automotive technicianThe reliable car, ah yes…
That rolling box with wheels that takes you from point A and B. Yet, we know that vehicles are not bulletproof. Like any other mechanical manufactured device, they will eventually need tender loving care or shall we say servicing and repairs. We also understand that when the time comes, you’ll want to take your vehicle to a reputable repair shop. Similar in nature to your own personal Auto Doctor.

Well, that’s easier said than done. Not all mechanics have your best interests in mind, so how do you go about finding one? Let’s take a deep breath and dive into the world of auto maintenance and see what we can conjure up.

To begin

Let’s address the most pressing issue at hand: financial cost. It’s not always simple to tell if you’re getting a good bargain when you need auto repair done. Friends, have no worry. If you want to choose a reliable repair service, there are some things to keep an eye out for.

The term and level of experience of the staff should be at the top of your list. Mechanics who have worked at the same business for many years likely have extensive experience and have earned the owner’s trust. A well-kept repair facility is reassuring to clients. It suggests the staff takes pleasure in their work and loves their time there.

Look for a company that places focus on open and honest dialogue. They should have a passion for teamwork that essentially would be considered family. A skilled and caring repair shop will pay attention to your concerns, inquire further to better understand them, and work with you to choose the best course of action. Clearly and honestly laying out the required work and the costs connected with it should be their top priority. If there are several potential solutions, a competent shop will help you evaluate each one and make a well-informed choice, period!

On the flip side

There are red flags to look out for when dealing with dishonest mechanics and there are plenty of them. A huge red flag is a shop that tries to pressure you into buying something you don’t need. And if they try to scare you into spending more money by saying your car is dangerous to drive or on the verge of breaking down, you should drive on and find a new repair shop. By the way, ladies…You are target Numero uno!

The unfortunate reality is that certain mechanics will try to overcharge you for unnecessary upgrades. Because of this, it’s crucial to locate a repair shop that understands the need of open lines of communication and teamwork. A trustworthy service advisor will advise you on how to strike a balance between price and quality and will never put your safety at risk or make offers like, we have a better part or the best part available for more money!

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of how you might go about locating a reliable mechanic. If you don’t know where to begin, asking for recommendations from loved ones is a great place to start. The recommendation of a friend or family member who has already been doing business with that repair facility can be a strong indicator that it is indeed worth your time.

Do some research

You may also find out what other people think of the store by reading reviews online. It’s important to remember that not all reviews are made equal, so it’s worth your time to seek for those that provide useful information. Read all the good reviews and then weigh in the bad to get a better idea of what is real and what isn’t. If you take your time reading the reviews, you’ll be able to catch the fake ones fairly quick. Oh…don’t forget to inquire if the business specializes in the type of repair or service you need for your specific vehicle. You certainly don’t want to find out after they attempt the repair that they are not experienced with that particular make and model.

The length of the warranty is also a critical to know. Its easy to throw out cheap numbers that will entice you but what if you don’t have a warranty on that repair? What is the value you are about to pay for? Make sure you know what your repair shop’s guarantee entails and whether or not it’s worth it to you. If something unexpected happens after the repairs are finished, you won’t be caught off guard.

And finally

Do not be timid about asking for clarification. If you have any questions or concerns about the work that needs to be done, a trustworthy repair facility should be more than ready to answer them and take the time to ensure you fully grasp the situation. It’s time to look for a new repair shop if the repair advisor you’ve been working with has been rude or unhelpful. It may be a little time consuming but you will be better off in the end knowing your in control of your finances.

Sure, finding a reliable mechanic requires research, questioning, and, on occasion, telling in addition to asking, but who better to be your own first line of defense than you?

Learn to be a practitioner of accountability. You own the car, your responsible for it, you’re not allowed to blame the car when something goes wrong with it. Accept the fact that it will eventually breakdown and cost you money. All of this was part of the price tag from the very moment you bought it.