Auto repair can be a tough topic to get to grips with, especially if you don’t have much experience of dealing with auto problems yourself. That’s why I’ve put together this post, containing a few choice tips to help you get to grips with auto repair, save you some time and hopefully save you a little cash too.
Get a Referral
Whether you’re looking for a Toyota auto repair shop, a Ford service center or a local mechanic who can help you with your problem, it is always a really good idea to get a referral from a friend where possible. This is the best way to ensure that the mechanic you choose is trustworthy, but if it just isn’t possible, try checking for online reviews before you go ahead and leave your car someplace.
Use an ASE Certified Mechanic
Mechanics who are ASE certified have shown their competence by working in the auto repair field for at least two years and by completing a written test. By using one such mechanic, you can increase your chances of a problem-free repair by many times, especially when you also have a referral for them.
Ask If the Mechanic Has Dealt with Your Issue Before
It’s always good, as far as it is possible, to hire a mechanic who has dealt with the same issue you are having right now on the same type of vehicle. Obviously, this is often easier said than done, but it does mean that you can be confident in your guy’s abilities to get the job done quickly, effectively, and most important of all, safely.
Take Your Vehicle Manual Along
It never hurts to take your vehicle manual along to the auto repair place with you. It’ll make it a lot easier for your mechanic to pinpoint and rectify the problem if they have a good frame of reference from which to work, especially if you aren’t taking your car to a manufacturer specific garage.
OEM Parts are Worth It
I know a lot of drivers question whether using OEM parts, which come directly from the vehicle’s manufacturer is worthwhile, especially when you can get generic parts cheaper, but if you can afford to, I would say that it is definitely worthwhile. OEM parts tend to be of a higher-quality than generics, which means they will typically last longer and because they’re made specifically for your car, they’re less likely to cause any other problems, which could be expensive for you.
Do Your Homework and Be Prepared
Of course, if you want to avoid the hassle of having your car in the shop, and having to pay a great deal of money to have problems fixed, the best thing you can do is to learn as much as possible about your car and how to take care of it. Learn about optimum tyre pressure and tell-tale signs of engine problems, and you’ll be able to prevent or catch small problems before they become major headaches.