It is fairly common for various body shops to vary widely on estimates. One shop might give you an estimate for $500 while another wants $2,000 for the work. But what’s the difference? And when is it acceptable to choose the cheaper shop? The cheapest way to save money on cars is to do all the work yourself but not everyone is as car savvy as an auto body shop. Town ‘n’ Country residents should consider some of these tips for when it’s time to get your vehicle serviced and you do not want to break the bank.
When in doubt, always ask a friend!
Any business can advertise, but you’ll do better with a shop that friends, family or acquaintances recommend. It’s a business that has proven it can satisfy customers, and it might not be the biggest or best-known shop in your area. When taking your car to a friendly recommended auto body shop, Town ‘n’ Country residents can save anywhere from fifty to a couple hundred of dollars. In some cases, you might get a recommendation for a small shop where the owner works on the cars himself, saving even more money because you aren’t paying a mechanic to spends hours on it.
If word of Mouth is out of the question, it’s all about location!
Most people spend the bulk of their money on a businesses labor hours then actual parts or installation. For example, in the average living part of town, an auto shop business might charge around thirty five to forty dollars for every hour of labor. In a slightly more spruced up part of town with an auto body shop, town ‘n’ Country residents could see an increase of labor by twenty or twenty five dollars an hour. Large body shops with a lot of front-office workers probably have to charge higher rates to pay their staff. While service delivered by front-desk folks, managers and foremen gives some people a feeling of confidence in the business, it can result in estimates that are padded with non-essential work. A person in a high cost of living part of town might pay closer to ninety or ninety five dollars for every labor hour accumulated.
*Disclaimer: The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of *Auto Pros Collision Center*