Surely you have had nasty car repair experiences in the past. You may have had good ones at well, but no one likes shelling out tons of money and wondering what is really going on. Instead, you want the knowledge necessary to make well-informed decisions next time you are dealing with car repairs.
If you hear a squealing sound when you step on your brakes, it is likely that you need new brake pads or rotors. Do not wait to have a mechanic check your brakes. There will be more damage to pay for and it is also dangerous to drive your car if your brakes are not functioning properly.
Pay attention to the gauges and trouble lights on your cars dash. Learn to recognize the warning signs of a car that is overheating, low on oil or not charging the battery. Knowing which of these indicators need immediate attention can prevent damage to your car and save you cash in the long run.
Be sure to read your owner’s manual to find out what kinds of fluids (oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, steering fluid) your car needs and to learn how to check and top these off yourself. Keep a few bottles of each fluid in the trunk of your car in case of emergencies.
Thoroughly review your car manual. Your mechanic will need the manual for certain information. You can find the information you need to know in your owner’s manual.
When you are in need of an auto repair, shop around to make sure that you get the best deal. Go to at least three different repair shops to get a quote. If anyone charges something that is unrealistically low or high, you should seek someone else to do the job.
Friends and family are a good source when you are looking to get some work done on your car. Ask around to see if anyone can suggest someone to you before you go on your search. Never go with the opinion of one person. Ask a few and see what other answers you get.
The Automotive Service Excellence logo is a sign that you have found a good mechanic. Mechanics have to successfully pass an exam and maintain an excellent record to receive this logo. Not all good mechanics get this certification but you should still try finding a mechanic who is ASE certified.
A burned out headlight or taillight is a common repair. This can usually be done yourself. It’s easy in some vehicles, and it’s a lot cheaper than having someone else do it. If you are not confident, ask a friend or family member if they can help you.
Inquire about labor rates and overall cost before handing your keys to the mechanic. Some fees may not be readily apparent, so make sure you know exactly what they are. Also find out how you are to be billed. Some shops have the repair times established by certain manufacturers. Some repairs that are deemed “minor” may be all day jobs according to the manufacturer.
Feel more confident now that you have the proper information to help guide you through your next car repair. You don’t want to get in a web of destruction which comes from making the wrong decisions. Instead, you want to be on top of your game with the information that you’ve been given.