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Car tips & advice | 11.03.2014 - 18:55

Five Questions to Ask Professionals Before Getting Your Car Repaired

To get the best service and save money, it's important to ask your mechanic a few questions before getting started.

The average car owner doesn't usually know where it start when presented by car trouble they can't fix themselves. Not all mechanics are created equal, and a little inquiry goes a long way. To ensure that you receive the best outcome, there are a few key questions you should ask your mechanic before having someone look at your car:

How much will it cost?
The most crucial question to ask your mechanic is how much the repairs will cost. Getting an estimate beforehand ensures that you can work the cost of repairs into your budget. Make sure you get a copy of the estimate. Unscrupulous mechanics will often inflate the charges of repairs. If you have a hard copy, you have evidence in case any unexpected costs arise.

Do you service all makes and models?
It's important that an auto shop knows how to deal with common problems in cars that are old and new. While it may be necessary to see someone who has very specialized and detailed knowledge about about a certain car, this is not likely the case. Mechanics should be trained to provide you the best service and repairs, not matter what type of car you have.

What kind of tools do you use?
Before you let your vehicle out of your hands, make sure you find out what kind to tools they have on hand to take care of the problem. They should have state-of-the-art equipment so they can get the job done quickly and with precision.

How long will the repairs take?
If you do decide on a particular mechanic, be sure to ask them for an estimate of how long it will take them to repair your vehicle. If the timeline is too long, it can be a red flag that the shop is overbooked, and you might want to find a shop that can complete the necessary repairs more quickly.

Is your work guaranteed?
Any work your mechanic does may not last. Ensuring that their work is warrantied or guaranteed in some way could save you a big headache. If a mechanic does not guarantee their work on big jobs like engine replacement, that should raise a red flag. If they do, make sure that you read the warranty thoroughly and keep a copy for your records.

Getting details on certification, parts and warranties beforehand can save you time and money. A professional mechanic will be happy to provide you with the information you need to get your car back on the road quickly and economically.

Information credit to Interstate Auto Care.

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