All car owners are quite possessive of their car and as a result they try to keep them as carefully maintained as possible. In fact, most car owners have been known to clean and dust their cars almost every day and they try to show off how much they take care of their machine. The truth is all of us love our cars and we would like them to work very well at all times. But, problems in the car do arise, or your car can get involved in an accident, and the thing which is most worrisome is the cost of car repairs. This is one of the more stressful aspects of using a car, especially with increasingly crowded traffic conditions. In case, your car gets involved in an accident, you need to first calm yourself down and then you should find out how you can lower the costs of car repair.  The following tips will help you to get an approximate estimate on the repair for your car.

Step-by-step instructions:

1) Firstly, you need to inquire of a friend or acquaintance if they know a possible referral for a car repair center. It comes as no big surprise that you can be scammed or even overcharged by car repair centers; hence it becomes vital that you know places which have a good reputation about their work and in this way you can save your money and also eliminate pointless repair or needless charges.

2) If your car needs repair, firstly you need to take it to a repair center preferably the one which is not known to charge for estimating the approximate cost of the repairs which needs to be carried out on the vehicle. You can also ask them to explain in detail what parts need to be replaced or repaired and have a detailed record of the repairs. Once you get this estimate, you can approach other car repair centers and ask for the approximate cost so that you can compare the estimated charges from each of the repair centers.

3) Be sure that you get in touch with at least three repair shops so that you have three car repair estimates to compare. If all the estimates which you received are more or less the same, then you can be assured that the estimates are fair and you are not being overcharged. However, if you feel that the estimates are a little overcharged, it would be wise to get in touch with other repair centers as well.

4) It would be a wise decision to request a summarized estimate of the car repair expenditure which should be inclusive of all itemized factors such as the repair, labor costs, flat fees, miscellaneous charges, basically a total summary of all charges. In case you have any doubt about labor costs, it is the actual number of hours which is required for repairing the car and this has to be then multiplied by the hourly cost for the repair service.

5) Always request a copy of the estimate in writing.  Then you will have written proof of the quoted cost in case if the final expenditure exceeds this cost.


Frank is a freelance writer and Education Director for Water Damage, servicing the flooded basement and damage restoration industry.