How Can I Make Sure I'm Not Being Scammed With Auto Repair Costs?
No one likes to spend a lot money, but that is what many people do when they take their car in for repairs or simple updates. Unfortunately, some repair shops and dealerships take advantage of those who are unfamiliar with what their cars' needs and charge them for exorbitant amounts.
Have you ever taken your car in for what seemed like a simple problem but later found out from the mechanic that the fix is actually going to have a $1000, or more, price tag? While there is sometimes a legitimate cause for high mechanic bills, such as part replacement or labor cost, it is important to make sure they aren't taking advantage or scamming you.
MSNBC contributor, Laura Coffey, says that being familiar with your car and its parts can help you to make an educated decision regarding its maintenance needs and fair pricing. Shop around - don't feel like you can only take your car to a BMW dealership if you own a BMW. A chain like Pep Boys can often perform the same tasks, and at a lower price.
What many people don't know is that many mechanics at dealerships work on commission - meaning the more work they do, the more they get paid. Companies like Pep Boys do not usually operate this way. When you choose a store, consider checking out its reputation on a website like the Better Business Bureau to find out what kind of complaints have been filed.
Don't be taken advantage of and waste your hard earned paycheck on excessive auto work. Shop around and educated yourself for trusted advice and repairs.