Finding Good Car Repair

Just about everyone that owns a car is in need of a trustworthy, go-to car repair center. Even if we can do basic maintenance (tire check, oil changes) or quick fixes (tire change, jump start), we don't have the tools or the knowledge to look under the hood and know what's going on. It's kind of like being a regular person imagining being a surgeon. We know what's inside...kind of…but we have absolutely no business rooting around in there. We rely on our cars (and bodies!) daily and we want the best for them. So how do you know you're getting quality auto care, but also a good deal?

1. Research:  In the days of Google at our fingertips, literally, every moment we could want, researching couldn't be easier.  Get to know your vehicle, its basic engine information, as well as an average cost and length of time of the repair you need.

2. Build a Relationship with your Dealer: If your car is on the newer side or still under warranty, the dealership is your best bet. If you no longer live near the dealership where you bought your vehicle from, ask around to get recommendations, and check reviews.
3.  Ask to back it up: You've got your quote. You've found your shop. Now, it's time to make sure you've protected yourself. Ask what happens if the final price is higher than the estimate. Will they call you and ask before doing the more expensive work? What if the problem returns within a certain amount of time? Is there any sort of guarantee? Just make sure you know all the fine details of the repair.

4. Be respectful: Yup, no question, you're coming in armed and ready. But always treat the mechanic in a trustworthy way.  Acknowledge that, although you have looked into things, you are coming to them as the expert. Treat them as a partner in getting you running again. 

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