7 Questions to Ask Your Auto Mechanic
by ActionLocal Apr 14, 2019
Some people treat their cars like a princess. But the others not so much. Well, if you don't care about your vehicle's condition, then it will be troublesome for you. The individuals who are concerned with their investments understand the fact that they need to take their cars to an auto mechanic as often as needed for regular maintenance and issues that arise. But don't depend on the mechanic entirely, self-awareness is also vital. If you don't ask the mechanic what the problem is with your automobile, you may not be able to avoid it in the future.
So whenever you go for a repair to a mechanic, never forget to ask them a few important questions. We have gathered up a list of 7 questions that can help sum up your vehicle's present situation.
Question 1: Ask them what's the problem?
Yes, the first and most important thing to ask is the problem itself. A good mechanic will give you a briefing about the issues and concerns. Pay attention to every detail they mention. Normally, the electronics portion of your vehicle will have a maintenance light come on, sometimes it's just an error code. But if the mechanical parts are damaged or at risk then the mechanic will recommend repair or replacement.
Question 2: Ask what happens if you don't fix the problem?
Unless you know the consequences, you may not even choose to repair the problem. Make sure that you get all the information before you decide. If it is a small fault like a small tear in the safety belt, then you can choose to delay the repair. But if the brakes have issues, then it requires repair as soon as possible.
Question 3: What caused the problem and how to fix it?
Some people don't concern themselves with the issue itself. It's a good idea to know the reason behind what caused the issue. If the issue is common with the model and make or your vehicle, then the auto mechanic can suggest some viable options. But if the issue is your driving habits, then the problem can occur more than once. So, it is entirely up to you to take the preventive measure. The mechanic can offer you a few useful tips to prevent the recurring problem.
Question 4: Can you see the damaged/defective part?
Some mechanics are hands-on and like to show the customer a dirty air filter for example or a torn belt or hose. If the fix involves removal of the auto parts, then ask to see the damaged or defective part too if the mechanic does not offer to show you. If the auto mechanic declines to show the defective part, then it's recommended you seek another mechanic.
Question 5: How to prevent the same in the future?
An expert can simply look at the vehicle's conditions and tell you what the issues are. Once the repair is done, a reputable mechanic will let you know of the impending risks and repairs. You can even ask them to create a maintenance plan for you. You can further compare the plan with the manufacturer's manual and see if the recommendation meets your needs. A trusted auto mechanic will only give you real advice, not just worry about making money with needless repairs.
Question 6: How often should you visit a vehicle repair center?
There are manufacturers timeframes for oil changes, tire rotation, fluid flushes and so on. You can ask the mechanic who just fixed your vehicle about the next visit if you are not sure what the recommended time frame is. Typically major reviews of your engine are 30/60/90,000 miles. You just need to ask them when they should come for new brake fluid, air filter, and other routine maintenance and ask them to send you a reminder email or postcard.
Question 7: What are the charges for the service?
Get an estimate first so you know what your financial outlay will be. Often there are diagnostics charges to analyze the problem with your car or truck. But some people are not worried about the cost; they just want their car fixed. The repair, labor, parts, and diagnostics, all sum up the charges. But you should watch out the bill carefully and ensure that you are not charged for some extra service. If you don't understand something on your bill, have the mechanic explain the cost and pay the bill only after you are fully satisfied with their work.
If you hesitate to ask these questions, then there are chances that you might get hoodwinked. But if you are visiting a reputable repair center, then the mechanic will be more likely to help you. Get all the clarification you need before you schedule your car maintenance or repair.