Here are some important things to remember before during and after you begin to repair a car:

  1. Get at least 2 different quotes, more is better. You can then use this as leverage and negotiate a better price. It also sends the right signal that you know what you are doing.
  2. Try and get the diagnosis done for free. This is not always possible if it requires a lot of work so make sure you sign off on the cost before anything is done to your car.
  3. When you agree your quote find out exactly how the cost is broken down. Find out the cost of labour per hour and the cost of parts.
  4. When you are given the cost of parts go online and see if you can find them cheaper, this really is a money saver and the parts you find can be delivered directly to your mechanic. Dealer parts can be very expensive and good quality alternatives or reconditioned parts are much better value.

Here are some sites we recommend you try:

  1. Agree beforehand that if the labour costs increase or new parts are required you are contacted. Make sure that they know all work needs to be authorised by you in advance
  2. If the repair is small and only takes an hour or two ask to watch them work. This is not an unusual request and guarantees things happen as you agreed.
  3. Ask to see all the parts that are replaced. This will make sure that nothing is taken out that doesn’t need to be, you don’t want to pay for work that doesn’t need to be done.
  4. Remember you have rights, the work should be carried with reasonable care and skill and the repairs should be fit for purpose. This is all covered by the supply of goods act which can cover you for up to six years without any formal guarantees.

Repair a car yourself

If you decide to repair a car yourself you can find almost everything you need to know via the internet. There are a number of websites out there that will take you through the repair step by step. Here are some of the best sites we have found along with some really useful tips to get you going.

Before you start have a good look through the following site:

Useful tips

  1. Don’t be afraid to have a go, just make sure you are properly prepared.
  2. Once you find the video or instructions go through it several times before you start to repair a car, make sure you have it all clear in your head.
  3. Make sure you have the correct tools do the job before you start.
  4. Take photos of your car before you start and as you go so you have a good reference when you are putting things back together.
  5. Take your time and ask questions if you are stuck, here is great site to go to if you get into trouble have a look at this awesome tool
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