Q: I received an auto repair estimate from my local body shop and was surprised at the cost. I am wondering if it is possible to find a similar estimate online? Thank you. A: It’s possible to get an auto repair estimate online; however, you may find that the body shops offer their own websites, which often times include a quote on their website. In this case, you can usually just select the quote link on the body shop’s website and receive the estimate online.
The reason we mention this is that sometimes the estimate you receive is inaccurate; the estimate may be from a body shop who isn’t very reliable. Body shops typically have lots of overhead that they need to pass on to the customer, so it’s not uncommon for them to inflate the estimate to receive more business. To prevent this from happening to you, it’s a good idea to visit several auto repair shops before making your decision. Not only does this allow you to compare quotes and estimates but also helps you ensure you’re getting an accurate repair quote.
The final thing we want to help you with today is how to request your repair estimate. If you don’t already have an estimate from a body shop, you should start by going to their website and requesting a quote. From there, you can pick and choose the company you would like to work with and contact them. It’s important to note that once you’ve provided the body shop with your quote, it is legally required that they provide you with an estimate within 30 days. So, if you don’t get the estimate in your hands in that time frame, you’re stuck with it or pay someone else to repair your car. Taking this advice, may save you money.