Heading over to your local mechanic soon to get something done? There are some questions that you need to ask in order to get the most from your visit. Take a read and see what you may have been missing up until now.
#1 CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT MY OPTIONS ARE?
Any good mechanic will have various solutions and options to relay to you in order for you to find the perfect resolution for your mechanical troubles. Ever reputable professional mechanic will be able to take you through the stages of each phase that needs completing. They should also speak in a language you understand and explain and technical terminology so that you understand everything. Knowledge is power and making you feel as though you have no idea what they are talking about is incredibly unprofessional and a huge red flag.
#2 WHAT ARE MY WARRANTY OPTIONS ?
A confident auto repairer will be able to offer you a warranty on his or her work. There is always a certain period that your car should not depend on further work for some time as well as that your parts should also have a guarantee on their longevity. Some service warranties range from lifetime warranties on parts such as disc pads, brake services and brake shoes, whilst others will have a six month guarantee such as air, cabin air, transmission and fuel filters.
#3 CAN I HAVE A DETAILED INVOICE ONCE THE REPAIRS ARE COMPLETED ?
#4 HAVE YOU WORKED ON THE SAME MAKE AND MODEL AS MY CAR?
It goes without saying that different car models function in different ways so it’s vital that your potential car mechanic is familiar with your make and model. A lot of auto repairers have certifications to work on particular models so it might be a good idea to find a mechanic that has been trained to work on your car.
#5 DO YOU HAVE ANY REFERENCES ?
To be quite frank a qualified professional should not have any issues with letting you check their references. You can always take a peek online on sites such as Yelp and other mechanical customer review sites. There you can find your local mechanic and the feedback they have been rewarded.
Chatting to your auto repairer should leave you feeling more in touch with what is happening with your car. If you leave their shop feeling confused, or even worse ignorant and embarrassed this is a sign that you should look for other options. Make sure to slip these questions into conversation next time and just their reaction to these queries should tell you a lot about the way they work.