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Mike& Rose

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While visiting our local RV Show this past weekend I stopped at a booth for a RV repair company. They do inspections, repairs and fix items on board. They also do body work, but charge $100 to give you an estimate. If you have them do the repair, they deduct the $100 for the total bill. Is this normal practice for RV shops?


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I have been to 3 differnt dealers/RV repair places. None charged for a estimate.


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This is starting to happen in some body shops in California. I don't understand it. I know that it does tie up an employee for a few minutes. But with computers and software programs it's easier and quicker than ever to provide an accurate estimate.

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I used these folks in 2005 and there was no charge for the estimate. They got the job and did an outstanding job on our MH.

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It is because a lot of the insurance companies want three estimates.


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We have had a number of repairs needed over the years, some with multiple estimates and we have never been asked to pay for the estimate. I would be outathere!


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I ran into the same thing from 2 different dealerships in mid Michigan back in 2008. Tire damage that involved lower panel, plastic wheel skirt and paint to match. My selling dealer in Grand Rapids didn't charge for the estimate but it was over $5000. A dealer in Mason, Mi and one in Chelsea, Mi both wanted the $100.00 estimate fee. E-mailed a place in Bremen, IN that specializes in repair and paint of RV's and estimate based on e-mailed photos was just under $2000.00. I was very glad I had got estimates and it was well worth a 100 mile tow for the high quality work that was preformed. Randu


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I'm betting they don't do MUCH body work


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Most Insurance companies have moved away from needing estimates and you can just take your vehicle to a repair facility that is authorized in their system. Also, any needed estimates are now done by their own claim adjusters. Getting estimates at repair facilities are becoming a thing of the past when insurance is paying. When insurance doesn't pay, I would venture to guess that 9 out of ten estimates do not result in the shop making a repair. Estimates cost a shop money, they have to pay their employees whether or not it results in a repair. If they didn't charge for that estimate, they would just have to pass those costs on to those who actually chose to use the facility for their repairs. That increases the costs for the real customers. A charge for an estimate, where that charge is applied to the bill should I use that shop is fine with me.

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