Is your car due for servicing? This is how much you can expect to pay for some common repairs and parts replacement.
Mechanical breakdowns have a penchant for always catching you out at the most inconvenient times. The annoyance goes far beyond the disruption to your schedule though - when the cause of the breakdown is identified, you would inevitably be hit by the cost of replacement parts and labour.
This cost will vary greatly, and it is dependent on the make, model, and year of your car. Parts scarcity can inflate the repair costs, but so can the increased hassle of working on more obscure or technologically advanced vehicles.
(As quoted by various workshops we have contacted)
Tips for Finding a Quality Workshop
The goal with car repairs should always be for quality repairs to be carried out, but not at the expense of your financial health. If you are having trouble sourcing for a reputable workshop, we have some tips to help out!
Ask for their rates
You wouldn’t purchase a new piece of tech without first inquiring about the financial inlay, so why would you drop your car off without first getting a repair estimate?
Always find out the cost for repairs and replacement parts before engaging in a workshop. Where possible, find out how much other people have paid for similar repairs. It is also not unwise to research the cost of replacement parts and the estimated downtime to understand the total cost better.
Compare prices with other workshops
If snagging a good deal satiates your inner bargain hunter, do not be afraid to get multiple quotes from different workshops. The 3rd party automotive repair industry is very competitive - you’ll have workshops offering to match, or better, the offers to clinch your business.
If you have an existing warranty, check with your provider for a list of approved repair shops. As a general rule of thumb, independent shops tend to be less expensive than dealerships and usually won’t mind if you were to ask for a quote.
Ask about the quality of parts
Workshops not affiliated with the authorised distributor have access to a wide range of replacement parts to conduct your repair. A lower quote may not offer as much value as one that is marginally more expensive.
There are 3 main categories of parts that you can use to carry out a repair job. The highest quality, and as a result, cost, is to use genuine replacement parts. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts are the next step down. They are made by the same appointed vendors, to the exact specifications as genuine parts, sans any branding or manufacturer support from the automaker itself. If you are looking for the sweet spot between cost and quality, OEM parts are worth looking at.
Pattern parts are also available. Aftermarket components are modelled off the genuine item but may be built out of lower-quality materials. Also, these makers may opt to cut costs by leaving out key features of the original item in a bid to make their price tags more attractive.
A word of caution though - what you save in parts cost, you may incur in labour, as these typically do not fit as well and may require a lot of hard graft to get them installed properly!
Request an estimate in writing
Make sure you get a written, comprehensive quote from the dealership or shop. This should include, but not be limited to, the cost of all the required components, labour, diagnostic fees, and any other miscellaneous costs such as tire disposal, hazardous waste disposal, or even shop supplies.
As there generally isn’t an industry standard, the agreed-upon cost to how much some repair items should cost, breakdowns, or any repairs can not only be frustrating but be financially ruinous as well.
We hope that our infographic has helped shed some light on how much common repairs and part replacements should cost you.
For an even greater peace of mind, perhaps you should consider paying a visit to the following workshops the next time you are in a spot of mechanical bother!
- J Technick’s in-car infotainment installation starts at $700 which also includes a 1-year warranty.
- They specialise in providing convenient and cost-effective solutions for continental cars.
- Their Apple CarPlay and Android Auto retrofit solution involve installing additional hardware to the vehicle’s original infotainment system, providing an OEM experience at an affordable price.
- Aestmod Auto quotes $80 to $220 for new installations with products sold separately.
- Aestmod Auto has been a leading Singapore auto stereo store since 2006.
- They have an inventory of over 300 products such as GPS tracking systems and in-car surveillance cameras. They also provide Android ATC - a fully integrated Android operating system for your car.
- Gary's Engineering is an all in one workshop that specializes in all types of vehicles be it Japanese, Korean, Continental or others.
- They work on engine and gearbox repairs/rebuilds and tuning to other mechanical parts such as suspension, brakes and more.
- Transmission servicing starts at $98 onwards for Asian cars and $128 onwards for Continental.
- Their Engine Oil Servicing Package, includes an OEM Filter and 21pt check, starting at $98 onwards for Asian Cars and $128 onwards for Continental.
- A brand new Gearbox Replacement starts at $1,200 for Asian Cars and $1,900 for Continental.
- Jackson Powertrain is an Automatic Transmission specialist with over 40 years of experience in the automotive industry.
- They are familiar with all types of Automatic Transmissions (AT), Continuous Variable Transmissions (CVT), Torque Converters and Direct Shift Gearboxes (DSG).
- Jackson Powertrain is an official ZF (Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen, German C-parts maker) service partner with multiple transmission accreditations.
- Transmission servicing starts at $1,800 onwards for Asian cars and $2,600 onwards for Continental, depending on the complexity of transmission and cost of parts.
Brakes and Suspension:
- Verve Motorwotkz is a workshop located in the Eastern region of Singapore that specialises in general repair and maintenance of cars at affordable and transparent rates.
- They have a team of highly experienced mechanics that look to apply their knowledge and repair skills to your vehicle with perfection.
- Brakes repair for the front and back starts at $200 onwards for Asian cars and $300 onwards for Continental.
- Suspension repair for the front and back starts at $500 onwards for Asian cars and $800 onwards for Continental.
- Brake pad replacement starts at $100 onwards for Asian cars and $200 onwards for Continental.
- Suspension damper replacement with labour, excluding other parts, starts at $500 onwards for Asian Cars and $900 onwards for Continental.
- Genus Performance is an automotive repair centre that provides a variety of services that meets not only the needs of your vehicle but also your own personal wants.
- Genus Performance’s air-con diagnosis costs $80 nett, which includes the following steps:
- Monitor A/C System Working pressure
- Recovers and recycle refrigerant
- Electronically monitors and display amount of refrigerant and oil recovered
- Leak testing under vacuum
- Evacuate air-conditioning system
- Deep vacuum and the removal of any residual moisture from the system.
- Electronically charge lubricating oil or UV dye by volume into the air-conditioning system.
- Electronically charges refrigerants with high accuracy.
- Technic Autocare is a one-stop car servicing, car repair, car workshop in Singapore that prides themselves on their dedicated and experienced professionals who will attend to your needs and work to turnaround promptly.
- Technic Autocare quotes are as follows:
- Top-up Aircon Gas: $30
- Aircon System Flush: $80
- Replace Condenser: $200+
- Replace compressor: $500+
- Replace cooling coil, expansion valve, receiver drier including dismantling dashboard: $500+
- Full repair: $1,310
- Established in 2017, Infinity Auto Pte Ltd has built its reputation as a reliable and expert auto repair and service agent and is the efficient one-stop destination for all your vehicle needs.
- They are an affiliate of the IMI (UK) Institute of the Motor Industry and have been since 2020.
- Their expert group of mechanics are IMI (UK) certified in various fields in the automotive field, including Damage Assessing, Hybrid & EV Repairing, Air Con Repairs and more.
- Infinity Auto’s Diagnostic Cooling System & Air-Con repair starts from as low as $78.
Tyres and Batteries:
- Since 1967, KGC Workshop is a one-stop automotive workshop for car servicing, car accident assistance, air-conditioning servicing, car insurance matters, car grooming, spray painting, paint protection and polishing as well as body kit customisation.
- KGC has expanded its services to include car servicing and maintenance. The KGC team includes highly experienced specialist mechanics who work on both Japanese and Continental vehicles.
- Battery Replacement starts at $90 to $260 for Asian cars, depending on normal battery or AGM/EGM and $280 to $360 for Continental.
- Tyre Repair/Replacement of various sizes, flat tyre, etc starts from $80 to $500
- Full Repairs of Asian Hybrids start at $1,200 onwards for Used Cars and $6,800 onwards for New Cars.
- Full Repairs of Continental Hybrids start at $2,800 onwards for Used Cars and $10,000 onwards for New Cars.
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