|AAA Care Repair Might Not Be Your Best Bet|
Car repairs can really break your budget, especially unexpected ones. You can often be frugal and do your own oil changes and routine maintenance but when it comes to the bigger things, most of us are at the mercy of a mechanic and finding an honest one can be really tough.
As my husband and I recently found out, word of mouth is still the best way to find a good mechanic. When we needed some more pricey repairs done on our jeep we did our homework and determined that a local AAA Service Center would be a reputable way to go. They have several ethics awards and they have been around for years. Wasn't their business built on reputation? Well, buyer beware!
Over a six month period we were given three clearly trumped up estimates at a local AAA repair shop (owned and operated by AAA). Each time we took our jeep or van to AAA for a repair we would come out with a list of things that they said needed to be "addressed" and each time the grand total was somewhere just under $2000! I understand the art of the 'up sale' but it became exhausting.
My elderly mother took her car into the very same shop and received a very similar estimate for repairs which she took to a different mechanic and compared service for service, AAA over had inflated the estimate by more than $1500.
Are all AAA Service Centers dishonest? We should hope not, but the point here is that when it comes to a large purchase or repair, old fashioned word of mouth recommendations cannot be replaced by the web.
One final note, if your car is not worth repairing, then you may consider donating your car for a tax credit. Organizations like Goodwill will allow you to donate your car for a tax credit and then they will repair it and sell it at a discounted rate to someone in need.