Millions of women take their car to the mechanic every month; a recent study by RepairPal found that women were quoted for services 50% to 72% more than men for the exact same service in big cities like San Francisco, L.A., NYC.
August is Brake Safety Awareness Month, Jill Trotta, Automotive Group Director at RepairPal, knows that a good mechanic is hard to find, she has given us some great advice for car repairs.
SO…What can you do to avoid getting overcharged for the preventative work your car really needs?
4 Car Repair Tips
KNOW YOUR CAR REPAIR
Make sure you read your owners manual and know your maintenance schedule; good shops will perform service based on it.
Never be afraid to ask questions or to be shown the problem. A good shop will be happy to show and tell the problem.
CHEAP ISN’T ALWAYS GOOD
Like visiting a doctor, in auto repair, cheap isn’t good and good isn’t cheap. Be prepared to pay a fair price for the repairs that are needed, but be careful not to overpay.
KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS
Treat the repair shop like a relationship. Be prepared to end the relationship if you see red flags or simply feel uncomfortable.
RepairPal was created to solve the costly problem of untrustworthy repair shops; RepairPal independently certifies auto repair shops nationwide for superior training, quality tools, a minimum 12-month/12,000-mile warranty and guarantees fair pricing.
For more tips on how to drive smarter this summer and keep your family safe on the road be sure to use RepairPal‘s online tools and mobile website.