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Before you visit your mechanic,
it’s a good idea to write down any
problems you’ve noticed so that you
don’t forget important details to leave
with the mechanic.
If your car has been serviced recently
in a different shop, bring along the
repair slips.

Try to be specific when talking about
your car’s problems.
Explain when the problem began.

For example: Did the problem happen
after hitting a pothole?
If there's a leak, try to explain what
the leak is and how much has leaked.
So you're not stuck paying for
additional repairs that you didn't
request but they may claim that
is necessary.

The best way to avoid car repair
rip-offs is to be prepared.

You might be charged for work
that hasn't been done.

For example: You drop your car
off at the shop to have a belt
replaced.
But they're busy, and a different
mechanic works on your car,
and they weren't left clear instructions.
As a result, the belts never got replaced,
but you drove away thinking you
have a new belt.

If you would like to write down any
problems you’ve noticed so that you
don’t forget important details to
leave with the mechanic, you may print
out our Vehicle Service Write-Up Sheet
to fill out and take with you when
yo
u take your car in to be serviced.

Click on the Link to print out your
Vehicle Service Write-Up Sheet.