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Let Your Mechanic Take You to the Cleaners
you need to use your car on a daily basis, or you need your car to
buy your basic food supplies, then finding a good mechanic is as
important as finding a good surgeon. And just like finding a good
surgeon is a difficult task, finding a good mechanic is not all that
easy to do either. It requires research, word-of-mouth, and luck.
the same vein, when youíre sick, you are desperate to find the one
right doctor who can cure you. When your car is out of service, you
may feel youíre at the mercy of your mechanic. You bite your
fingernails to shreds as you wonder how experienced he or she may
be. And how do you know that every repair is necessary, or being
carried out honestly?
starters, ask for recommendations from friends and family. Compare
the warranty policy each mechanic offers. Check out the kind of
certification each mechanic has. When you are in the shop, notice
how are other customers are being treated. You are looking for a
mechanic who will listen to you, who will consider the symptoms you
are concerned about, and who will then explain what he plans to do
in clear and understandable language.
You must get
everything in writing. This includes estimates, work orders and the
warranty policy. If a mechanic tells you he canít provide a
written estimate, heís a charlatan and you should immediately take
your car elsewhere. For major work, be sure to be quoted a maximum
possible charge. Estimates should identify the condition to be
repaired, the parts needed, and the anticipated labor charge. It is
especially important that your estimate states that the shop will
notify you if the work exceeds their quote, and will not commence
that work until you give your approval. NEVER sign a blank work
order ó itís the equivalent of handing over a signed blank
Request that old
parts from the car be returned to you. If there is any question that
the alternator was indeed broken or that a frayed belt has actually
been replaced, you will have the part to verify this. This makes it
more difficult, if not impossible, for a dishonest mechanic to rip
When the work is
completed, take the car for a test drive to verify the problem has
been solved. Get a completed repair order describing the work done,
listing each repair, parts supplied, the cost of each part, labor
charges, and the vehicle's odometer reading when you brought the
vehicle in as well as when the repair order was completed.
Keep all paperwork.
Not only will you need it if the car is returned to the shop under
warranty, but service records will help if you eventually re-sell
your car, as many used car buyers request them.
majority of auto mechanics are honest and competent businessmen and
women. When you find a good mechanic that you ďclickĒ with, hang
on to him. Express your satisfaction, and promise to recommend him
to your friends and family. Treat your mechanic well, and your
mechanic will treat your car well.
if you feel you are dealing with a dishonest shop or mechanic, trust
your instincts and find another one. Even if you have to pay to have
your car towed elsewhere, itís a small price to pay to keep from
being taken for a ride.
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