You should not wait for your car problems to disappear by themselves or hire an unqualified friend to fix them. It’s important to become educated about car repairs. How important your car is can be enough to make you nervous when you think about repairs. With these tips, you will be able to relax.
Ask the technician at the repair shop you are considering if they have done work on the same make and model of vehicle before. If the answer is yes, that’s a very good thing.
Be sure to keep your car’s records. Store them inside the glove compartment just in case you have to see a mechanic all of a sudden. Mechanics may want to see these records. This will help to diagnose any problems.
Before you pay the mechanic, test drive the car to be sure that it is actually fixed. Many people fail to do this and they end up having the same problem that they had before taking the car in to get it repaired.
It is important to be aware of mechanics who make repairs that are not necessary. A good mechanic will never perform work without getting your full approval. If an auto technician performs unnecessary repairs or repairs that were not agreed upon beforehand, don’t return to them for further services.
Buy OEM parts. These means they are parts that come directly from the manufacturer. Generic are cheaper, but also less reliable. You may save in the short term, but additional failures could end up costing you big time.
Check to see if the mechanic you are considering is familiar with your make and model of vehicle. Basic components are usually the same, but things like hood space vary by brand. If you’re not sure, go to the dealership for repair.
Always be prepared for a flat tire by having a spare tire, jack and tire iron in your vehicle at all times. Many newer cars already have them. Stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire is bad news. Stuck without a jack and spare tire is bad news and a big bill. Changing that tire yourself can save you the cost of towing.
Put together an auto repair kit and keep it in your car. You will want to have the tools necessary to change a tire, and they likely came with the vehicle. If the necessary lug wrench and jack are missing, replace them. A Philips head as well as flat head screwdriver should be helpful, plus socket and adjustable wrenches. Do not waste money by getting cheap tools. You want tools that are reliable and up to the task at hand.
Be sure to ask for detailed pricing estimates before leaving your car with a mechanic. Some repair shops have details about their rates posted on the walls, but you should not hesitate to ask about rates if you do not see any information. Know where the estimated prices come from. Some shops will give an estimate on the repair time based on manufacturers guidelines. Some minor repairs could even be an all day job.
Always be wary of sellers claiming they have auto parts that will last a lifetime. This is total spin – just a way to grab more of your cash. For example, you can find cars that come equipped with “lifetime” fluid in their transmission. It does not last a lifetime and has to be changed every 80k miles.
Often people will take a vehicle in for service, only to find out when they pick it up that there are more problems. They usually give you a quote higher than what the job is worth, then they will pretend to give you a lower price as a “deal.” Look other places to determine if you can save money on the repair.
After paying a mechanic to replace an old part on your vehicle with a new one, ask him to give you back the one that he removed. When the mechanic says no, it’s likely that he never actually replaced the part. You should be suspicious if this happens.
Keep a file with all your important repair receipts in your vehicle. You can divide them by type of repair and maintenance or use a simple reverse chronology system in which you place the most recent repair receipt on top. You just want to make sure you have a full maintenance record for the car so that you can ensure proper repairs and full satisfaction should a dispute arise. It only takes a few minutes to do, and the record can be a valuable tool.
Ask to get your old parts when they’re replaced. This will ensure that they did the work for you. Some repairs do not require this, like repairing the exhaust system. It will be obvious if a new system is put in your car.
Having read these tips now, aren’t you expecting a better outcome when your car needs some repairs down the road? You never want to hear the news that repairs are necessary, but you can handle the situation well by following the tips included in this article. Use what you have learned here and take command the next time your vehicle needs to be repaired.