Maintaining your car is a tough job sometimes. Some light damages can be fixed with a bit of duct tape and perhaps even some WD40, but when the damages are a bit too heavy for you to get dirty, you have to take it to your mechanic.
However, there are tons of secrets that mechanics don’t share with their customers. Today is your lucky day, though, because Providr has compiled the list of the biggest ones. If your mechanic has done these things to you, it’s time for a change, I’m afraid…
1. Scare tactics
Some mechanics will say that for the low price of $4000, they’ll fix your car from exploding once winter tires have been put on. That’s an immediate red flag.
2. An oil change is required every 5,000 miles
In the worst cases, make it 3,000.
3. Check for certification (particularly ASE)
They won’t be embarrassed to display any achievements so if your mechanic can’t show you any, it’s a cause for concern.
4. Don’t leave the garage without understanding everything
They’ll use their terminology that you might not be familiar with, so make sure you familiarize yourself with your car’s issues properly before you leave the mechanic to do their thing.
5. Don’t be shy to get a second opinion from another mechanic
Just don’t spill the beans to your current one.
6. Mechanics will do anything to get a little bit of cash from you
This can extend to fluid flushing, so if they’re charging a bit too much, have a flip through your vehicle’s instruction manual and do it yourself!
7. How much they charge vs. how much they should
Compare and contrast and if the prices are a bit higher than what they should be, you might want to stay away.
8. Your mechanic’s garage needs to be 100% clean
If it looks like a chop shop, find a different place.
9. Mechanics that offer to do additional work
These can be a bit sneaky, so ask them how long it will take as they might charge extra the longer your car is there.
10. Always be sure to ask for brake job estimates
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11. Ask the mechanic to give the old parts back to you
This way, you know your payment was justified and you didn’t just spend your hard-earned cash on nothing.
12. Get to know your car
Sneakier mechanics can smell a rookie from a mile away and can easily fool them, so get familiar with your car so that they can’t pull a fast one on you.