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How to choose the right mechanic

How to choose the right mechanic

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.

Recommendations

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.

Online

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?

Reputation

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

 

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  • Tiffany Locke
    April 3, 2018, 11:11 pm REPLY

    Your advice to get recommendations from people you know, such as friends and co-workers, and then look online at the websites and social media of local mechanics to learn more about their services is a good idea. I also like your advice to visit them and ask questions. When you ask questions, it would probably be a good idea to talk about the brand and model of vehicle you own in order to make sure they have experience with it so that they know how to fix it.

  • Braden Bills
    April 11, 2018, 1:59 pm REPLY

    I want to make sure that I get my car fixed properly. It makes sense that getting a good mechanic would be a good way to do that! I’ll talk to my friends and family to see if they have any recommendations. That way I can be sure to find one that I can trust!

  • john
    July 9, 2018, 10:07 pm REPLY

    I like that tip to search sites and social media. The internet is a wealth of information. You could even check the BBB, which lists rating and reviews.

  • vehicle servicing
    August 20, 2018, 12:08 pm REPLY

    As there are various platforms opened to choose the professional mechanic internet is one of the massive source provider for choosing the mechanic if you are choosing for first time then always check review and ratings of the mechanic shop provider, ask your friends who have taken their services before and always compare one and other shops with each other what they are providing you in respect to time and money.

  • Chloe Sanchez
    October 26, 2018, 2:04 am REPLY

    Hi, I just got my car and I wanted to find a good place to take my car if in case I need a repair. I’ve heard rumors of unsatisfactory service if you bring your car to your dealership. I live away from my family so I cannot really ask for recommendations from them. I would like to suggest checking the Better Business Bureau and ask about those their certifications if you’ll talk to a mechanic though. Your article has been very helpful. Thanks!

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