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Know the Factors That Affect the Cost of Your Vehicle Repair

By Ellsworth Mciltrot Subscribe to RSS | April 19th 2012 | Views:
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People often ask how the price of an auto repair is determined. But rather than asking it directly, it is usually phrased as “Why does my car repair cost so much?” This is a question that a customer needs to ask, especially if he was given a repair estimate that runs to hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

The price of any auto repair is based on three main factors. The first is labor rate, or what the repair center charges for the time and skill used to repair your vehicle. The second is for the parts and other materials used in the repair process. The third is overhead or fixed costs that the repair shop has to cover, like rent, electricity, and office personnel wages.

Labor

There are two factors that affect the price of labor. One is the shop’s own per-hour labor rate, and the other is the book time. Book time refers to the duration it takes a factory mechanic to do the job, but with a modifier applied, to account for the time it may take a less-trained technician to do the same repair. Labor prices vary according to geographic area, and typically range from $80-$150 nationwide.

Parts and Materials

Yes, vehicle repair centers markup the price of parts to stay in business, and is usually around 30%. Keep in mind that this markup also means that they can provide a warranty for their repairs. Add to that, materials will also be used in the course of repair like grease, gloves, fluids, which are inputted in the markup. There are also other auxiliary services like oil disposal or recycling of byproducts. Costs of this nature are usually passed on to the customer.

Utilities

Regardless of size, car dealerships Edmonton residents trust have overhead expenses that are part of the business. These include rent, electricity, and technology and equipment costs. Car mechanics, vehicle technicians and other personnel have to be trained to keep them abreast with the latest in automotive technology.

Repair pricing from Edmonton auto dealers may cost more but they can guarantee good service and professional workmanship. You can always choose the cheaper route and have your vehicle repaired at any repair shop using ordinary parts but these can severely affect the performance of your vehicle and result to higher repair costs in the long run.

It is best that you check the list of auto dealerships in Edmonton that perform vehicle repairs from auto123.com to help you choose the most reliable ones. You can also read reviews of these car dealers to have an idea of the quality of their repair work on various car brands.

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