As spare parts grew more expensive, repair shops raised prices of services

Despite the forecasts that weather is growing colder and the first snowfalls are expected the next few days, the car service stations in Chisinau today didn’t have many clients. “This is due to the milder weather conditions this year. The previous years, the snow caught the drivers by surprise and many of them besieged the vehicle services to have the tires changed,” the manager of a repair shop situated on Mircea cel Bătrân Blvd in Ciocana district, stated for IPN. He said the service to change the tiers this year costs 250 lei for a Sedan car (largest category of cars in Moldova, e.n.), by 30 lei more than last year. The prices were raised because the spare parts are also more expensive.

The same service station provides car wash services. The full (inside and outside) wash of a Sedan car costs 150 lei. The price was raised by 20 lei a month ago because the cleansing agents used to wash the cars are now more expensive too. The agents are made in Moldova, but the raw material is imported and its price is higher. As the tariffs and prices of other services grew, the managers of service stations look for solutions to raise the salaries of employees so as to keep them.

At other repair shops in Ciocana, the drivers could have their tires replaced for 240 lei.

According to the State Hydrometeorological Service, snow and sleet are expected all over Moldova on December 4. The National Public Security Inspectorate warns the drivers to properly outfit their cars before setting off and to constantly adjust the speed to the road conditions.

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