Okay, so I have a 2005 Nissian Altima that has been a very reliable car and quite honestly a real trooper. It is currently in the shop for repairs that were caused by my first (and only) accident. I hit a bale of hay on the interstate going about 70 mph. Yes... A bale of hay.
The repairs I am needing are cosmetic and were not caused by the hay incident. My passenger side mirror and taillight are the issue. The mirror is no longer there and the area where it should be is covered in duct tape. Now the taillight is just cracked. The estimate that I received to fix both was around $500+. $500!!! Although I'm 26 years old and a college graduate with a decent job, I am unfortunately not yet a millionare.
However, I was looking online and I found that the parts I need are reasonably priced. Also, I still have the original passenger side mirror. (I was told by the mechanic that I could not use it and would have to purchase a new one.) So my question is: Should I just take my car in and pay the $500+? Or, should I purchase the parts online and have the mechanic use those? Would that be any cheaper? I'm just afraid that since I'm young and a female they will try to over charge me. Any advice or information would be helpful and greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time!