What To Know Before Visiting an Auto Mechanic
There always comes a time when our vehicles tend to make strange noises, overheats, or just stopsdead in it’s tracks. Unless you are really car savvy, like most of us your next thought is to take it to amechanic and get the problem solved. This brings up the concern of finding the right one at the rightprice. Nobody wants to get ripped off at the auto mechanic shop, especially if they don’t know all thatmuch about the workings of a car.
There are some simple steps you can take to try and prevent this. If you’re willing to spend a littlemoney to save you from getting ripped off in the future. For around $99 you can purchase a devicecalled the CarMD. For any car model made after 1996, you can plug this device into your car and itwill read the car’s computer codes to indicate what the problem is, how to fix it, and what labor andparts for the repair cost in your local area. You can also visit www.carcare.org to view their car-careguide to learn about typical repairs and questions you should ask your mechanic.
Another good idea is to familiarize yourself with the owner’s manual of your car. This way you canshow them you know what you’re talking about and you’ll avoid unnecessary maintenance done atevery service interval. One way to safeguard your car is to make sure that the technicians at the autoshop are ASE certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
If you are going to take you car to an independent repair shop, make sure you check with yourdealership after you get the diagnoses to see if it would be covered by warranty. This may save you alot of money. Also check that if you do get repairs done at an independent repair shop, that it won’tvoid your warranty. These kinds of shops can definitely save you a lot of money because many don’tcharge the high hourly labor rate that you would have to pay at your dealership. You can also find outwhether or not your mechanic is quoting you a fair price by going www.RepairPal.com where youcan input your zip code and brief details about what is wrong with you vehicle, and it will give you arange of what you should be paying.
It's always good to get a second opinion!
It’s always good to get a second opinion as well. Many times you’ll find a better deal after justchecking one other place. Before getting any parts replaced in your vehicle, ask to see the new part,where it goes, and why it needs to be replaced. Make sure you see the old part afterwards as well, asyou have every right to keep it if you so desire. If you ever feel pressured by the mechanic to getrepairs done to your car that you are unsure of, it’s just best to walk away and find someone else.