You may feel a bit hesitant to take your car to the shop. High cost, lack of expertise, mechanics who might take advantage of you – these are just some of the things that make you wary. We understand those so we collected tips to help you decide and prepare to take a trip to the shop.
Ask for recommendations.
- Scout for shops with good feedback. Ask your family and friends. They can honestly give you the pros and cons of their mechanic.
Be prepared for the cost which is more than the initial quote.
- It is impossible to know everything that’s wrong with the car before it has been worked on. Good mechanics will inform you about the probable additional cost on replacement advance. They will not yet conclude as they may still check if they can still fix prior replacement. You can tell your mechanic to advise you about the additional work/cost that may occur.
Familiarize yourself with your owner’s manual.
- Check your car’s maintenance schedule and details in your owner’s manual. This way, you can be sure that you only pay for the service that is needed in the maintenance.
Pay attention to the health of your tires.
- Always check your tires. Make sure to rotate them as scheduled and replace them when the tread is gone. Paying attention to your tires is a little effort that goes a long way in terms of your safety and car maintenance.
Paying a visit to a car shop is inevitable especially when your car is problematic. Take time to learn about your car and how to care for it, perform the scheduled maintenance and build a professional relationship with your mechanic.