Auto Maintenance Convenience Tips

Everyone who owns a vehicle knows that all vehicles need to be maintained, and if there is any damage found, needs to be repaired. If you are one of the many vehicle owners in the world you probably have a first name basis with your friendly neighborhood serviceman.

Parallel to this, you probably sometimes wish that having your car serviced could be made convenient too. This equation, service and convenience, is a rare occurrence but definitely present in the auto service industry. Nonetheless, convenience is actually part of the service that needs to be paid for. That’s the reason why there are gas cards and gas credit cards available that could help out in auto repair costs by giving discounts to the cardholder.

In actuality, you may have been subject to the cost of convenience without realizing it. For most people who lead very busy lives and do not have the time to check on the current retail prices of auto parts, a $300 excess in a service bill is acceptable for car repairs that costs around $1500. However, for the more conservative consumer, this may mean a struggle to meet other financial deadlines, especially if their budgets are set in stone.

Nevertheless, repair costs vary from service center to another for a variety of reasons. This article though, aims to explain to you, why there are fees for the service called convenience.

Sometimes, auto service centers charge higher because business is sluggish. These service centers would have to cover their over head expenses and of course, these costs would be passed on to their clientele, like an additional service fee. Some may find this understandable, while others may feel that this is unjustified. However it is not uncommon practice to add in a profit margin almost 20% more than auto parts dealers.

Another reason why prices vary is because of the competition with other auto service centers. Others may quote a higher price, focusing their sales pitch on the guarantee that they will use only quality parts, while others may quote a lower tag, but will not let you know that they will be using inferior parts, probably from their favored cheaper suppliers. This is even if the prices of the parts are really not that high.

You may also be charged additional fees for the quality of the diagnosis your car will receive. Service centers will undoubtedly use the supposed professionalism of their service crew as a marketing tool and as a means to give their higher fees a reason.

With the lack of standardized service in the auto repair industry, it would be better for you to think that you need to be the one responsible on checking for these “convenience” charges.

The first thing you should do is to always be nice and sincere in dealing with the service center crew. This way, it is easier to ask questions about the charges, negotiate if possible, and ask for discounts that will inevitably lower or totally eradicate the convenience charges. Also, if you can find the time, you should not settle for the first service center you go into, shop around for cost estimates and this might really make the difference.

See: Gas credit card

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