Ever get that sneaking suspicion when you take your car in for repair that you’re overpaying or getting needless work done? If you want to make sure you get service you can trust, keep in mind these tips for what to ask at the shop and signs of good (and bad) mechanics.
All good mechanics will thoroughly explain your repair options. A good mechanic will also keep a clean garage, a floor cluttered with empty oil cans and worn tires is a bad sign, a clean garage is also a sign that the mechanic is organized and not careless, this is very important for proper jobs to be done.
An auto repair shop without the necessary tools to fix a car at hand is probably not your best choice. Make sure that the tools are available. There’s nothing wrong with asking for a tour around the workshop or asking questions, this could save you from a disaster.
Shady shops might ask you to sign blank authorization forms trying to sell you an unnecessary transmission flush. If you’re not sure a repair was necessary, ask for your old parts back, so you know they’ve been changed and can see if they were worn.
There is a great tool to find good mechanics around your area and view customer’s reviews about them. You can use AutoNTZ which is a mechanic business directory, each workshop has reviews and rating where past and present customers rate their experience level with the mechanic. Poor reviews means red flags while good reviews means thumbs up.