Jan 01 2021

4 tips for choosing a good auto mechanic


There is no doubt that a car is very expensive. But savvy homeowners can save on repairs by knowing how to ask the right questions and shop around.


1. Ask the right questions:

It is important to visit several garages and ask the same questions so that you can compare the answers.

Here are some examples of questions you can ask and ask yourself:

  1. Does the garage honor your car warranty?
  2. Does the garage put its warranty information in plain view?
  3. Does the warranty cover parts and labor?
  4. Is the price correctly displayed? You should be able to immediately know the rates for particular jobs.
  5. Are the mechanics certified by a recognized Canadian organization?
  6. Does the garage showcase its certificates and awards?
  7. Can the garage provide you with a quote?
  8. Have any complaints been made against the garage?
  9. Are the staff helpful and courteous?
  10. Do you feel comfortable asking them questions?


2. Keep a repair log:

Keep a repair log with full details.

  1. Note who did the work, what it is and when it was completed. This will tell you immediately whether a suggested repair (new tires, brake pads, etc.) makes sense or not.
  2. This little document will also come in handy when you are ready to sell your car.


3. Imagine you are at the doctor:

The next time you go to the mechanic, ask him lots of questions before letting him fix your car.

  1. Remember to inquire about the tariff and price of parts or supplies.
  2. If you're not comfortable with the answers or the price, or if this mechanic hasn't been recommended to you by someone you trust, it would be a good idea to go shopping for a second opinion elsewhere.


4. Shop and compare:

If you've shopped the garages, be sure to compare apples to apples. 

  1. A mechanic could, for example, replace a worn part with a new one, while another could replace it with a machined part.
  2. Pay close attention to the details of the quote.

You don't want to outsource your auto repairs. Make sure you ask the right questions and know the repairs in detail to ensure you get your money's worth.

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