The Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & Service Experts at Phobia Auto are based in Martensville and they are a Trusted source for honest advice and qualified auto service and repairs. People ask all the time how the price of an auto repair is determined, usually phrased something like, "Why does my car repair cost so much?" This is a question worth asking, especially if you've been given a repair quote that runs into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Steve at Phobia answers the question in this auto tip!
Why Can Shop Rates Be So Expensive?
Today’s vehicles are not what they used to be. The average vehicle today had dozens of modules and computers. Training on these takes countless hours and often cost a lot of money. In training, technicians learn about manufacture specific software, and the diagnostic tree for that specific vehicle. Because no two vehicles are the same (rolls such as storage, temperature, road type, driving style, towing etc play a huge roll in wear and tear on a vehicle) Diagnostics on a particular item can be difficult without the proper training. Because every year manufacturers are trying to make vehicles more reliable, safe and efficient, the evolution of vehicles is changing rapidly. It’s important to keep the latest software and training up to date.
A shop that specializes in a particular area usually charges higher labour rates for their service than a general service shop. While a specialist may charge more, this type of shop can often wind up being cheaper in the long run. A specialist is more likely to diagnose and repair a problem in a laser-like fashion, fixing the vehicle in less time and using fewer new parts. Shops unfamiliar with a type of problem can end up muddling around, wasting the customer's money on unnecessary parts and long hours of labour just trying to find a solution.