Any car repair project, whether mechanical or cosmetic, can turn into a real nightmare when you’re dealing with the dealership, or even with an independent mechanic. While most mechanics are honest, many shops rely on the information asymmetry between themselves and their customers to line their pockets.
We recently came across a customer story that we thought would be beneficial for car owners in this predicament to hear.
The customer owns a 1996 Volvo 850. Unfortunately, she broke off her passenger side view mirror when she was pulling out of her driveway. After getting it checked out, a local shop quoted her $300 to replace the mirror on a car that’s 20+ years old and worth less than $4,000.
This is where smart customers separate themselves from what’s easiest. Many people would have just coughed up the $300 without question… but not our PartsMarket customer. She knows she has a better option.
She did some research online, on PartsMarket, and quickly found a used matching mirror. The DIY enthusiast in her also found an accompanying instructional video on how to remove the old part and install the purchased replacement.
Let’s not fortget that the internet is stocked with resources that can save you some serious money on common car fixes such as this one. Whether you want to learn how to change your own oil, replace your brake pads, or even swap out a cracked bumper, auto repair forums and sites like YouTube can be extremely helpful.
Furthermore, to save money on quality recycled original (“OEM”) parts, you can always visit PartsMarket. As soon as you have the part, the instructions necessary, and a few basic tools, you can start saving big bucks on these types of common auto repair jobs.
Now get out there and get to fixing!