AutoMD.com says that American Consumers are overpaying by more than $20 Billion on repairs. It is promoting an online auto repair service, which it claims can save you money.
The service walks car owners through the actions they need to take to make sure they get a fair price, and to help ensure that they are not paying for unnecessary repairs,
By using tips in AutoMD.com’s Consumer Guide to Fair Auto Repair, the cost savings could be even greater than the nearly 14% achieved in an AutoMD.com study.
A quick look at the site reveals mostly generic repair advice, and sparse listings of auto repair shops, which includes many car dealerships. It might be different in you locale. AutoMD.com’s Consumer Guide to Fair Auto Repair uses four steps to ensure a fair repair experience at the repair shop:
- Diagnose Problem Diagnose the problem before you go-with online diagnostics question-tree tools and how-to guides to perform a tangible, physical diagnosis (determine the issue or find questions to ask so you are not hit with unnecessary repairs).
- Fair Auto Repair Estimate Tell the shop you will be using an online website such as AutoMD.com to get industry standard auto repair labor hours and labor rates, as well as true part costs–and that you want your replacement parts back (this is a little insurance upfront to make sure you are not paying for unnecessary repairs). After they provide an estimate, counter with the fair price estimate to make sure the quote is within those guidelines.
- Compare Auto Repair Shops Before authorizing work, use an online Shop Finder – at a site like AutoMD.com where you can compare the shops’ average hourly labor rates, reviews etc. – to locate other area shops and call them to get several quotes over the phone.
- Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate – once you are armed with an online fair price estimate, and quotes from other area shops, ask for a lower price.