Not all of us are trained auto mechanics, but the chances are that at some stage we’re going to need to talk to one; do you know what to ask them so as to get your car repaired in the quickest and most affordable way?
In this article we’re going to look at three things you need to do to get your car repaired quickly and reliably. First, we’re going to look at the right questions to ask at the auto repair shop. Next, we’ll find out how to know if you’re getting the best advice. Then, we’ll look at how to choose the best auto repair shop. After that you’ll be able to go out and get your car repaired without worrying about whether you’re getting the right part repaired, by the right people for the job.
Do you know if you’re asking the right questions?
The first thing you should try to do is to narrow the fault down to a part or location. If you know what it is, or where it is, this will help the mechanic to find the problem straight away. This means they won’t be spending your precious money on labour just to find out what’s going on.
The other advantage for you in knowing where the problem is is that you can ask the right questions about parts and labor when you’re with the mechanic. A little bit of time spent online following up what you think could be the problem, could save you a lot of time and money later on when you find that several parts have been replaced, and you still have the same mechanical problem.
Are you getting the best advice?
It’s way too easy just to listen to what you’re being told, and then tell the auto repair shop just to get on with the job. If the problem isn’t urgent, and you’re able to go to one or two other auto repair shops, then do that. If they all agree that a certain part is causing all of your problems, then there’s less chance of paying for unnecessary repairs.
It’s also a good idea to make a note of what they think the problem is so that you can do a bit of research yourself. Make sure they tell you in plain English, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the jargon. Some people may feel embarrassed doing that, but you should know exactly what they plan to do, and how it’s going to solve the problem for you.
Are you choosing the right auto repair shops?
Now that you have a good idea of what the problem is, and how it can be fixed, you’re going to want to pick the best auto repair shop to have it done in. Price isn’t always the best guide. Start by checking that they have the proper certification for your country (or area) – a quick search online will usually help find out who they should be registered with.
Ask some of your friends for some recommendations. Knowing someone who has actually used the auto repair company is a big plus. Although the company may be qualified to carry out the repairs, they may not be the most reliable when it comes to time and price. If you know people who have used them before you can get a good indication of what they’ll be like if you use them yourself.
Try them out on something small. If you aren’t in a hurry to get any work done on your car, and don’t have any friends that have used the company before, then you should get them to do something relatively minor (like an oil change) so that you can see for yourself what they’re like as a company. If they can’t do the small things to your satisfaction, then you probably aren’t going to want to use them when you have a major problem with your car.
There you have it. If you can narrow down what’s wrong before going to the auto repair shop, you’ll be able to ask the right questions, and cut down the repair time. Don’t always go with the first company you talk to, get some advice from other companies, and see if they are telling you the same things. Choose the company you’re going to get your car repaired with based on their certificates, word of mouth from friends, and even try them out yourself.
Now you should be able to go out and get your car repaired with the confidence that it will be done quickly, professionally, and you will not be making a false economy by just going to the cheapest auto repair shop.