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5 ways to avoid overpaying for car repairs

Make the mechanic show you the parts
Make the mechanic show you the parts © Joe Belanger/Shutterstock.com

Nothing is worse than paying a lot of money for auto repairs only to learn later that the part wasn't replaced or the mechanic used substandard materials.

A great way to keep that from happening is to ask for your old parts back. "You want those parts put in the box of the new parts," says Evangelist of U.S. Auto Parts Network.

You want the box to make sure what they say they put in your car is actually what went into your car, he says. If you ask to see the broken part and the box for the new one, it diminishes the chances that the mechanic is going to rip you off.

"If the guy is handing you back an alternator and it's bad, you know you are paying for repairs on your car that are needed," Evangelist says. "Anytime someone is not educated, he ends up paying more."

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