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Monkey Business Allowed Here!- Steps for Choosing a Mechanic
know there is a strange noise coming from under the hood of your
car. You don’t know what it is or how to fix it.
You rarely have car problems, so where will you take your
vehicle to be fixed? How
do you know who to trust with your car?
is a quick list of questions you may want to remember to ask your
mechanics before you choose: How much is your hourly rate? When
could you fit me in? What do you think is wrong? How long would this
take? Do I have a
warranty on the work that you complete? Do you give me the parts
back that you replace?
comparing the hourly wages, this is good to know if your repair is a
large one. There are
repair shops that charge from $30 to $60 per hour. If
you have a major repair that will take two days, you need to know
how much you will need to pay just in labor, and how much you can
save in labor, when you are choosing a garage to fix your vehicle.
‘When can you fit me in?’ – depending on how far you are from
the garage, when you can drop off the car, when you are available to
pick up the car, and how long you are going to be with out a vehicle
– knowing when the vehicle can be fixed will play a major role in
how you are going to get to work, get to the store, and how long you
have to wait and drive the car this while it is not working
properly. Sometimes the
longer you drive the car, the worse the problem can get if you are
not careful in determining what is actually wrong with the vehicle.
dreaded question: What do you think is wrong? The mechanic or the
person on the other end of the phone line can guess, but there are
times when they are wrong. Giving
your best description of the noise, what is happening in your
vehicle, then the mechanic is able to give you a best ‘guess’.
It is difficult to explain what is wrong with the car, and sometimes
it can be even more difficult in guessing what is wrong with the
car. If you have the
chance for a free inspection to determine what is wrong with the car
that would be your best bet before committing to one repair garage.
how long the repairs will take, usually are determined after the
mechanic actually figures out what is wrong with your vehicle.
When you do ask, how long will it take, you may get an
estimate but that will be based on it is that ‘guess’ of what is
wrong with your car until they actual get to see it.
Although there is often times when you are talking to the
garage and they can tell you exactly what is wrong on the phone, be
prepared that sometimes they cannot.
mechanic will most often offer you the warranty that is offered on
the part but not often will you get more unless you are having a
major over haul completed on your car.
When a major repair has been completed on your car there are
most often a warranty, which the mechanic will tell you more in
detail about. Always remember to ask for the part that was taken out
of your car if you want to inspect what was wrong with the car, and
to be sure that the actual parts were replaced.
In some states it is a law that the replaced parts be made
available for your inspection.
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Change Every 3000 Miles - Good Advice or Just a Sales Pitch?
-do you really need to change your oil every 3000
miles? The answer may surprise you.
Auto Repair Manuals for the Do-It-Yourselfer
-are you the fix-it-yourself type? Find great
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Let your Mechanic Take you to the Cleaners
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a trustworthy mechanic.
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