Automobile Repair Service Estimator

Inspect and test automobiles to determine the need and costs of repairs.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Automobile Repair Service Estimators do?

Inspects and tests automobiles and trucks to determine need for and cost of repairs: Determines need for repairs by road test [AUTOMOBILE TESTER 620.261-014], by use of mechanical testing devices [BRAKE REPAIRER 620.281-026; FRONT-END MECHANIC 620.281-038], by questioning customer about vehicle’s performance, or by visual inspection of vehicle. Estimates cost of repair and prepares itemized work order, listing costs of parts and labor. May make minor adjustments or repairs, such as brake adjustment, battery cable replacement, or hinge lubrication. May supervise AUTOMOBILE-BODY REPAIRER 807.381-010; AUTOMOBILE MECHANIC 620.261-010; PAINTER, TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT 845.381-014; and other garage workers. May be designated according to specialty as Truck-Repair-Service Estimator.

Should I be an Automobile Repair Service Estimator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Auto Job Estimator, Automobile Service Writer, Auto Service Advisor, Auto Service Writer See More

    How to Become an
    Automobile Repair Service Estimator

    Most Automobile Repair Service Estimators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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