You likely have a couple of options when it comes to the total price you’ll pay for auto repair in Lansing, MI. You choose where to take your vehicle for repair; some mechanics are more expensive than others. You can also choose which types of parts you’d like the mechanic to install during the repair; some brands of car parts are more expensive than others.
Remanufactured parts, which are much less expensive than brand new parts, are also a viable option to install during the repair. Saving money is important to most folks, but is it worth it to save a couple of bucks and install the cheapest car parts? It’s usually not. Here’s why:
- Cheaper parts may be made of worse materials: As mentioned above, car parts can vary greatly in price from brand to brand. The cheaper brands usually use less-than-optimal materials during manufacturing. Don’t you want to be sure that you’re driving a car with parts made of the best materials? Hopefully so! The last things you want under your hood are parts made of shoddy materials.
- Cheaper parts may be manufactured poorly: Anyone with a basic knowledge of economics could tell you that in order to make a profit, a company needs to manufacture a product for less money than they sell it for. What are three of the best ways to cut costs during manufacturing? Using less-expensive materials (see above), hiring cheaper laborers and using less expensive equipment. It’s not unreasonable to relate cheaper labor to a poorly made product. Similarly, car plants that use less expensive equipment during manufacturing can end up producing a poorly made product. The cheapest car parts are often remanufactured—used parts that have basically been given a new life through reconstruction. While installing remanufactured parts can be a great option, you can read countless stories online about people who installed remanufactured parts, only to need new parts shortly afterwards.
- Cheaper parts can mean more repairs: Since cheaper parts can be less reliable than more expensive parts, they may fail more often. Constantly needing to take your vehicle in to a shop for repairs will cost more in the long run than paying a little bit more upfront for nice and new parts.
- Cheaper parts can be less safe: At the end of the day, you want to drive the safest car possible. You want you and your passengers to get from point A to point B without any problems, like roadside breakdowns. Cheap parts that fail while you’re on the road can lead to these dangerous roadside issues.
“You get what you pay for” is a phrase that’s thrown around a lot, but it’s especially true when it comes to auto repair in Lansing, MI. Don’t be afraid to spend a little bit more when your car is in the shop. At PFS Auto Repair, we only use the highest quality parts, so when you bring your car to us you, can rest assured that you’ll drive off with a fully functioning vehicle. For more information, or to schedule a repair for your vehicle, call PFS Auto Repair today!