle-savvy friends to provide you with a few more. Knowledge is always the best weapon against those who would scam you.
Why Call Fix Auto?
When you want an accurate and reliable estimate, you should call 1-626-442-6558. We have the right people and the right experience to put you back on the road in record time. Don’t trust your repairs to those other repair shops, as most of them lack the integrity to give you an accurate estimate. Worst of all, once you deliver your car to them and the work is done, you will be stuck with an unfair bill. Don’t put yourself in this situation: Call us first so that we can do the job correctly.
We hope that our short article has been helpful to you and that you will now be able to understand this process a little better. Estimates can be a tricky business, so don’t hesitate to question what your mechanic tells you. Further, you should not be afraid to haggle a little bit, as this is usually possible. If you would like to learn more about this subject (and other interesting subjects as well), please fill out the contact form below.