Help Choosing An Auto Mechanic

Need help choosing an auto mechanic that you can feel comfortable with? Here are tips to get you started in th proper direction.

Choosing a good mechanic can be a task, but finding one that is trustworthy and honest is something all together different. Service on a vehicle is expensive anyway, but dependable, honest service from a garage is priceless. Mechanics are generally at a huge advantage when a woman needs a vehicle fixed. They can usually tell them what is wrong and add something else that also needs to be fixed. Following are some tips for women who do not know much about vehicles and are "in the hands" of the mechanic they choose. There are some ideas on how to test out the mechanic that you chose to see if they are what you are looking for.

It is a good idea to check the Better Business Bureau for any complaints for the mechanic you choose. This will ensure that you are with a company that is good with their customers. Another sign for a mechanic is availability. You can just about ash them if they do good work, by asking them when they can get you in. If they can see you within ½ hour the same day, they are probably not very good. The only downfall that this presents is that most people do not have an extra car on hand to wait for the better mechanic. When your car is out, you must look at all aspects of the service.

The first step is to take your vehicle to the mechanic for an estimate only. This is the most critical step and will determine the trust between you and the mechanic. Above all, the estimate should be written. This will ensure that if they go over the cost, they have to consult you first. Next, they should sit down and explain the estimate in detail with you. A great mechanic will physically show you what is wrong and give you alternatives or cheaper ways to fix the problem. You may not know what they are showing you, but this will make you feel more comfortable and trusting with them. If they are condescending it can be hard to respect them and even harder to trust them.

After you have decided on the garage and mechanic of your choice, it is important to be aware of the service they give you. Timely service is something to look for. If the mechanic says your vehicle will be done at a certain time, and it is, that is a great sign. If you end up waiting for the mechanic to finish, this can be a sign that they take on too many tasks at one time. Some times they may just have estimated wrong and it cannot be helped, but overall the service should be on time and prompt.

Also be aware of the quality of service. When you get have your vehicle back check to see if the seat was moved around or if the radio station was changed. Simple things like this show that they do not respect your vehicle. Check the odometer to see if it has drastically changed. Another thing to check is for grease on the seat. Good mechanics will cover the seat with plastic before they drive it.

Overall, you can never be too careful with choosing a mechanic. In today's world it can be hard to find one that is honest and trustworthy. Using the tips above will help you choose the right mechanic for you. Establishing a trust with the mechanic is something that will help you in the long run. It is okay to be picky until you find the perfect mechanic for you and feel comfortable with them. Once you are comfortable with a mechanic, it will not be a traumatic experience every time something happens to your vehicle.

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