I remember going to get a car tyre puncture repair and being shocked at how much it cost.
So I asked some friends how much they'd expect to pay if they got a car tyre puncture.
The range of prices they gave me was unbelievable. And more to the point way higher than I actually paid.
So I said to them, "where would you go to get the repair done?"
Soon as I heard their answers I knew why they thought it would be so much.
Most of them said they'd go to Kwik Fit or one of the other high street garages.
But some of the others said - and I really couldn't believe this - they'd go to the main dealer where they bought the car.
Can you believe that?
That's why I did this article to give people a better idea of how much they should pay.
What's more if you read all of the comments below you'll find out some more shocking facts.
Shocking Fact No 1
Because the truth is most people have no idea about car tyres.
And because of that they don't know what a puncture repair costs or what a fair price would be for a repair.
In fact it's a bit like when people go to get their car serviced or repaired.
If you're like most people, you're very busy.
And because they're busy many people just go to their nearest garage to get their car fixed.
But that often means going to one of the national companies like Halfords Autocentres or Kwik Fit or to a main dealer.
The mechanic then gives them a price and this is the bit I don't understand...
... Many of them just accept it without shopping around at other garages to see what price they would charge.
Most People Are Overcharged For Car Tyre Puncture Repairs
Please don't become one of those people in 2016 who gets overcharged for a tyre repair.
Paid £15 and I thought that was OK
Last year I got a slow puncture when I was miles away from home and paid £15 to get it repaired.
And a few years before that I only paid £8 (If you want to get deals and prices like that get our newsletter).
The highest guess from one of my friends was, £80! And all the other prices were from £30 upwards.
Would you have said as much as that?
When my friends heard how much I paid they started saying things like:
"It couldn't be a good quality repair."
"It must be from a dodgy place."
"The place had charged me the wrong amount etc, etc."
But what this showed me was how little most people know about the cost of getting basic car repairs.
One Of The Most Important Things To Have In Your Car
Also, unless you're very unlucky, when you get a car tyre puncture it's often a slow puncture.
That's means one of the most important things you should have in your car is a foot pump with a pressure gauge. You can find a very good one here if you do a search for foot pumps.
You see if you have a slow puncture and you've got a foot pump you can simply pump up the tyre and the tyre will be OK for a few days. This gives you plenty of time to shop around to find the best place to get it fixed.
Fixing A Car Tyre Puncture Is Easy
Getting a car tyre puncture repair is about as basic as it comes and everyone should have an idea of how little it costs and how quickly it can be done.
The whole process of the fitter finding and fixing the puncture takes under 10 minutes and unless you've been driving on your rims, there shouldn't be anything wrong with the wheel.
All you literally do is drive up, ask how much it would cost, give them the wheel locking nut and they jack the car up to take off the wheel.
Once off they take the tyre off, put it into some water to find the puncture, put a patch over the hole and put it all back again. It couldn't be any easier.
Did You Know It Was That Easy?
If you knew it was that quick and that easy would you expect to pay £80 or even £30?
So the take away with this is.
If you find you need a car tyre puncture repaired go to one of the independent tyre fitters.
They may not look like much and they're not going to sit you down and offer you a cup of coffee.
But 10 minutes later you'll be driving out, puncture fixed with a perfectly good tyre repair and all for a lot less than £80.
Learn More From The 30+ Comments Below
Read all of the comments below, there are some very interesting points and advice given. Then let's hear what you have to say.
So would you go to an independent tyre fitter or would you only use car dealers or companies like Kwik Fit and Halfords Autocentres? Have your say in the comments below.
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