College Connect Spring 2019: Car Repair Research Can Help Students Avoid Being Overcharged

Posted By David Wilhite on Tuesday April 9, 2019

By Savannah Martin

College is the time when many young adults find themselves facing huge financial responsibilities for the first time. But, sometimes it can be routine things such as car repair that cause the most concern.

Emilie Gille, a senior at the University of Georgia, said she has been warned about general sexism toward women when it comes to car repairs and she is concerned about being ripped off.

“I’m always very wary,” said Gille.

This past semester, Gille had to have her car serviced. She generally hates handling car issues because she does not consider herself informed on car maintenance. Her most recent car repair was especially inconvenient as she had to go back to the auto repair shop several times.

“I usually do a lot of research before I go to a mechanic because I want to make sure that the place I’m going to has good reviews. After the fact, I always call my mom and go over everything and discuss it,” Gille said.

Gille recommended that everyone research mechanics thoroughly, including a check to see if your car insurance company has any certified mechanics in your area, as these certified places are more trustworthy and provides a fair price.

Ace Willis or Precision Tune on Atlanta Highway said Gille’s research is the best thing anyone can do when handling car repairs.

“One of the things you can do, to avoid being overcharged, is get a second and third opinion. Then compare prices,” Willis said, “Big name shops usually will be around the same prices. It is the private garages that usually end up charging more.”

An article by MoneyTalksNewsaffirmed Gille and Willis’ statements by listing ways to avoid being overcharged: looking for mechanics with certifications, locating shops with the right equipment, reading reviews, finding a mechanic that specializes in your problem and asking questions.

To help college students, Willis said his Precision Tune offers $18.90 oil changes using synthetic blend oil and has additionally monthly specials online.

Willis’ statement of Precision Tune’s desire to help college students is part of a luminous sign in front of the shop that reads: “Parent’s like paying for oil changes, not engines.”

For students anxious about having their car serviced for the first time without parental aid, Willis offered his insight: “Keep an eye on oil levels, air pressure, and your gauges at all times. Try and use someone that someone else has been using for a while; word of mouth can be very helpful.”

Savannah Martin is a journalism student at the University of Georgia.

 

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