Real mechanics will give you the inside scoop on the tricks of the trade but some will try to do all they can to fleece you off your hard earned money.
Watch out for scare tactics
Admonitions like “I wouldn’t drive this another mile” should be viewed with suspicion. This is because such mechanics are just out to scare you so much that you will be ready to submit to all they say.
A lot of mechanics love to use fancy words and names for automobile parts. This usually scares car owners into submission.
Ask, ask, ask
Ask for recommendations, years in business, warranties offered, licenses, and the type of equipment used. Look for a clean garage. A floor cluttered with empty oil cans, worn tires, and dirty rags is a red flag.
Tools of the Trade
It’s crazy to take a car with engine problems to a shop without a good engine analyzer and scan tool. Any car mechanic who says “I don’t need fancy equipment to do my job” should be avoided.
You get what you pay for
Synthetic motor oils may cost more, but there is a high chance that You will get a lot more miles on them before changing.
Going For A Second Opinion…
When you go to another mechanic for a second opinion, don’t tell the mechanic what the first diagnosis and price were.
Coolant flushes and power steering flushes are very common gimmicks at quick lubes. Check your owner’s manual; many cars have fluid that is designed to go 100,000 miles. And cleaning fuel injectors is a waste of time and money. There are additives on the market that do a great job.
Getting Your Brakes
Always ask for OE (original equipment) brake pads or at least equivalent material. A cheap brake job will usually get you the worst friction, it’s the difference between stopping short and causing a pileup on the way to work.
Ask about your new tyre’s “build date.” If you’re getting an unusually good deal, you might be receiving three-year-old treads, which can be risky.