According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 10 million car accidents in the United States each and every year. While it’s true that many car accidents result in little more than a scratch on the bumper, many others leave your car looking like it got in a fight with a Transformer. Taking it to a body repair shop is usually the only way to repair your favorite set of wheels to its former splendor, but as you well know, that can cost you an arm and a leg. If you’re one of the many wondering how you can cut down on some of the biggest costs associated with automotive collision repair work, these tips are just for you.
Four Tips to Reduce the Cost of Automotive Collision Repair
- Compare Labor Rates at Local Body Shops
- Look for Membership in AAA
- Learn to Take Care of Minor Work Yourself
- Buy a Code Reader
For BankRate.com, one of the simplest ways to cut costs in a big way is to shop around for the lowest labor rates at your local auto body shops. As you well know, it’s often the labor, not the parts, that really run up your bill.
Finding an automotive collision repair center with membership in AAA, as Lifehacker points out, is a good idea for a number of reasons. First off, AAA generally only admits the best of the best into their ranks. Second, the AAA sticker is a sign that you might be able to use your own membership as a means of getting a discount on parts and labor.
If you really want to save on repairs, writes About.com, you need to learn to take care of the simple work for yourself. For instance, if the accident damaged your brake rotors or collapsed your wheels, those are things you can fix for yourself at home, without breaking the bank.
It’s no secret that the less reputable repair shops out there will try and make you pay for repairs you don’t really need. That’s why Money QandA recommends you buy your own code reader. Checking your own codes before you head to the mechanic will let you know what you actually need fixed. The benefits here are near limitless.
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