How do you estimate automobile repair costs?


Quick Answer

To estimate automobile repair costs, get to know the repairs needed, the time required for carrying out the repairs, the labor rates charged at a repair shop and the price of each replacement part, and add the labor and part costs together. Alternatively, use an online car repair estimator such as AutoMD.

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To know what repairs the automobile needs, check the vehicle yourself or ask a mechanic to diagnose the issues. As of 2015, fixing leakage in the air conditioning system can cost between $50 and $200, cleaning the air filters can cost around $30, replacing a damaged mass air flow sensor can cost approximately $400, and replacing a failed compressor can cost between $500 and $1,000.

Ask the personnel at an automobile repair shop how much time the shop requires to repair the vehicle and what it charges per hour for labor. Usually, the labor rate varies depending on the location of the mechanic or the dealership.

Decide if you want an original equipment manufacturer replacement part, and check the cost of a replacement part at the dealership and with an independent mechanic. OEM parts tend to be slightly more expensive than third-party parts, but may be more reliable.

If accessing the AutoMD website, enter the vehicle details, and choose the service required from the relevant boxes. This website estimates labor cost based on the ZIP code provided, the standard time period needed for carrying out the repair work, and the current price of the replacement parts. The site provides separate estimates for dealerships and independent mechanics.

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