Are you a car owner? You have more than likely needed repairs in the past. Locating a reputable auto shop is incredibly stressful. This article is filled with tips you can use to keep your vehicle in good shape and find a reliable mechanic.
One of the most important qualifications to look for in a mechanic is the ASE certification. That means the technician has more than two years of experience and passed a test. You will then know that you are dealing with a trained professional.
If any parts of your car need to be replaced, make sure you ask for the (OEM) Original Equipment Manufacturer parts instead of generic parts. Keeping the exact specifications required by the manufacturer is essential in having optimum performance. Although generic parts are cheaper, spending a little more on OEM parts will make a big impact on your car’s longevity.
If your car door and hatch locks tend to become stiff, avoid breaking your key off in the lock by lubricating them periodically with a penetrating oil spray. You can use the plastic extender that comes with the spray can to deliver oil to the interior of the locking mechanism. If you have misplaced this extender, just spray your key liberally and turn it in the stiff lock several times.
In addition to basic tire changing equipment, keep a plastic tote filled with DIY auto repair supplies in the trunk of your car in case of emergencies. Fill it with at least a quart each of motor oil, transmission fluid, steering fluid, and brake fluid and a gallon of water. Add a can of penetrating oil spray, a roll of duct tape, twine, bungee cords and basic tools so that you can manage minor repairs on the road.
If you take your car to a mechanic, make sure they have the proper licenses and credentials. Before making your appointment, check their reviews online and their standing with the Better Business Bureau. Don’t just look at the positive reviews, but see how the company responds to negative feedback. Every business has the occasional problem, and if they handle the matter quickly and courteously, they may be worth a second look.
Avoid unexpected auto repair problems while driving by performing a basic safety check before you set out in your car. Start your engine, turn on your lights and your flashers and walk all the way around your car. Check your tires and make sure your lights and flashers are working properly. This simple check will ensure a safer ride and help you avoid the need for emergency repairs.
Ask about prices and labor rates before you give your keys to a mechanic. Not all shops will be upfront about their prices, so ask anyone available for this information. This will give you a better idea of what you will be billed. Shops also often give you estimated repair costs and times. Some “minor” repairs can take all day according the the estimates of the manufacturer.
Always research the reputation of any auto repair shop you are considering using to have your car serviced. If you are a AAA member, you can find a list of approved shops on their website. You can also download an app for your smartphone like RepairPal to view ratings for different repair shops.
Many auto repair businesses have a less than stellar reputation. It can be difficult to find one that you can trust. Use the tips in this article to get the best auto repair possible. A bit of effort initially can save you from a lot of heartache down the road.