This post is aimed for you to save money on your Mac repair. This is from the perspective of the Mac repair shop based on our experiences and what we see daily. We hope we can help you make an informed decision and have a great repair experience. If you like repair please visit this site to support Right to Repair legislation.
Use Genuine (Pre-Owned Parts) when possible. San Diego Mac Repairs offers our clients pre-owned genuine used parts to repair their computer. You can generally save between 30-50 percent of the cost versus a new unused part. A used genuine part is better than an aftermarket new part.
Backup your data. You can save hundreds of dollars by simply backing up your data through time machine. Average data transfer and recovery costs between $100-500 and sometimes more if it needs to go a clean room. Drive savers is a recommended company for a data recovery option. Backing up data can be a chore but can save you in the long run. Visit Apples page on how to backup your Mac through time machine.
Choose an Apple Certified technician. Whoever you choose to repair your Mac, make sure they are Apple Certified. Apple Certified techs will give you a proper diagnosis and has experience repairing every Mac. You wouldn't take your Mercedes car for service to a BMW specialist. Apple Certified techs are knowledgable about REP (repair extension programs) or recalls from Apple that are common. You may end up spending more money on something another tech didn't check or wasn't knowledgeable of. We have seen customers replace every component in a Mac only to find out it was a $60 cable for the hard drive.
Ask for specials or promotions. Some repair shops will offer some type of promotion or discount through Yelp or their website. San Diego Mac Repair offers $10 off for any student or member of the military. Its okay to ask for a discount but don't be too pushy or excessive.
Keep your Mac away from liquids and transport it in a case. A lot of damages occur to Macs when transporting the Mac from one location to another. We recommend transporting the Mac in a sleeve and not a hard plastic case you can find on Amazon. Cases such as these can actually damage the hinges on your Mac and make the screen flap open or closed. The Mac wasn't designed for any cases or weight on the display. Keep your Mac away from liquids or food.
Repair the logic board instead of replacing it. Repairing the logic board can save you hundreds of dollars versus purchasing a new logic board for the Mac. San Diego Mac Repair offers flat rate logic board repair costs for liquid damage Macs. We recommend this option because the average cost for a replacement logic board varies from $600-1200. Make sure to investigate this while looking at Mac repair options. Visit our logic board repair page for more details.
Visit San Diego Mac Repair for an honest repair. Think of San Diego Mac Repair as your local honest Mac mechanic. We are a family run business repairing iPhones iPads and Macs here in San Diego since 2009. You will find myself or wife at our La Jolla location or in our new Sprinter. We started this business with a passion for helping people. We hope you don't need our service but if you do we will be here for you. Keep visiting our blog for new posts about Apple devices and support.