How Much Should You Pay for Routine Maintenance and Repair?

You’re not made of money, so you don’t want to have to pay more than you have to for routine vehicle maintenance and common repairs. At the same time, you do not want to set yourself up for trouble down the road because of sub-standard work or materials.

If you’re not in the industry, it can be hard to know what a fair price for any service is, especially because advertised specials or high-volume shops can create some big price differences.

Here’s a quick guide for fair market pricing for quality maintenance and repair services (most of which are available at Quanz Auto Body).

Oil Change

Oil changes are absolutely essential to your vehicle’s health and performance. Depending on the year, make and model, your vehicle will need an oil change every 3-5,000 miles (check your owner’s manual). When it’s time, you’re looking at spending about $35-$40.

What’s included:

  • Technician’s time
  • New oil
  • Oil disposal fee

Price can increase if you need oil formulated for a high-mileage vehicle or synthetic oil.

If you want to be proactive about making your vehicle maintenance earth-friendly, insist on a garage that recycles oil (Quanz does!).

Flat Tire Repair

Not every flat requires a new tire. For clean holes made in the tread (not the tire wall), you can restore tire integrity with a patch, and for that, expect to pay about $25/patch.

What’s included:

  • Technician’s time
  • Materials

There are limits to patching. If the hole is too big or too close to the edge, you may have to spring for a new tire. The technician will determine if a patch is possible or not upon a quick visual inspection.

Windshield Chip Repair

You can save yourself some major expense by taking care of small chips ASAP. Chip repair (fill) when done well can prevent cracks from spreading, and that ensures clear vision and vehicle stability. When done well, you can expect to pay about $25/chip.

What’s included:

  • Technician’s time
  • Materials

Some nationwide chains charge more than $80 for a chip fill, which is outrageous. There is no difference in quality or warranty; at that price, you’re just paying for their marketing.

Windshield Replacement

Here’s a tricky estimate to make. The cost of windshield replacement varies greatly depending on the size of your vehicle (e.g. passenger car vs. full-size SUV or heavy-duty pickup) and the type of glass you choose (“standard” auto glass replacement or OEM). On average, you’re looking at $250. The usual range is between $100 and $400.

What’s included:

  • Technician’s time
  • Materials—adhesive and glass

Cost of service may also increase if you get mobile windshield replacement.

At Quanz Auto Body, we want you to get the best service at the best price. If there is a service we do not provide, you can still contact us to get recommendations for services or information from people in-the-know about how much is reasonable to pay.