Profit margins in the automotive service industry are a lot narrower than many people imagine. Cars are far more complex, thus the tools and diagnostic equipment are also more complicated and diagnosing why your Check Engine light is on may require a machine that costs $18,000. Ask a senior technician how much he/she has invested in tools, initial education and ongoing training.

For example, a carburetor used to be a pretty simple part to maintain and repair. Nowadays, an electronic fuel system repair in Doylestown requires a technician to have a higher level of knowledge and expensive diagnostic equipment to read and interpret the numerous trouble codes. And it doesn’t end there. Shops must pay subscription fees for database services to locate and order the right parts. Buying or leasing shop space has risen along with other commercial real estate prices in Doylestown.

All the technology that makes today’s cars safer, more reliable, more fuel-efficient, more comfortable, more environmentally-friendly and full of more nifty gadgets comes at a price for Doylestown drivers, and complying with government regulations tacks on additional costs

Hopefully, today’s post sheds some light on the factors that affect your auto repair bill. The team at Smiths Auto & Tire¬†believe that quality service performed by veteran technicians saves money in the long run and protects your automotive investment. –