A Closer Inspection on Shop Fees or Shop Supply Fees in Springfield, OH

Have you got questions about shop fees or the shop supply fee? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, “What the heck are shop fees, and why am I paying them?” is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive. To answer this question and provide more insight into shop fees, Zima Automotive — the leading facility for auto repair in Springfield, OH — has created a quick and easy article. Let’s pop the hood, open the doors, and take a closer inspection of shop fees

What Are Shop Fees or Shop Supply Fees? 

Anytime and every time you have your vehicle repaired or maintenance done, there are several supplies involved. In addition to the big parts and components being replaced — think brake pads, oil, filters, 02 sensors, etc. — several other minor incidentals are essential to performing the service called shop supplies. 

A Closer Inspection on Shop Fees or Shop Supply Fees with Zima Automotive in Springfield, OH; image of shop owner Max Zima pointing and smiling at front desk computer in shop

Instead of nickeling and diming for every single shop supply we use, we generally charge what is known as a “shop fee.” This relatively low fee is designed to cover all of the lubricants, aerosol cleaners, abrasives, cleaning pads, fluids, and day-to-day supplies that we use to repair your vehicle.

Why Does Zima Automotive Charge a Shop Fee? 

We will utilize anywhere from 10 to 50 different shop supplies on any given vehicle service or repair. Taking the time to itemize and bill you for each of these items would slow the auto repair process, leading to higher repair costs. It would, in effect, become a bookkeeping nightmare, which would necessitate a bookkeeping charge for every bill. No one wants that. 

Instead, we charge a relatively low shop fee or shop supply fee to cover these necessary costs. This way, our mechanic doesn’t have to write down every single shop supply used, we can keep our services as cost-effective as possible, and you can have your vehicle serviced or repaired quicker

Do Other Shops in Springfield, OH Charge Shop Fees?

Whether you see it as a shop fee or not, you are paying this charge. Other shops view these costs as operating overhead and charge you higher rates. This is very common. At Zima Automotive, we opt to use the better and more transparent option for you and your vehicle. Instead of charging higher rates, levying a low shop fee allows us to keep our costs down, be as transparent as possible, and continue delivering the world-class service you’ve come to expect from Zima Automotive. 

Contact Zima Automotive for Auto Repair in Springfield, OH

We get it —  automotive repair isn’t something you have to schedule every day (hopefully). The mechanic and auto repair facilities have gotten a bad rap over the years to make matters worse. Fortunately, Zima Automotive is working to change this perspective one auto repair at a time

At Zima Automotive, we don’t just want to be the best repair facility in the Springfield, OH area, and we want to be your one-stop-shop for all things automotive. We offer a full range of auto repair solutions, but our dedication to transparency is a service that sets us apart.

Contact Zima Automotive today for auto repair in Springfield, OH. 

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