Many people who go in for auto repairs end up getting scammed by the garage that they’ve visited. It’s all too easy to put your trust into a garage and end up paying far more than you needed because you agreed to a repair that wasn’t necessary. Not all garages are created equal, and they’re definitely not all transparent and honest.
One of the biggest questions that car owners have is ‘am I being charged more than is necessary?’ While there’s no way around having your car fixed, you can stay in control of the situation and avoid getting scammed. Here’s how.
Get To Know Your Mechanic
Building a relationship with a great mechanic can be a great way of knowing you can trust them and that you’re not spending more than you need to. Word of mouth recommendations are still the most effective way to decide on the garage that is best for you. Ask your friends and neighbors. Make sure you check out mechanics with an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and look for an AAA certified garage, too. Read up on reviews on social media.
When you go the first time, why not just take your car in for an oil change and an inspection? You can then get a good idea of whether they’re going to be honest and whether you’re going to want to stay with them in the long haul. If you have a Diesel, then you’re going to need to make sure the garage you choose can specialize in Diesel Truck Mechanics. Make sure they know what they’re doing to avoid even more trouble in the long run.
If you really want a trustworthy mechanic, then ask them to take cell phone pictures of anything they’re saying is worn out, and make sure they explain exactly what the issue is and what’s being replaced. If you’re still not sure that they are being honest with you, tell the mechanic that you’ll wait until your next paycheck. You can then go and get a second opinion and see if what they’re saying is true. You can also use a search engine to see if the issue the garage has brought to your attention is common with your type of car.
Not Paying More Than You Need To
So, you’ve figured out that this is really a repair you need. How do you avoid paying more than you need to? You can check out certain sites online that are designed to give you an average price idea of what repairs cost. Costs will vary depending on your region, so take that into account too. It’ll also depend on your car model and how expensive the parts are. Remember that the lowest price is not the best deal if you call around. Sometimes, they may use low quality car parts which won’t last very long at all. Get an idea of how much the repair costs when done with quality parts, and call around a few garages.