AutoMD.com Estimates American Consumers Overpaying by More than $20 Billion on Auto Repairs; New Consumer Guide Launches to Help ‘Repair’ that Problem
Carson, CA – April 15, 2010 – AutoMD.com (www.automd.com) the most comprehensive and unbiased free online auto repair resource, today released its Consumer Guide to Fair Auto Repair, specifically designed to help car owners get a fair shake in auto repair - and to save American consumers almost $20 billion dollars a year on their repair bills.
In a recent nationwide analysis of repair shops by AutoMD.com*, mystery shoppers uncovered dramatic price quote variances for the same repair job on the same vehicle. Furthermore, the report’s mystery shoppers were able to shave an average of nearly 14% from the quoted estimate given by the majority of the shops by countering with online information: i.e., specific, ‘fair’ job estimate based on labor rates and labor hours required, as well as true parts cost.
As an extension of this study, AutoMD.com recently teamed with CBS News for an undercover investigation of auto repair shops; and, as reported on the CBS Early Show on April 14th, the investigation not only revealed repair shops giving overblown estimates, but also multiple instances of shops recommending unnecessary work.
By utilizing tips and information in AutoMD.com’s in-depth Consumer Guide to Fair Auto Repair, which walks car owners through every action they need to take to not only make sure they get a fair price, but to help ensure that they are not paying for unnecessary repairs, the cost savings could be even greater than the nearly 14% achieved in the AutoMD.com study.
AutoMD.com’s Consumer Guide to Fair Auto Repair is firmly grounded in the following four major quick and easy steps, designed to ensure a fair repair experience at the repair shop:
“With American car owners spending roughly $150 billion a year at repair shops**, AutoMD.com is dedicated to putting that 14% savings (and we believe it could be as much as 20%), equaling over $20 billion dollars, back in their collective pockets,” said AutoMD.com President Shane Evangelist. “Add to that the amount consumers can save by NOT paying for repairs they don’t need, and the savings could double.”
The AutoMD.com Consumer Guide to Fair Auto Repair provides a step-by-step roadmap for car owners: from how to diagnose - to establishing the fair price estimate – to identifying the best and most affordable shops – all interwoven with insider tips from auto repair experts and mechanics covering everything from what questions to ask, what not to say, as well as how to dissect an actual auto repair estimate.
“Bottom line: ‘Repairing’ the auto repair process by encouraging consumers to know before they go is critical for today’s cash-strapped consumer, and AutoMD.com, with its new Consumer Guide to Fair Auto Repair, is designed to do just that,” concluded Evangelist.
∗ AutoMD.com press release 2.24.2010: AutoMD.com™ Ranks Best and Worst Cities for Auto Repair
∗∗AAIA 2010 Digital Factbook
AutoMD.com™ (www.automd.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Auto Parts Network, Inc., (Nasdaq:PRTS), is the most comprehensive and unbiased free online automotive repair resource designed to empower car owners with the best way to repair their vehicles. Backed by a team of automotive data specialists and certified auto mechanics who are advocates for the car owner, AutoMD.com allows both car owners and DIYers to 1. Diagnose car problems, 2. Know how much auto repairs should cost, 3. Understand the steps needed and the time it should take with How-to Auto Repair guides, and 4. Find the right local auto repair shop at the right price for their issue and 5. Get your auto repair questions answered by the AutoMD community.
Unlike other repair sites, AutoMD.com does not rely on revenue from repair shops or dealerships, so car owners can rest assured that AutoMD.com repair shop listings are completely unbiased and designed to help car owners choose the best, most affordable shop for their vehicle issue.