We all know that some mechanics will always try to rip off newbie customers by inventing non-essential repairs and useless buys in simple inspection or oil change jobs while falsely convincing the customers that these repairs are much needed or essential. Not trying to sound negative here as not all mechanics are dishonest like that and usually most mechanics will try to help you save money and time with their expert advice whether you looking for just a simple repair or even auto parts or second hand engines replacement job but sadly there are some mechanics very few that doesn’t have a reputable background due to the scamming tactics they pull up when they see a wandering fish in the ocean of vehicle repairing.
Apart from feeling betrayed and hurt this can also cost you a lot of money to learn the lesson the hard way. So to stay safe of the scammers and make sure you secure a better deal, you must consider the tips we’ll be giving you further in the blog but firstly don’t forget that the mechanic performing the repair job for your vehicle is also running a business or affiliated with one so they also have to earn their bread through it. But you also have the complete right to make sure that the profit they will be earning on the repair job is justified and within limits. Sadly some mechanics look to make their business bigger by charging extra and ripping off customers which in turn gives them a bad reputation in the long run.
1. Firstly, get to know your car
Knowing your car properly is the key to get anything done to it with perfection. This can be started by getting through the company given owner’s manual and focusing on the details given related to your car’s functioning so you can understand it better. This way the more you get to know your car, the fewer the chances will be of you being fooled into spending more on repair jobs at garages. Being informed about the basic maintenance methods to checking tire pressure ,engine light or second hand engines, will surely give you an advantage while dealing with mechanics. Also, the internet is an amazing tool for gathering information or simply researching a specific problem related to your car. When it comes to cars they don’t usually fall into the DIY category but having enough knowledge can help you get the job done by the right mechanic.
2. Get aware of the tricks, mechanics pull to make you spend more money
Just like good people share good practices in their circle to help others, there are also bad mechanics who have common scamming tactics and schemes in their repairing procedures to make few extra quid wrongfully. Even though it may sound a bit sexist to mention but it is an alarming issue as many bad mechanics try to take advantage of the fact that particularly woman don’t have much knowledge about cars in general. So as a woman, you should be aware of these types of mechanics or garages and must only go for reputed and certified dealers or garages when going for oil and air filter change or while getting second hand engines.
3. Asking for extra dimes by simply wasting time.
Beware of the time-wasting mechanics that will eventually charge you more for your car’s stay time in the garage rather than the repair job itself. The correct way to make sure you don’t have to face this situation is taking beforehand steps to gather some knowledge through third party resources on how much time the repair job or the process you want to be done will take so you can have a rough idea of the estimated price you’ll be quoted.
4. The flashy wallet flushers
Suppose you finally decided to go for an oil change of your vehicle because it’s time, before you even get a grasp of the situation a trickster mechanic would’ve sold you a steering flush or a cooling flush etc. while giving you dozens of flashy and cool reasons that why you must have them, all this just to make some easy money. Giving some extra tip on your own will in return for getting good service is a nice gesture but that doesn’t mean you should allow someone to use you as a cash cow.
5. Taking a strategic approach
This one’s mentioned last so you may remember it first-hand every time you get an issue related to your car. Designing a strategy to complete a task is the most common but successful approach. So when you decide to get your car repaired for any sort of problem always get it checked by skilled technicians in your locality that you or someone you know trusts. If you aren’t that well connected or just a new resident of the area where you want your vehicle to be repaired or get an engine replacement you should always go for prominent garages or stores that deals in reconditioned or second hand engines as they tend to have more experienced mechanics than average repair shops.