If you have had any auto repairs lately, you know that exorbitant prices are commonplace. Most of the time, complex electrical systems in modern vehicles are blamed. This has also led to extremely high labor costs as techs need to have a wider variety of skills than ever before. However, there is something else driving up prices you may not know about.
Why Vehicle Replacement Parts Are So High
Auto manufacturers have been patenting more parts, and this prevents generic, less expensive parts from making it to the market for years. As a result, your repair shop has to pay a premium to get those parts, and that added expense gets passed on to you.
What Are the Most Expensive Repairs?
Of course, some repairs are far more expensive than others. Some of the worst include things like:
- Damaged rod/piston/valve
- Head gasket
- Air conditioner system
- Suspension system
- Transmission replacement
Avoid Getting Scammed
Sometimes the problem really is the repair shop. For example, you don’t want to pay for the full amount of labor on two replacement parts if they can easily be changed at the same time. If you are getting your timing belt replaced, the water pump is right there. If the mechanic is charging you for more than just the cost of the part on the water pump to add this to a timing belt change, you are paying hundreds of dollars more than you should.
A Third-Party Service Contract Can Save You a Fortune
When major repairs arise unexpectedly, the right service contract may save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. For a free quote, call one of our vehicle protection specialists today at 1-800-280-6708.