Getting your car repaired after an accident or for general wear and tear can be a costly exercise. You have the right to choose the repair shop you want to go to and getting multiple quotes from different ones can help you make that decision. It is usually recommended to get three quotes as this gives you a general idea on what the average cost of repairs will be. Combining this with research and checking reviews can help you make that final decision.
Gumtree explains the benefits of getting three or more quotes for your car repair.
Not all repair shops are honest. Often, customers are desperate to get their vehicles fixed and unscrupulous businesses can take advantage of such a situation. The quotes they provide may be higher than average or they may use third party parts instead of stock parts. To avoid this, it is recommended to get at least three quotes before zeroing down on a repair shop. This is especially true in the case of higher-value claims. On lower-value claims,
customers can make this decision based on one or two quotes.
Getting multiple quotes can give you a good estimate of the average range for the cost of the repair work. Usually, customers ignore the highest and lowest quotes and go for the middle quote. Gumtree also recommends using the Internet to find multiple quotes or use comparison websites to make your decision.
Once you have made your decision, it is still highly important to do your due diligence before handing over your car. Check social media, read online reviews, and speak to family and friends in the vicinity who can tell you more about the repair shop you have chosen.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find car information close to home.