Past experience have shown you the hazards you face when getting repairs done. Because so many repair shops are less than honest, it can be hard finding a good one. Thankfully, this piece will guide you in getting the service you deserve.
Keep an eye on your radiator levels. Start your car, wait a few minutes and shut it off so you can safely inspect the radiator. Do not lift the radiator lid when the engine is running or if it is too hot. Check the level of fluid in radiator and add any if necessary. Be mindful that some coolants are meant to be mixed with 50% water.
It is important that you fully understand what all the charges will be upfront, before handing the mechanic your car keys. Should you need clarification about the repairs, speak with the service manager or your mechanic before work begins. You don’t want to be shocked by a huge bill to pay.
Thoroughly review your car manual. This will help you when it comes time for you to visit your mechanic if a major problem occurs. You may even discover how to solve your car problems yourself.
Every time you have your car fixed, regardless of the reason, you should take note of it. If you have problems with your vehicle later on, you will find it helpful to have some records for the next technician to look at. You might end up paying more if you don’t have them, because it will be more difficult to diagnose the issue.
Keep a spare tire and jack handy at all times. Most vehicles come with them, but you want to check anyway. 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. You can save money and have an easier time doing it on your own.
A burned out headlight or taillight is a common repair. This can usually be done yourself. This process is easier in specific vehicles and harder in others; however, doing this yourself is much more affordable than visiting a mechanic. If you know anyone who is comfortable with cars, ask if they can show you how it’s done.
Pay attention to your wiper blades. You need new windshield wipers if they are making noises or leaving streaks. You should replace them yearly, but you may need to do it twice a year if you are located in a rainy area.
Prior to picking an auto repair shop, speak with people you know regarding their experiences with shops. You may get some great recommendations from friends and family. Don’t rely entirely on what your friends tell you, though; do your own research. Read online reviews, and check with the Better Business Bureau as well.
Do not let a mechanic work on your car before knowing about their prices and how much they charge for labor. 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. You must know what you’re being billed. Check to see the estimated times of the repair that you are having done. Some repairs that are deemed “minor” may be all day jobs according to the manufacturer.
Think about snapping some photos of your car prior to taking it to the auto body shop. While many shops won’t strip your car, some will in order to make more money. Be safe rather than sorry.
Check that your mechanic has all of the needed certifications. You should be sure they have been approved by the ASE. That shows the person has some credentials and has maintained certain standards, so you will likely receive better service.
Few people even open their car’s instruction manual. There is a lot of information in this book that can help you. The manual is full of key facts about your car and how to perform minor repair work.
It’s not uncommon to drop off you car for one repair and then be told that there are more repairs needed. They do this to make you think you are getting a great deal. Look other places to determine if you can save money on the repair.
You don’t need a mechanic’s help to add oil to the car, or to add windshield wiper fluid. You do not need to waste money on a professional for these jobs. Don’t be afraid to get dirty hands with your new found knowledge.
No one is a fan of getting their car repaired, but sometimes it’s just something that has to be done. The information that has been provided to you here will come in useful the next time vehicle repairs are required. Working with a respected company can ensure that you get good work done.