Car repairs can be expensive especially when you know little to nothing about vehicular maintenance. To save money follow these three steps: read the manual, find a reputable shop, and ask questions.
- Read the Manual
That owners manual is honestly the best way to prevent most vehicular problems that arise in the first place. If you are somewhat aware of how your car works you can figure out what needs fixing and not be deceived by mechanics. You can also familiarize yourself with when the manufacturer suggests you schedule maintenance for your vehicle so that you can put aside some maintenance funds and be financially prepared.
- Find a Reputable Auto-Repair Shop
This is important because too many people will charge far too much for a poorly done repair job and force you to return earlier than is necessary. A good shop should have certified technicians on staff in one or more of the eight car repair classifications. The certificates will be given by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and they will usually be hanging up around where it is visible to customers. The equipment should also be up to date so do not believe a mechanic who says they can identify your problem just by listening to the car. Make sure they are using a good engine analyzer and scan tool, and are explaining what needs to be done while also offering other choices. Sometimes a mechanic wants to make a repair that could be done in the future to get the most of your time and money. If the shop itself appears messy with empty bottles and dirty rags flung half hazard around, it’s safe to assume the mechanics will do a sloppy repair job on your vehicle. Research your area to find a good repair shop that follows these guidelines.
- Ask Questions
Communication is key to ensuring you do not pay too much for an unnecessary job.
So, do not be afraid to just ask as many questions as possible, and then ask a few more. Ask to see your mechanic’s certifications and their areas of expertise. Ask you manufacturer and the mechanic bout what kinds of parts your car will need and when they should be replaced. Ask about how much these parts will cost, from where they are shipped and made, and the amount of time it will take to make the arrangements. It is important to ask all of these questions about the parts specifically because some mechanics will use cheap products that break down quickly forcing the customer to return at an earlier date. It is also important to know how long a repair takes not just so you know how much time to take out of your day, but also to make sure you are not paying double the labor costs. Staying informed of your mechanic’s plans step by step will help eliminate that extra labor cost and also let you know exactly what there were doing should there be any complications. This also gives the mechanics time to go over alternative options for car repairs.
Car maintenance is an essential part of owning a vehicle but it does not need to break the bank. If you follow these three steps you can get quality service for affordable prices from a repair shop.