This Study Shows the Top Money Saving Tip for Car Repair

Everyone who’s ever driven a car knows the pain and frustration of having to take a broken car into a mechanic.  When we take our cars to the mechanic, it is easy to feel anxiety and dread over getting a $2000 repair bill for a problem that we don’t even fully understand!

But, you don’t have to be at the mercy of the mechanic!

A study conducted over thousands of drivers and thousands of repair shops showed one shocking way that drivers can be prepared and be guaranteed to save money.

The best thing that you can do to save money when getting car repair is knowing what repair you need and how much it should cost.

Many drivers spend time reading reviews online and finding a repair shop that other people like – but that isn’t the best way to make sure that you aren’t getting ripped off.  

For both men and women, mechanics are much more likely to give you an honest rate when you come to them prepared and knowing what you need and how much the repair should cost.  

What’s worse for women is that, among people who didn’t know what repair they needed, women were MORE likely to be given a higher quote for the same repair than men for the exact same issues!  

So what is the easiest way that you can educate yourself so you aren’t taken advantage of when you go to a mechanic?  

One thing you can do to save money is to start doing your research online and finding possible problems and costs.  You can then take your vehicle to a few local mechanics (we recommend more than 3) so they can confirm the repairs needed and the total cost of the repair.  From this, you should have a strong idea of what repair work is needed and what an honest cost is.  

But did you know that there is a port in your car that can tell you all this without you needing to go to a mechanic in the first place?  At FIXD, our goal is to make this process as simple as possible for drivers, and that’s why we created the FIXD sensor. If you use our FIXD sensor when you have a car problem, we can give you the confidence to know exactly what you need.  For each car problem, we’ll tell you what it means in simple terms, as well as the repair needed and the total recommended cost of repair. It’s easy to show a mechanic what your FIXD sensor tells you so they know that YOU know what repair you need and how much it should cost.  

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BoerneTXFIXD

October 11, 2019

I am living proof. We have a very, very good local franchise of the nationwide Car-X chain. They have had no turnover on staff, manager is the same, high volume so that helps the manager make quota (which as any American corporation has- they have sales targets) so despite all that, and it’s hard to put my finger on it, but I get even better service on top of great and fair service I already get. I think the win-win is that the manager/service writer can have his technician focus on what’s wrong when I walk in with a diagnostic code. Simple as that. Of course he is required to suggest fluids and things but the code/Fixed info it allows the tech to ‘get on it’ and get it done quickly. Then they can focus on the person walking-in who knows something is wrong and has no idea. I know from similar past repairs pre-FIXD that it has paid for itself. FIXD showed a #3 cylinder misfire and some other indicators on my O2 sensor on my wife’s 2015 Town & Country. Sure enough, we had a valve head issue and learned it was covered by Chrylser- we got a serious, serious issue repaired and was great to know it was a bona fide warranty issue. Many thanks FIXD! Only iwish you could expand the diagnostics a bit more. Would be neat if the app worked with one of the major diagnostic gear firms and build in a Bluetooth or hard connection to a diagnotic device that those of us who are a little bit more mechanical can use for enhanced diagnostics- especially diagnosing more and more complicated electronics-related issues. Also might be nice to have an option to tie in diagnostics history and readings with the CarFax app I used to keep all my maintenance history and get my reminders about recommended service intervals- which I know FIXD has but CarFax has the national automatic feeds even from our state (Texas) vehicle registrations, inspections and catches automatic feeds from my oil change service I use and so on. Just a thought. Very greatful to you guys- I know the two FIXD units I have for our cars have paid for themselves.

Louis Nyary

October 11, 2019

Great to know this! I only wish I had known about this two months ago when my “check engine” light came on and I was told that the coils had to be replaced. The cost came to $650 and I trusted the repair shop manager that he was giving me the lowest price for the repair. He replaced three of the six coils and cleared the check engine light. I came back two days later with the same problem and he had to replace one additional coil which resolved the problem and charged me $59.95 for the coil.
I know afterwards that I was well overcharged but it’s too late now. I definitely will make sure that in the future to use the FIXD info and work with the info to get the correct cost for the repair.
Thank you FIXD for your help.

Joey Zamora

October 11, 2019

This was very helpful, and the I like the fact that I can diagnose my car myself and fix it for cheaper than a mechanic charges

Michael Suitpak

October 11, 2019

I do my own repairs. I like the FIXD with the upgrade, it narrows down the problem…
Thank you

Jerry H

October 11, 2019

Use it all the time. Gives you peace of mind knowing what your problem is before you pay up to $150 for diagnostics tests. Many times problems can be be taken care of without a trip to your mechanic. Works well

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