Car trouble is the worst. We do everything in our power to avoid it; we want to get all the life we can get out of our vehicles. Yet, we all have those dreaded moments, the car starts shaking or won’t start. Maybe the check engine light comes on seemingly out of nowhere, or our brakes begin to go out.
Whether your car is in need of a quick tune-up or a major repair, you’ll have times where you need to call an auto mechanic you trust to take a look at the issue. The conversation you have with the mechanic often determines the success of the rest of your experience. To ensure success, we’ve compiled a list of four questions you should ask your mechanic:
1. Have you done work on my make and model of car before?
Some mechanics specialize in specific make & model vehicles, and while some issues have a universal fix, other problems can be very specific. Taking your car to a shop with technicians certified to work on a vehicle of your make and model ensures that your car is in an expert’s hands.
2. What Types of Warranties Do You Offer?
Warranties can vary wildly shop to shop. Before work is started on your car, ask about all potential warranty options. This is a great way to save yourself a potential headache down the road. Quality shops with expert mechanics will provide warranties and guarantees.
3. Can You Provide a Maintenance Plan?
Quality mechanics will do everything in their power not only to fix problems but to keep your car in fantastic condition. Taking time to compare a manufacturer’s recommendations to mechanics suggestions can be a quick way to find the best and say goodbye to the rest. Don’t fall for mechanics looking to add on services unnecessarily, and always be willing to ask about discrepancies you may see in services offered or suggested. Consider a maintenance plan, a road map for your cars long term health. With a plan, the longevity of your vehicle running in excellent condition is far more likely.
4. Which Repairs Need Immediate Attention?
The mechanic you want is one who sees problems that need immediate fixing while also preparing you for potential issues down the road. Ask for both, and ask for both written down. Pay attention to the repairs that need to be done today, and ask about possible repairs that will need to be addressed down the line.
With these four questions in your back pocket, you can breathe a little easier. There is no need to sweat the next time your car is in the shop! A mechanic at Reliable Automotive who can answer these questions to your liking is someone you can trust with your vehicle.