When you are the proud owner of your very own vehicle there’s a lot to take care of. It usually starts with picking an insurance company, which you only do once in a blue moon, and goes on to refill the gas tank, which you do much more often. We’re able to take care of most of our vehicle needs on our own, but what happens when our car has some sort of malfunction and requires professional attention? This is when a mechanic comes into the picture. And while most of us seem to choose the first or second mechanic that comes our way, it is extremely not recommended.
If you want to receive professional service here are the main things to ask the mechanic before allowing them to work on your car:
- Are You a Certified Mechanic? And if so, What Type of Certification Do You Have?
Let us start with the basics – your mechanic should be a certified professional. A certified mechanic must meet certain demands and regulations regarding the services they provide. And sure, there is no guarantee that you will get the best service or pricing, but it means that the mechanic has a certain level of professionalism as they went through the required training. If the mechanic is certified, try to grab a better understating of which type of certifications they have, in order to make sure it is the right one that qualifies them to provide service to your car.
- Do You Have Any Previous Experience Working with My Car’s Model?
While having the proper qualification is important, you should also try to figure out whether your mechanic is experienced enough in repairing your car’s make and model. Every car has its own technical systems and specifications, and the mechanic needs to have both the knowledge and the experience in order to solve your car’s problem. Otherwise, you may find yourself coming back to the shop sooner than you think.
- What Exactly Will I be Charged For?
Don’t be afraid to ask what you are charged for, as it may reveal if you are being overcharged for something. It can also help you get a better understanding of what kind of repair was done to your car. Usually, the total price will include the different parts (ask the mechanic if they plan to use original ones, new ones, or used parts) that were replaced or used during the work and the amount of time spent working on your car.
- Do You Offer Any Guarantees Or Any Other Services?
Fixing your car is not the only service a professional mechanic should be able to provide you with. First, you need to ask if you get any guarantees as part of their service, such as warranty on the provided solution, which will ensure the mechanic has no interest to see you coming back in a few days. Second, find out if they offer any other services like a waiting room or replacement vehicles. If your mechanic doesn’t offer any of those, you’d better start looking for another mechanic.