If you are like the majority of motorist, your car is over seven years old, well past its warranty period, and all you know about it is where to put gas and washer fluid. When it comes time to repair your car, I feel your pain. In this Blog I cannot give you the expertise or knowledge to know everything about your car. I can give you a few basic tips on how to keep repair costs down.
Most importantly, find a shop that you trust. If you are ignorant about the repair procedures of your car, then why waste your time to go to 2 or3 different shops to get quotes. Once you find an honest shop, stick with them, your loyalty will be rewarded.
Educate yourself, ask technicians to see the defective parts, it won’t make you a mechanic overnight, but it will give you an idea of what a defective part looks like.
Try to use a licensed mechanic at all times. Not to say that unlicensed techs don’t know what they are talking about. However a licensed has tech has satisfied the ministry’s requirements for fixing and maintaining your car. Even a well intentioned shade tree mechanic can cost you money in the long run.
Lastly, keep track of your records. Most garages recommend maintenance based on mileage. They may recommend services you have already done, not because they are cheats, but because they simply cannot taste, touch or consult their crystal ball to see if these maintenance requirements have been fulfilled. The onus is on you to keep abreast with what is being done to your. The more educated you are, the better you will be at it.
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