Most members of the adult population in the U.S hold driving licenses and regularly use some kind of motor vehicle. No matter if you own and drive a car, truck, van, motorcycle, mobile home or any other type of vehicle, you need an auto mechanic you can turn to for regular tune ups and oil changes as well as when there’s some type of malfunction.
There are many highly qualified, straight as an arrow, auto mechanics but there are also some who may take advantage of the fact that most of their clients don’t know a lot about servicing motor vehicles. Such mechanics may overcharge, perform the job at hand hastily and poorly, use low quality, cheap parts etc.
In this blog post we bring you tips on how to ensure that your mechanic is 100% on the level, you’ll find a list of inquiries you can make which will make any dishonest mechanic squirm.
Certification and Specialty
It is important to use the services of only fully certified professional mechanics. Licensed auto shops abide by rules and regulations which make it hard for them to engage in any “monkey business”. There are certificates which are good indicators of quality, such as an ASE certificate (Automotive Service Excellence).
It is also important to make sure that the mechanic you turn to specializes in servicing vehicles such as yours. There are auto shops which work only on certain models, there are mechanics who work solely on heavy duty vehicles, other mechanics know everything there is to know about motorcycles etc.
Quality of Parts
So far as auto mechanics go, two things determine how well the job at hand is performed. One is how good the mechanic performing the work is and the other is the quality of parts they use. Generally speaking, you should insist that your mechanic use only brand new, genuine parts, manufactured (or approved for use) by your vehicle’s manufacturer. You may decide to opt for replacement parts or refurbished ones in order to cut costs, but it’s essential that you make an informed decision once your mechanic told you all the pros and cons.
Charges and Guarantee
Auto mechanics calculate how much to charge by adding the cost of parts to that of labor. Labor cost is calculated by multiplying a certain hourly rate by the time it takes to get the job done. Before they can give you a quote your mechanic will need to figure out what needs to be done, what parts they’ll need and approximately how long it will take them to complete the work. Ask your mechanic to let you know in advance what they plan to do, how much they’re going to charge and why (how much the parts cost and what they’re planning to charge for labor).
It’s important to make sure that your mechanic’s high quality work is guaranteed, for instance, if the problem you turned to them with returns shortly after they’d fixed it you can count on them doing the work over with no charge.
It is highly recommended to choose a local auto repair shop,which delivers 24/7 roadside assistance services, includingin-house auto mechanic services. That, will keep you covered in all auto emergency situations that may occur, across town.