Repair or Replace?
I have a 1 year old Honda HRR216VXA. Yesterday, I inadvertently ran over some steel edging. Now, the mower vibrates badly when the blade is not engaged, but seems to run like normal when the blade is engaged.
I took the mower today to the shop where I bought it (not a big box store), and they guessed that the crankshaft was bent and estimated around $300 to repair ($125 minimum for labor and the rest for parts).
I am not an experienced small engine repair person. In your experience, should I:
1. Try to find another shop to repair at a more reasonable price;
2. Repair it myself (is it something that a novice can do);
3. Write it off to bad luck and buy another mower; or
4. Something else entirely?
Thanks in advance for your help and sage advice.