Get the insider scoop on how to make sure you aren’t paying more than you should on car repairs
Before we begin, lets get some background information. Travis, who wrote these, managed a car shop for over 12 years and these are the insights that he saw while he was in the industry. This is what your mechanic is thinking when he is telling you what is wrong with your car. And if he is a good honest mechanic, this is what he wants you to know:
1. Go with your gut
When you are being given a line, you can usually tell. The same is with your mechanic. If something doesn’t seem right, it likely isn’t. Tust your instinct and more often than not, it will lead you right.
2. Get a second opinion
If your gut is telling you that what your mechanic is telling you isn’t right, go to another mechanic to get his opinion. HOWEVER when you go to the second mechanic, don’t tell him that he is giving you a secon opinion. In fact, don’t even tell him anything the first mechanic said. Just take your car in and see if he tells you the same thing without being prompted.
3. Ask to see the bad part
If your mechanic tells you that there is something broken or worn out and your gut is telling that something isn’t right, ask to see it. If you ask to see what the mechanic is talking about you suddenly take the power from him. If he is telling the truth then he will happily show you (a good mechanic wants you to know what is going on with your car) but if he is not telling the truth then he will try to make some excuse for the reason that you can’t see it. They are most likely depending on you not knowing enough about cars to question them so when you do it will throw them off their game and they will be more hesitant to take advantage of you again.
4. Ask the mechanic for a prioritized list
IIf your mechanic gives you a whole list of repairs and services that you need, ask them to prioritize it. Ask them to write down what you need to have done right now and what can wait, in order. If you have a good mechanic then they will be happy to help you understand the severity of each service and when you should get it done, and if your mechanic is not being honest then they will have a harder time thinking of a reason to have certain services done immediately like they are reccommending.
5. Don’t always go with the lowest price
When it comes to car repairs, cheapest doesn’t always mean spending less money. Yes you might be paying less rght now, but that part is giong to wear out faster and you will be in the shop sooner than if you would have just went with something that was a bit more expensive.
6. Don’t always go with the highest price
That being said, just because something is more expensive, doesn’t mean it is better. This will take some research but try to find the best part for the best price. There are lots of studies and reviews done for pretty much every part in your car so with a little time and research you can find out which part is the best for your money.
7. Know what type of parts they are using
Whether your mechanic is putting on a brand new part straight from the factory, something refurbished, or something used and old, this will affect how long the part will last and how much it should cost.
8. Call a friend
The BEST way to save money when you go to the car shop is to have a trusted friend or family member who you can call if you have any questions. When you are at the shop and your mechanic tells you that you need some service or repair that is going to cost you $1,000 you want to know if this is really true before you spend your money. Having someone you can call for advice (who know what they are talking about) will allow you to confidently tell your mechanic no to expensive repairs you don’t need without worrying if they were actually telling the truth.
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