In a state like California, which is full of drivers, it is interesting that finding a trustworthy mechanic is such a difficult task. There are many inscrutable technicians out. It is not uncommon to be informed, months after the supposed installment, that your “brand new brakes” have actually never been changed. And, surprisingly, even in our hair-trigger review kind of world, most victims of car repair fraud do not even report what happened to them. Part of it is embarrassment, and that is unfortunate. The only people who should be ashamed are the crooked mechanics whose money-grabbing attitudes can actually lead to spelling out danger for their customers.
If you do find yourself in an accident, make sure you start off by contacting the proper authorities. After that, reach out to a qualified attorney to help you sort out your next steps.
Hopefully, you will not be dealing with that. So, for regular use, let’s look at ways to ensure that you are able to choose the best mechanic possible for your car.
- Learn the basics
Even if you are hiring someone to change your filters, it is an opportunity to check out what has happened. If you have no notion of auto-mechanics, at least pay attention to the parts referenced. You can perform a small amount of research to see what the improvements proposed by your mechanic would even look like.
You do not have to be experienced with cars to find out what your brakes look like. And this also means you can find out what new and old brakes look like, and be able to determine if yours were actually replaced.. In this way, you can make some informed judgments about the quality of your mechanic’s improvements. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if there is anything you do not understand.
- Ask for your old parts back
This is a surefire way to make sure you are getting a new part. Let’s say someone tells you your radiator hose needs to be replaced. It would be a piece of mind to see the old one out and the new one in.
- Don’t let yourself get intimidated
Look out for mechanics who take your car based on one complaint, and then come up with a lot more they “have” to do. Some people end up paying thousands based on a fix that really costs only a couple hundred dollars. Always ask questions and insist on explanations.
- Read reviews and listen to your friends
Look for local social media groups with honest and up-to-date information about the mechanics in your area. Look out for complaints that would make or break your experience, beyond just price or attitude.
- Bring a savvy friend
If you have a handy person to bring, do so. Let your friend shadow as emotional support and take it all in. Then consult on the recommendations of the mechanic together.
It’s not that difficult to take the power back when it comes to repairing your car. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, learn a little and look for reviews and bring a friend if needed.