Outside of rent, mortgage, utilities and healthcare, car ownership is the most expensive responsibility nearly every adult has.
In addition to paying for the car itself, you have to pay for fuel, oil, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, car washes, states inspections, emission checks, and the occasional 50 cents to even out the pressure in your tires. And these are just some of the smaller expenses you must make – smaller in comparison to costly engine swaps, coolant system refreshes, brake pad/rotor replacements, transmission changes, body repairs, and more.
As a car owner, when you take your car to a private repair shop, you usually end up paying less than what you would pay at a dealership. Sometimes you pay 25% less or do even better than that. These lower costs are often the result of low labor rates charged by private repair shops in comparison to the labor rates charged by dealerships.
But here’s the real kicker …
You can actually pay up to 50% less if you go to a private repair shop AND buy your own parts. The reason for this is simple: many private repair shops carry OEM parts and charge the same price for these parts as car dealerships. As a repair shop, they get a discount on OEM parts, but they usually don’t extend that discount to you. Instead, they charge you full retail price. And while not all private repair shops use OEM parts – some use aftermarket parts when they can – many private repair shops stick with OEM by rule of thumb.
With that said, if you need a car repair and want to pay bottom dollar for a top-rated fix, here are the steps you need to take.
- Find a private repair shop that works under a fair labor rate and allows you to bring your own parts.
- Search for used and new auto parts and buy from a company like AP Auto Parts that offers warranties for parts and/or labor.
- Have your parts delivered to you or your repair shop and, at the end of the repair, rest assured that you’re paying a fair, low rate for a long-lasting fix.
If you need any assistance finding the parts you require, please contact our used parts specialists today.