Get A Second Opinion For Car Repairs

by Pam on October 24, 2010

When you shop around for big -ticket items like laptops and appliances, you would likely be prone to shop around, right?  Well, it’s a wise idea to do the same when your car is in need of a major repair.  Why?  Because you might be able to save a lot of money on your repairs by getting a second opinion.  Not to mention the fact that you might also find out that some of the repairs that the first shop recommended may not be required.

We recently had to do some major repairs on our car.  The first shop my husband took our car to estimated the cost to be about $100 more than the second shop.  We generally just go to the shop nearest to us since it is so close and convenient, however,  my husband thought it would be a good idea to try another shop since the repairs were so costly.  I’m glad he did.  For the extra bit of time it took him to get the second opinion, we saved some hard-earned cash that could be used towards other savings goals.

There are real financial advantages to doing your homework when it comes to car repairs.  Don’t settle for the first estimate.  Find at least two reputable car shops in your area and get them to both take a look at what needs to be done.  Have them provide you with an estimate and then make your decision.

To prepare for future car repair needs, it is a good idea to tuck away some extra money in your emergency fund.  Setting aside extra money for unexpected car problems can give you the peace of mind in knowing that you are prepared for the inevitable.  Unfortunately machines always have a tendency to break down eventually and with the additional costs of insurance, fuel, and regular maintenance, having a vehicle can be a source of financial stress.   Planning ahead and saving for future needs is the best way to alleviate this stress. Unless, of course, you are lucky enough to live in a place where you can walk or bike ride to work and can get rid of your car altogether.

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Dahuli October 25, 2010 at 3:03 pm

you have to make sure the shop is reputable. Cheap is good, but the shop has to do a good job!

John October 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I agree with Dahuli. Sometimes it is worth the extra money to get a good mechanic.

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