The Gentleman


April 18, 2013

Auto Body Repair Estimates Demystified

Don’t get taken for a ride by your auto mechanic. Learn what to look for in your repair estimate.

Talking to a mechanic can be intimidating, even if you know a lot about cars. However, when your car is in the shop, it’s important to check their written estimate and ask questions. Here are some items that commonly crop up on estimates:

R & I

“This is shorthand for “remove and install” and means to take something off your car and then to re-install it later. Parts that are not damaged may need to be temporarily removed to access another part that was damaged or more often so the panel it is taken off of can painted properly.”

Repair (aka ‘Rpr’)

“This is the most discretionary item on an estimate, and typically the amount of time it takes to repair something will be underlined or asterisk-ed (*) to indicate this.”

Hopefully with some prior knowledge about what you’ll find on the estimate, you will have the confidence to ask the right questions and get a fair price on your repair work.

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