Auto repair estimates

When it comes to auto repair estimates a number of people are always confused as to the kind of factors or elements used in determining the figures. This is surely not far fetched as you can get all of these at your finger tips. A deep appreciation of such factors and elements would go a long way to help you understand the figures or values you get and question any anomalies discovered thereof. Some of the components that go in determining your auto repair estimates would include among other things flat fees, miscellaneous charges, labor costs and the summary of charges.

Auto repair estimates, fees :

One of the most crucial of components you get would be the flat fees for your auto repair estimates. This is a very tricky area for most people. When we talk about flat fees we are referring to services like an alignment which would not get broken down into parts, labor and then tax. This is not very easy for one to determine in terms of the fair and real price. When it comes to the good side, many of the flat fees are priced at very competitive levels. This therefore ensures that you are not cheated or get a raw deal. You should be very careful as another term that is used for these flat fees is menu selling.

When it comes to the miscellaneous charges we are talking about the charges which are quite common but not too huge to quantify. It would interest you to know that the bulk of your car repair invoice would be for the labor and parts. However we can never forget about these small costs. They would normally come in the form of shop supplies, waste oil, hazardous waste, disposal fees, chemicals, rags and other costs. There are times that the latter of these costs for your auto repair estimates may be billed out in a summary at the latter part of your invoice.

Auto repair estimates, invoices :

auto repair estimatesAnother part of the auto repair estimates would be the last section which is called the summary of charges. This is normally found at the bottom part of the right hand corner of your invoice. You must endeavor to check this one against the charges that are on the invoice in order to make sure that mathematically everything is correct and accurate. It is important to note the fact that the basic estimate outline may be quite different from the particular invoice. This is because it may have some other categories like ‘Hazmat’ or ‘Sublet’.

Normally you would have as part of your auto repair estimates a sublet charge which may come with disposal or waste oil fees. You would just have to make sure that the charges are justified. There should as much as possible be calculated off the actual need instead of the normal labor time which is wrong. On the whole one must ensure that you enquirers about anything which is not clear on the auto repair estimates.