Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Your Car Repair Cost - Is it the Right Estimate?
Think you paid too much for your car repair? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that consumers lose tens of billions of dollars each year due to overcharged car repairs. This means that millions of Americans are overcharged an estimated total of $22 Billion for auto repairs each year. No wonder overpriced auto repairs make up the largest group of consumer complaints.You'll be shocked at what really goes on at your car repair shop! Dishonest auto mechanics and shops abound in most areas of the country and it's very easy for them to convince car owners that unnecessary repairs are needed because the average person doesn't know much about their cars.People often have no idea they've been ripped off. Some repair shops charge customers for parts that they never place in the car. Other car repair shops fix the car so poorly that the customer has to bring the car back three or four times. Worst, some doesn't even place a warranty on their repair.There are car repair shops too that pretend to provide a very reasonable quote when the car is dropped off, but when the owner comes to pick it up, the consumer finds that the shop has up the bill saying that the mechanic found additional problems with the vehicle. Some mechanics will even cause damage and say they've discovered another part that needed to be repaired.Multiple studies from the government and consumer advocate groups reveal that up to 98% of customers pay too much for their car repairs. That's because car repair estimates hide the true charges of your car repairs, not to mention, that car parts are billed higher than the manufacturer's suggested retail price. Note here that almost all repair shops as well as spare parts dealers do not follow the recommendations of your manufacturer, but embellish the procedures with their own additional services.The harsh reality is that you spend a huge amount of money on unnecessary car repairs when come to think of it, you really you don't have to.