Having the power of knowledge in your hands concerning your vehicle’s auto repairs is nothing to take lightly. Car issues can arise at any given time, and they can really irritate, sidetrack, and disrupt several events in your life. No one needs this kind of disruption. However, with the knowledge you’re about to read, we hope you will now be able to handle those sticky auto repair situations with no problem and with more ease than ever before.
So without further ado, here is what to look for when searching for an auto mechanic to take a look at your aging vehicle and its potentially aging parts that will most likely need repair to keep you safe while driving on the roads.
(PRO TIP: You never want to wait until it is too late to get any necessary repairs done on your vehicle, especially if it is an older one. If you start hearing unusual noises, certain parts stop working properly, or if your check engine light comes on, be sure to take your vehicle to a trustworthy auto mechanic as soon as you can. Waiting too long to get your vehicle fixed could end up making the problem(s) worse and/or cost you a lot more money! We don’t want you to have to deal with that, making the situation an even greater headache.)
Trustworthy in the auto industry & good reviews
When you begin your research for the best mechanic in your area, it is usually best to look for an auto repair shop that displays all of its certifications for everyone to see. This will not only ensure that you will be doing business with a certified and professional mechanic, but it will also provide you with a lot of peace of mind when you trust them with your vehicle’s repairs. Do your best to do your research beforehand and get a good look at their online presence to make sure that they are a current and relevant company, preferably with more positive than negative reviews. Even if they are certified, that does not guarantee the quality of their work, but there is a greater chance of the work getting done correctly and not being overcharged for the service if they are certified and have a good reputation. Don’t neglect your regular maintenance!
When taking a look at their customer reviews, some reviews can be highly emotional or dramatic skewed in the extreme positive or negative direction. This is important to know and to take into consideration when reading the company’s online reviews because it should impact how you read the reviews and take them with a grain of salt. If there’s a linked similar experience across several customer reviews, then it is likely that you can set an expectation for what your visit to that auto mechanic will really be like, whether it be a positive or negative experience. If it seems like the chances are that the mechanics at that company might not do a good job, they might scam you for your money, or if they just don’t seem to have a trustworthy online reputation, then go with your gut and skip over them. Keep researching until you find a company that makes you feel good about bringing your vehicle to and that will put your worries about your vehicle at ease instead of adding to your stress.
Also, consider the angle the review is from. If the review is posted from the account of a very obviously disgruntled customer over the price of a service, the quality of service they were provided with, or perhaps an issue with how they were able to finance their payment, remember how the interaction with that specific auto mechanic probably began. Nobody wants to deal with car issues. The disgruntled customer was probably just extremely frustrated and a lot of car issues are almost entirely out of the individual’s control, which can lead to emotions running high and payments feeling unfair… leading to ugly online reviews that may scare away potential customers in an unfair way for that one auto mechanic. Do your best to keep all of this in mind when you begin to do your auto mechanic research online.
Poor reviews, dishonest service
However, if there is a consistency with listings of poor customer service, quality of parts, pricing, or anything else related, then that’s something you really cannot control. Visiting a mechanic that doesn’t have good service reviews will obviously end up being a terrible choice because of the effect it will end up having on both you, your safety, your wallet, and your vehicle’s performance in the long term. You’ll be more hesitant to want to get your car fixed because you want to avoid the hassle. Dealing with a mechanic shouldn’t be a hassle. To ensure this, be sure to do your research due diligence beforehand and prepare as best you can for the conversation about what’s being fixed, what your budget is, and when you’ll need your car back so that expectations are set clearly between you and the mechanic you choose before anything starts to get worked on. Communication is key! We can guarantee that if you set these clear expectations with the auto mechanic that you end up choosing, granted they are a reputable company, the results of your fixed-up vehicle will meet your expectations and you’ll end up with a car that will once again be able to do its job properly and get you from point A to point B safely, which is what matters most.
Remember, these scheduled maintenance visits are not there just to get more money from you. Scheduled maintenance visits are designed to make sure regular maintenance is done regularly on specific components of your vehicle before it becomes too late and the problem becomes too severe that you end up stranded on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, or worse, you get hurt in some way as a result. While you might be able to skip one or two scheduled maintenance visits for your vehicle and be okay, the long-term damage of not bringing your vehicle to these visits will end up significantly shortening the life of your car and end up costing you even more money down the road if you decide to finally get your vehicle fixed or sell it to someone else (no pun intended).
If you’re still feeling unsure about which auto mechanic to choose, you can always ask your friends and/or family for recommendations on who they’ve had the best experience with. If you tell your mechanic who referred you, they’ll probably even take better care of you and the person who referred you in the future because they’ll appreciate the referral of business. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions during your visit to the auto mechanic you end up choosing, it is their job to inform you to the best of their ability so that you can come to an agreement on services and charges to be expected. If anything ever seems off to you, just trust your intuition! You can always switch to a different auto mechanic if you are not happy with your experience.
Ensuring the right job gets done
Make sure you get a signed copy of the estimate for the repairs you need. You also need to make sure that the contract contains a clause that the shop must contact you before exceeding the total on the estimate. This will protect you from getting a surprise bill once all of the work is completed.
Avoid costly car repairs by sticking to the maintenance schedule of your car’s manufacturer. By doing regular maintenance on your car when necessary, you will avoid having to fix things due to maintenance neglect. Not sticking to the maintenance schedule will result in unnecessary repairs which could have been avoided. Make sure you take this advice to heart as you continue driving and using your vehicle. You’ll be able to smile knowing you have what it takes next time your car decides to take a break.
You can confidently say “no more” and work towards the best solution. Always remember to keep learning more about vehicle repairs so that you stay current about what the best ways to care for your car are. When possible, it’s great to get to know this information because of how it’ll impact your comfortability with knowledge of the auto industry and necessary repairs and tune-ups that should be done on a regular basis. When you become confident in what you need, how your car will be fixed, and who’s doing it, you’ll definitely see and feel the difference.
Lastly, whether your experience with the auto mechanic you choose ends up being positive or negative, you should leave a review for them so that other people like you can use your experience as a reference as to whether they should try that auto mechanic as well… or if they should skip it.