After the body of your car has become damaged, you'll take it (or have it towed) to an auto body repair shop. Obviously, you'll experience anxiety, partially because you'll want to know what the damage is going to cost you.
In a perfect world, a technician would give your car a quick inspection and a firm repair quote, but there are usually other factors involved in how a repair technician arrives at a final repair quote, such as:
How Many Procedures Need To Be Accomplished During The Repair
Ideally, all technicians would follow a standardized repair procedure, but this isn't often the case. Some will throw out everything they've learned and use repair tactics that are most comfortable or expedient for their needs. Therefore, they won't list that many line items or procedures on your estimate, and you might gain a false sense that your repairs doesn't cost that much to repair.
On the other hand, some might hand you an entire list of procedures that need to be accomplished in order to finish your overall repair job. Of course, the more line items the technician lists, the more expensive your quote will be. The key is to find a reputable technician who can reasonably perform your repair with as few extraneous steps and procedures as possible.
The Bait And Switch Estimate
Here's something to be on the lookout for: if a quote seems too good to be true, it probably is. Unscrupulous body shops entice new customers by offering quotes that are lower than what's considered normal. Then, when the customer leaves their car in the car of the technician, then all of a sudden, new issues will be diagnosed, driving up the cost of the repairs. At this point, most customers will feel helpless and pay the inflated fees-they usually want their car returned as quickly as possible.
However, if you receive a quote that seems too good to be true, then trust your instincts. Make sure that you're guaranteed a firm quote that doesn't change later on.
The Types Of Parts That Are Used
Parts are huge motivating factors regarding the repair quote that you're offered. Of course, newer parts or custom parts are more expensive than recycled parts. However, recycled or re-purposed parts aren't appropriate for all cars.
For example, if your car is a newer model, then using older, re-purposed, or inferior parts will drive down the retail value of your car, and they could hurt the performance of your car!
If you've ever wondered why different repair shops offer customers different quotes around town, then understand that there are a few factors affecting the quote. With this in mind, consider what's best for your vehicle, and try to combine that with what's best for your wallet.