- December 29, 2017
- By Admin
- In Uncategorized
Every vehicle will require maintenance and repairs from time to time. Choosing a mechanic can be a difficult decision, as finding a good trustworthy workshop is very important. Here are a few of our tips for choosing where to take your car.
Ask a friend, co-worker or family member if they have a workshop they can recommend or if there is one that they have had a bad experience with. If you find that a few people have had a good experience with the same shop, then chances are you will too.
If you can’t find any recommendations from people you know, you can search online. Search through websites and social media of local mechanics to see what they have to offer. Can they take care of everything under one roof or would you need to take your car to different places for different repairs? Do they show a clean, well equipped workshop that you would be comfortable leaving your car at? Are they affiliated with or certified by governing bodies?
Read through customer online reviews. Be sure to read through multiple reviews as there are good businesses with bad reviews and bad businesses with 5 star reviews. How do they respond to any negative reviews? Look for individualised details in the review that are more likely to indicate an authentic review.
Visit the workshop
If you have found a workshop that seems to be a good fit for your needs, visit them, ask some questions. Will they show you what needs doing? will they show you what has been done or replaced? if something goes wrong, what warranty do they offer? do they have insurance covering your car whilst in their care or if something does go wrong? how do they invoice, is it detailed and outlines all labour and parts used?
Go with your gut
Does something about the shop or the mechanics put you off? Don’t leave your car there and then kick yourself later when something goes wrong. Use your intuition; it can save you a lot of grief. If you have it down to two or three shops that seem equal, then the best thing that you can do is to choose the one that gave you the best feeling. The truth is that you are not going to know how good a shop is until you give them a try, but taking your time and comparing things like price, reputation and the qualifications of the mechanic will provide you with the best chance of finding a mechanic that you can trust