EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WNAC) - Jina Petrarca, Spokesperson for the Auto Body Association of Rhode Island, and Frank O'Brien, Vice President of state government relations for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, joined Dan Yorke to debate a new collision repair bill that has passed the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee. … [Read more...] about 5/15: Auto body & insurance industries face off in debate over auto body parts bill
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Michelle Singletary Washington Post March 23, 2018 WASHINGTON — I call her Betsy.And she’s been good to me for the last 12 years. She’s my Honda Odyssey minivan with 169,000 miles. I believe and trust she’s still got a lot of life in her.But lately Betsy has been having some trouble. And it’s costing me quite a bit lately. She’s in the shop right now. Advertisement “Please, help save her,” I told my mechanic when I dropped her off. Get Talking Points in your inbox: An afternoon recap of the day’s most important business news, delivered weekdays. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here “No problem,” he assured me.I don’t have the estimate back yet for the latest issue, but I suspect it’ll be at least another couple of hundred dollars.My husband is getting … [Read more...] about Got high auto-repair expenses? This is the sign it’s time to let go of your old car.
Last Updated May 25, 2010 12:43 PM EDT Sooner or later, all car buyers face the big question: Should I go to the dealer or an independent repair shop to get work done? By avoiding dealerships in favor of independents when you have work not covered by the warranty, you can save an average of $300 a year, according to a new study by AutoMD.com. AutoMD, which covers all car-repair topics, collected its data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Federal Highway Administration and the Aftermarket Industry Association (the trade group for parts makers and repair shops). Car owners who go to dealers for repairs spend an average of $1,209 a year vs. $903 for those who use independent shops, the study concluded. (For the cost difference on brake jobs, transmission repairs and three other common repairs, see below.) The biggest cost differentials are often on both the simplest and most complicated jobs. "Routine maintenance, like oil changes, will be much cheaper at independents or … [Read more...] about Auto Repair: Save $300 by Avoiding Dealers
Last Updated Mar 11, 2011 12:51 PM EST It's less painful than a visit to the dentist, but taking your car in for repairs can be nearly as unpleasant -- and a lot more expensive. So before buying a new car, consider a survey released today that ranks auto makers by their service departments. Lexus tops luxury brands and Mini leads mass market nameplates in the 2011 J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Index. General Motors does well in both categories, with its Cadillac, GMC, Buick and Chevrolet dealers all among the top four finishers in their divisions. The one thing that really seems to tick off car owners is when the service department puts pressure on them to pay up for additional, possibly unnecessary, repairs or service, the Power study says. But -- surprisingly to me -- only 7% of the 97,300 respondents said they felt such pressure. That number increased to 9% among those with four-year old cars. On a scale of satisfaction where 1,000 is best, those who said they felt … [Read more...] about Auto Repair: Survey Names Best and Worst Service Departments
Marilyn Lewis and Hiram Reisner contributed to this post Insurance, at its best, helps protect against events that could send your finances into a death spiral. Crucial products include insurance against serious car crashes, the loss of or damage to a home and the loss of income due to death or disability. Other products? Many offer little value, or they’re filled with exclusions and caveats. Following are some potentially dumb insurance buys: 1. Identity theft insurance Federal law limits your liability from credit card fraud, so even if a thief uses yours, you’re off the hook if you report theft promptly. Says the Federal Trade Commission: Your liability for unauthorized use of your credit card is limited to $50. If you report the loss to the credit card company before your credit card is used, you are not responsible for any unauthorized use. Most card companies go a step further and offer $0 fraud liability. Report an ATM card missing within two business … [Read more...] about 14 kinds of insurance that can waste your money