Finding an auto repair shop can be a daunting task. To make the task stress free, here are tips on what to ask an auto shop.
According to an article at safeco.com, “How to Find an Auto Repair Shop”
- My car is doing (X). What do you think it could be? First things first: Don’t be afraid to call the shop and ask about anything! When a dashboard indicator lights up, the car starts making a strange noise or it feels like it’s driving differently, a lot of people clam up because they don’t want to sound stupid. That can end up costing your money in the long run, because whatever problem you have could get worse if you wait.
- Are you certified? Experts say any mechanic you choose should be ASE-certified. (That’s an abbreviation for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.)
- Is your work guaranteed? Get specifics and compare between shops for the same type of repair. And always find out before you have any work done.
- Do you specialize in specific makes or models? A shop focused on Japanese cars might not be best for you if your car is European.
- Can you prioritize these repairs? What needs to be fixed now? Getting a long list of what’s wrong with your car can be daunting – and expensive. So, ask if certain repairs can wait.
- What would you do in my shoes? A trustworthy mechanic can provide guidance beyond simply fixing your car. For example, if you have an old car, they should be able to help you determine whether a particular repair is worth the cost.” To read the entire article click here.