How Much to Spend on Your Car’s Next Shock Absorbers

Very few people are aware of one of the most important components of your trusty vehicle, namely shock absorbers. With brakes and clutches getting all the attention in terms of parts to maintain for your own safety on the road, there is little thought about some of the “smaller” parts that also have an important part to play in the overall running of your vehicle. If you’ve just been told that it’s time to replace your shock absorbers, you may be wondering how much it is going to set you back. We’ve got you covered in terms of what to look out for, the factors influencing price, and how much you can expect to pay for the replacement in 2020.

What is a Shock Absorber?

Most of us associate shock absorbers with shoes, tennis rackets or motorcycles. In a nutshell, shock absorbers are two things. Firstly, they control the movement of suspension and springs. Secondly, they key your tyres in contact with the ground at all times, even when the car is in motion on a difficult terrain. Naturally, the only part of your car that makes contact with the road is the bottom part of the four tyres, so the shock absorbers work in conjunction with these when driving in conditions of all types. 

Factors Influencing The Price of Shock Absorbers

As with any component you need to replace, the make and model of your car will influence the price. Some higher end cars require specific parts, often even specifically designed with the vehicle in mind. The brand of shock absorber makes a big difference, not only in terms of price, but in terms of quality. Discuss this with the technician at the workshop, ensuring that you get a few competitive quotes from surrounding workshops, to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible. 

What You Can Expect To Pay For New Shock Absorbers

While there are some horror stories online of people paying excessively for each individual shock, you’re more likely to get a good deal if you buy more than one at a time. New shocks can set you back anywhere from R1000 to R2000, depending on the factors we mentioned, as well as keeping in mind labour costs. This can vary based on which part of the country you are in, so make sure you explore your options carefully and gather some competitive quotes. Talk to your friends and family about their experiences, and soon you’ll be pointed in the right direction.

Getting Your Car Maintenance Needs Met

If you’re worried about getting the right information for the specific make and model of your car, speak to an expert about it. Often, we forget that we rely on our vehicles to get us to our place of work, to allow us to do the things that we need to do in a given week, and to get us from A to B in a safe and secure manner. Many people skimp on maintenance costs for their vehicles, which is a recipe for disaster. Getting a second opinion will not only help to set your mind at ease, but will give you peace of mind that you’re paying the best possible price, for quality products and good service. Good luck!