Finding an Honest Mechanic
It’s important to check your car engine regularly to keep things running smoothly. It’s essential to stay on top of repairs to maintain peak operating condition and protect you and your loved ones on the road. Some car maintenance can be expensive regardless of make, or model of the car. But there is a few ways to ensure that you are getting an honest repair. Once you find a potential issue; it is always important to find an honest mechanic. We have provided the top six things to do for when you are in need for a mechanic.
Don’t Wait for a Breakdown
Nothing is more stressful than when you breakdown. But then you add trying to figure out an honest repair shop. If you haven’t already chosen someone to repair your car, you are at the mercy of trying to find someone close to you on short notice. It is always important to regularly check your engine, brakes, and fluid. Car problems are a headache and you don’t want to add looking for an honest technician to your problem.
Ask friends and family for suggestions of an honest auto-repair shop and technician. It is safe to say that your family and friends will refer you to someone they trust. We also recommend looking at Google reviews or social media to receive an overall opinion. Nothing speaks louder than previous customer experiences. There is also resources like NAPA Auto Center and the Better Business Bureau can help you find a reliable repair shop.
Check Out the Shop
Look for the following things when you check out an auto-repair shop:
- Cleanliness: Note the appearance of the shop. Is it clean and organized?
- Timely repairs and happy customers: Are repairs handled in a timely manner?
- Talk to the Mechanics: Ask questions to get a feel for the mechanic’s expertise and skill.
Review Their Work
Easiest service to double check is an oil change. Before going to an auto-shop, check your oil by pulling out the dipstick. Check the oil levels and use a paper towel to wipe the stick off. The oil should look “dirty” or have a gray-brown color. After your oil is changed by a technician, pull the dipstick out again. Where is the oil levels at now? Is the oil a clear color, with no gray or brown color? Is there a difference? This method can tell you a lot whether or not a mechanic properly changed your oil by removing the old oil and replacing the filter. Keep your mechanic honest!
Keep Receipts and Know Your Warranty
Save your receipts, it always good to have a record of the services and repairs you’ve had during the years. It is also useful to save your receipts if things break or need to be repaired again. Usually, there is a warranty on parts that can be more than a year or up to 10,000 miles. Additionally, know your warranty’s limitations, time, mileage, deductibles. You may qualify for a reimbursement. Look for a shop that may have a national warranty program.
Get a Second Opinion
It never hurts to get a second opinion. Whether it’s a $50 yearly maintenance or a $1,000 replacement you can never go wrong having a second person take a look. If something doesn’t feel right, listen to your gut and don’t be pressured. It’s easier to say no than it is to get your money back once work has been completed.