Thursday, May 13, 2010

How to avoid being a Victim of Auto Repair Scams or Gimmicks

Many of us have felt cheated by auto mechanics at one time or another, while there are many very honest mechanics out there as a consumer you must protect yourself from the many scams. Always use the same mechanic and build a good relationship with them don't use a station or repair shop that you happened to past by unless its an emergency. Be aware of the Florida Motor Vehicle Repair Act, Florida statutes 559.901 through 599.9221. This act requires that a written estimate of the cost of a repair be given to you if your repair will exceed $100.00. Always get a written estimate for any work done on your car and demand additional written estimates if the repairs are to exceed the original figure. You may also demand to be contacted by the attendant or mechanic for your authorization if there is going to be an expense over and above that which is stated in the estimate. You can ask that old parts replaced during the repair be returned to you. The repair facility must tell you whether or not new or used parts are to be used in the repair. All work and parts are required to be itemized on an invoice so you can know the reason for all charges. This law was designed to protect the consumer, so make use of it.

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