No one looks forward to getting their car serviced; repairs can cost a lot of money and even possibly result in having to rent a loaner vehicle for a few days. Everyone had heard stories of people getting duped by car repair shops and being charged for unnecessary parts and repairs. The following tips should help you from getting ripped off.
One excellent way of finding a dependable and honest mechanic is by asking your friends and acquaintances to recommend you one that they have personally experienced. A second option is to surf review sites like Yelp online. Be careful of fake reviews posted by the business themselves. Tell-tale signs include a bunch of positive reviews all posted on the same day or in the same writing style. Be familiar with the guidelines suggested by your vehicle’s manufacturer and make sure that the repair shop follows them diligently. Beware of any mechanic who tells you to do any different. Find out if they will be using OEM or aftermarket parts since aftermarket parts are cheaper and that should be reflected in the total cost. Aftermarket parts may also not have the same level of safety and quality that OEM ones have. Look for repair shops that are approved by Triple A, as these businesses have passed strict inspections.
If you need a second opinion you can always utilize the internet in order to obtain one. If you have a Dodge join a Dodge forum and if you have a Toyota, you can find a Toyota car forum. A lot of the members on these boards are experts at cars. You can even post photos of the parts or problem areas that you are worried about and have other members comment. Use search engines in order to research any services that you are unfamiliar with.
Try to get the best deal possible and don’t settle for the first estimate you receive. Make sure that no work is performed unless you specifically give permission. If you feel that the cost for parts are too high, it’s possible for you to obtain those parts yourself if you would like, and then simply pay the mechanic for labor. You can even purchased used parts, either from eBay, an online retailer or a junkyard. It’s a good idea to take out for a short ride it’s been fixed to ensure that it’s running properly.
If you don’t feel comfortable with the estimate that you’re given, feel free to go home and perform additional research before you make a commitment. If you feel uncomfortable then it’s usually best to trust your guts. A business with solid ethics and morals will never pressure you or make you feel uncomfortable. Remember, you are the customer and it’s your money at stake. Getting your car maintained on a regular schedule is the first step in avoiding car troubles and it can be a good way for you to strike up a friendship with a garage that you can trust.