Most of us only know the basics when it comes to car maintenance and repair. There comes a time when we need a knowledgeable and trustworthy professional to take care of our care. Below are some tips on how to find a good mechanic.
Ask Friends and Family
The best way to find anything is to ask others for their experiences and referrals. Ask them how long they have been using the same person, what kinds of issues have they had with their cars, etc.
Granted, not all online reviews may be reliable, but this is a good way to get a decent idea of what the mechanic is like. You can check online car forums, car clubs, the better business bureau, and AAA’s Approved Auto Repair Network.
Start with Small Repairs
Don’t wait until something huge happens to take your car in to someone new. Instead, start testing out the person or the shop with basic things like oil changes, tire rotations, etc. This way you will get a good idea of what their customer service is like, their turn around time, and how comfortable you feel trusting your car to them.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions
No one likes to be interrogated but asking a few common, important questions is a great idea. Are they familiar with your specific make of car? Do they use the latest equipment and technology? Where do they buy parts? Do they hold any certifications? Even when you’re having your car worked on it is perfectly fine to ask questions about what is being done. If a mechanic ever refuses to answer your questions, it’s pretty clear you should probably find someone else.
Whatever you do, when trying to find a good mechanic, don’t ever go based on price alone. Expensive isn’t always better and we all know low cost can mean low quality. Take your time to do your research before you have any issues with your car and this way you’ll have someone trustworthy lined up if the need arises.
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