Owning a car is a huge responsibility and investment, so when repairs are in need, you want to be sure that whomever fixes your car will do an excellent job and not rip you off. Leaving your car in the hands of a mechanic takes a lot of trust, and unfortunately, not all mechanics are as honest or reliable as they should be. This can make finding a trustable mechanic quite a struggle. To help you weed out the good mechanics from the bad, here are some red flags to watch out for.
Ask Question. A trustworthy mechanic will gladly answer any questions you may have, so be sure to ask plenty. Important questions, include:
What kind of equipment is needed for my repair?
Do you have any alternate recommendations?
How long have you been in business?
Look for Certifications. When at the mechanic, look around for any certifications on display. Reputable shops will typically have an ASE certification or seals of certification from ASA and AAA. Seeing certifications on display is the best way to know that the mechanic takes his education and reputation seriously.
The Scare Factor. Have you ever heard a mechanic say things like “I wouldn't drive this car another mile” or heard them use other scare tactics to discourage you from leaving their shop? What did you do? Did you listen to them? If you did, it's okay. But, if you ever experience a mechanic who tires to scare you into using their services again, leave immediately. These types of mechanics just want your money and won't respect you or your car. If your car drove you to the shop on its own four wheels, it more than likely will make it to another mechanic that won't try to scare or intimidate you.
Check Your Owner's Manual First. Quick lube shops and mechanics that are just out for cash commonly claim that coolant flushes and power steering flushes are necessary repairs. However, this is not always the case. Fluid is typically designed to go 100,000+ miles without needing a flush. Before you fork over extra money, the best thing to do is check your owner's manual to see when certain repairs are required.
Consult Your Dealer. If you purchased your car from a dealership, be sure to check with them about any standing warranties you may have with them. Sometimes, a faulty part or service will be covered by a warranty or recall and can be repaired by the dealership – for free! So before you leave your car in the hands of a mechanic, be sure to check with your dealer first.
Do Your Homework. Unfortunately, homework isn't just for students. It also pops up in every day life situations – like when your car is in need of repairs. Don't just settle on the word of one mechanic. Instead, do your homework. Shop around. Get a second opinion. Google it. Do whatever it takes to ensure you are doing what's best for you and your car.
Don't Pay For Double Labor. When you get an estimate on a car repair, be sure to find out how long the total job will take, as well as the cost of labor. If you don't pay attention, you could wind up paying two labors costs. This means you will be charged double labor even though the mechanic can perform more than one task, or repair, at one time. To avoid paying double labor, be sure to find out the breakdown of all repairs before agreeing to them.
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