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Finding the Right Mechanic

Finding an honest and reliable mechanic who can do scheduled services and repair breakdowns is a top priority for any car owner. Drivers rely on their vehicles to get them to and from work and school. When they are broken down, the stress of choosing the right mechanic for the job can be overwhelming.

Build a professional relationship with a good mechanic and you’ll have the peace of mind that your vehicle will be treated carefully and quickly if something ever goes wrong. Once you establish a history with a trusted mechanic, he or she will know the ins and outs your vehicle and be better equipped to help you maintain it.

These tips will help you know what to expect from a trustworthy, professional mechanic as well as what type of mechanic to stay away from. A vehicle is one of the biggest investments we make. Ensure that it is being cared for by a knowledgeable mechanic who will get you back on the road quickly and for a fair price.

  • Are they a Licensed Mechanic?
  • Will they give a fixed price quote?
  • Do they offer warranty on their work?
  • Ensure they contact you before fixing issues not quoted
  • Agree to a pickup date and time before engaging them
  • How many years have they been in business?
  • How many years of experience do they have?
  • Clarify type of parts will they use; new, used, OEM, after-market?
  • Can you provide your own parts?
  • Does the mechanic specialise in your type of vehicle?
  • Do they offer loan cars or a free shuttle while your car is in the shop?
  • What are their payment policies?

Developing a good relationship with your auto mechanic can put your mind at ease. When your car starts making an unusual noise, or refuses to start, you’ll have somewhere you can turn for answers.

In addition, bringing your car to your garage for routine auto maintenance will keep it healthy and running longer. It should also help keep your total car ownership costs down since you may avoid costly repairs in the future.

So how do you find a good, trustworthy mechanic?
We asked several automotive experts for their best advice.

  • You should consider a mechanic’s experience with your specific make and model, in addition to his or her overall training and experience. This is especially important if you drive a high-end or imported vehicle. Dealership service departments will have specialized mechanics, but you’ll likely pay more than you would at a local garage.
  • You may not be an expert in auto repair, but you can still bring knowledge to the shop when you drop off your car. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual includes a maintenance service schedule with the work your car needs done at various odometer intervals. If your mechanic suggests you pay for extra services outside of these, that may be a cause for concern.
  • Repairs outside of scheduled maintenance come up occasionally, look online for estimate prices on specific repairs, keep a detailed record of past services and repairs.
  • Drivers should request a quote before allowing any work to be done, ideally broken down into parts and labour.

In Summary

Engaging a mechanic doesn’t need to be daunting, and it shouldn’t make you feel incompetent.

For the most part, mechanics are friendly courteous businesspeople that are keen to make you a lifetime customer, it’s good business for them to do the right thing by you and have you come back to them.

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