Car Repair: Make Sure You're Getting a Fair Estimate

Check your state requirements.

Some states require that shops inform their customers about any extra costs and time required to complete certain types of vehicle repair. Check with your attorney general’s office; they will be able to inform you about the specific information for your local area.

Your estimate should include detailed descriptions.

A good auto repair estimate includes a breakdown of the exact costs and amount of time required to service and repair your car. Don’t settle for a verbal explanation; ask for a written estimate that you can thoroughly review before you commission the work.

Stay informed and up-to-date during the process.

Make sure you collect all of the necessary information about any supplemental estimates as well as the final price that will be agreed upon by your repair shop and your claims adjustor.