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Dear John,

“Why do auto repair shops charge for “shop supplies?”

Frank S., Meridian, Idaho

Dear Frank,

Your question regarding the charge for shop supplies is a good one. The fact is, nearly all automotive repair businesses charge a nominal supply, or materials charge. It is intended to cover expense of ancillary cleaners, small nuts, bolts, and washers, rags and gloves, etc. used in providing automotive services. The reason you don’t see these charges at some shops is they raise their labor rates or, charge more for parts on all jobs to compensate for the additional costs. Meridian Automotive chooses to charge a nominal supply charge that relates to the actual work being done.

John Nesmith, Meridian Automotive

John Nesmith

Owner, Meridian Automotive