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Repairing in Time for Holiday Travel — You are Entitled to an Estimate

Question: Am I legally entitled to a written estimate before a body shop can start repairs on my car? Answer: According to the law, you are entitled to a written estimate for any repairs over $100, preferably before the work begins. Two types of estimates are possible: parts and labor, plus or minus ten percent, or a maximum price. When you get the estimate, the law says you can approve the estimate in writing, or ask for your car back “in a disassembled state.”       For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to   Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit