If your car has broken down or you are hearing strange noises from it, then you are probably feeling a little stressed out. Taking a vehicle to a garage for car repairs can be a little intimidating for people who don’t know a lot about how their car works – putting your trust in a mechanic is not easy, and you can quickly convince yourself that the mechanic can sense your ignorance and that they are out to make as much money as they can from it. These tips will help you to ensure that the quote you get for car repairs is fair and legitimate.
Choose a Well-Known Garage
Firstly, try to find a well-known and reputable garage – one that’s been in business for a long time, and that your friends and family trust. Bad tradesmen won’t stay in business for long. If you are looking for a garage in an area you don’t know well, online reviews are a decent substitute for word of mouth recommendations – yes, they can be faked, but it’s usually easy to spot fake reviews since they tend to appear in a short space of time, from accounts with a limited history.
Read About Your Car’s Inner Workings
Purchase the Haynes Manual for your car, and read it. Read up on how cars work online as well, and search user’s forums for information about the problem you are having with your car. It’s worth doing this even if you aren’t going to attempt repairs yourself, since it will give you the ability to talk confidently about the problem, and it will help you understand the vocabulary that the mechanic uses. If you can go to the garage and say “I gather that this model often has transmission problems” it will show that you have done your homework, and make dodgy mechanics less likely to try to rip you off. Car Repairs can be expensive when you do not know what you are buying.
Confirm that the Work and Parts Are Guaranteed
Get a fully itemized quote for the work before you agree to having it done, and also get the mechanic to lay out in writing what they will do if you face any other expenses or they find any other faults while they are working on the vehicle. Confirm the company’s warranty policy, and get any guarantee in writing as well.
Get Your Service Log Filled Out
Once the work has been completed, get a receipt and store it in a safe place. Get the car’s service logbook filled out if appropriate – because this will help you should you come to sell the car at a later date. The receipt will also be useful in the event that you end up needing to call on the warranty service.
If you are happy with the garage after the work has been done, use them in the future and recommend them to your friends. Building up a relationship with a local garage will make life easier for you in the future, and give you the peace of mind that you will always have someone reputable to call on for auto repairs.