5 Questions to Ask Your Mechanic
Any car owner knows that you will inevitably need to see a mechanic at some point to get your car fixed. Whether there is an issue due to age or some other problem, mechanics can help get your car back in working order. But how can you get the best service for your money? It is important that you leave your car in good hands, which is why it is important to ask your mechanic questions before entrusting them with your car. These are the 5 most important questions that you need to ask your mechanic.
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Can the Mechanic Show Me What the Problem Is?
The good news is that most mechanics are honest and competent. However, you can easily catch the ones that are not by asking them this simple question. It might not always work, depending on where the problem is located, but it’s always a good idea to have some visual aid that will help you better understand the problem.
If I Don’t Deal with This Problem, What Could Happen?
It’s helpful to know exactly what will happen if you opt not to fix the problem. Sometimes you may be able to hold off until you can better afford it. There are some issues that may not need to be fixed right away. But, you should know that there are also problems that really should be taken care of right away, such as problems with your brakes.
Which Repairs are Absolutely Necessary?
Do you need multiple repairs done? If so, this is an important question to ask. You should always be sure that you get the urgent repairs taken care of as soon as possible, but you may find that other repairs can wait a little longer so that you can save up for those repairs later on. Have the mechanic prioritize based on urgency.
Can I Look at Any Defective Parts?
This will also help prevent the mechanic from taking advantage of you. By asking this question, you can make sure that you see the work that needs to be done and see that it was actually taken care of as discussed with your mechanic.
Can the Mechanic Explain Exactly How They Fixed the Problem?
By doing this, you can actually start getting to know your mechanic and not just the service clerk. Ask them to walk you through the process, using technical terms, to see how they diagnosed the problem, what the problem was, and how they managed to fix the issue. You can learn some valuable information from them that you can use in the future as well as helping you build a trusting relationship with your mechanic, so that you can feel more comfortable about visiting them in the future.
For the most part, mechanics aren’t trying to scam you out of your money. They have online reputations to think about and repeat business is their bread and butter. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some who want to try. Your car is essential to you because it’s how you get around. That’s why you want to make sure that your car is in the right hands.
Quality Assured Collision Center has been serving the Long Beach, CA community since 2004. We specialize in collision repair, body work, dent repair, car restoration, and mechanical work. We can offer towing, drop-off and pick-up and even perform a free 15-point inspection on your vehicle. As experts on all insurance situations, we will help guide you through the process and we work with all types of financing situations for those paying out of pocket. Check out our awesome reviews on Yelp and Google!
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