One of the more stressful
people face is that of finding a trustworthy mechanic.
Unfortunately, there are
mechanics that take advantage of some
customers, often preying on women and seniors.
Again, if you're unsure, get another opinion, or, better yet, take
someone you trust who is knowledgeable with you to the shop.
Ask for recommendations from
friends, family, and other people
Look for a repair shop before you need one to avoid being rushed
into a last-minute decision.
Quality vs Cheap:
When selecting a car
repair shop, choosing quality over cheap is of
A cheaper shop may charge less for parts and labor, but you may
ultimately have to return your vehicle several times before the job
is done right.
Or you may have to pay another shop to redo the service you just
paid someone else to do.
Don't be intimidated by a mechanic.
If your gut or intuition tells you that you're getting screwed,
get another opinion.
Look for a Qualified Mechanic:
Be sure the repair shop you
choose offers quality technicians,
quality diagnostics and service equipment, quality parts in
addition to quality warranties.
Failing to take the time to determine if a shop meets these standards
can make car repairs far more expensive than you bargained for.
Choose a repair shop that is
clean and professional.
Ask all the questions you want. If the repair shop is not willing to
answer your questions completely or gives you vague and confusing
answers, do not leave your car for repair.
Just because a mechanic has a
big name corporation under the
name-tag on his coveralls, does not guarantee that he is a competent
Some of the best mechanics run their own, independent shops.
Once you find a mechanic that
does good work, stands behind his/her
work, works at a reasonable rate and believes in proper customer
Tell your family, friends and
Word of mouth advertising is the best way to make sure that quality
wins out over mediocrity, incompetence and apathy.
A good repair shop
reinvests in educating and training its technicians
on a constant basis.
Be sure to ask if the repair shop employees ASE Certified technicians.
A superior repair shop will assure you that all their technicians are
properly trained and have received ASE Certification.
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