If you’re lucky enough to have a trusted mechanic with whom you’ve done business for years, you know he’s worth his weight in gold. Unfortunately, most of us don’t know an “Honest Abe” we can turn to every time we have car trouble. Consequently, that often puts us at the mercy of a stranger who pops open our hood – only to give us instant bad news – true or not.
Dealerships can be expensive
Anyone who’s ever taken their car into the local dealership for major repairs that weren’t covered by the manufacturer’s warranty may have been brought to tears when the service writer announced what the parts and labor would cost. That’s why so many people seek out an independent mechanic to do the work in hopes of getting a better shake when it’s time to pay up.
However, you should be cautious when shopping for a new mechanic to take care of your four-wheeled pride and joy. While there are plenty of professional, trustworthy mechanics in your area who will treat you and your car right, the trick is finding one who won’t gouge you with a smile after creating more problems than you started out with because the repairs were above his pay grade.
Because today’s cars have become highly-complicated machines that require specialized equipment to complete necessary repairs – and most of us have no clue whether we need this or that fixed – we’re forced to take the word of a so-called expert with grease on his elbows.
Below are just a few of the ways to make sure you’re not taken for a financial ride or risk having your vehicle ruined: