Owning a car is expensive, but it sure makes life much easier with less inconvenience of getting from one place to another. All you need is to learn how to change a tyre, plan for gas purchases, insurance, avoid receiving parking tickets and hope that it does not depreciate so fast or break down.
But when that day unfortunately comes and you cannot figure out what went wrong with your machine, you will have to call a mechanic to figure it out because these people have dedicated their lives to studying cars beyond your imagination. And like any other profession, there are tricks that remain unspoken, which your mechanic will probably not share with you. He has to remain relevant, right?
Well, don’t you worry about it because we’ve got you a list of some things that mechanics may not exactly disclose.
1. If ever they says “I wouldn’t drive this car another mile.” or “For $3,500, I can stop your car from exploding.” Proceed with caution because mechanics too have their own bag of scare tactics.
2. Just as you change your clothing to suit winter or summer, treat your car the same way. While an oil change every 5000 miles serves it just fine during normal conditions, a change every 3,000 miles will ensure continued efficiency during the severe conditions.
3. Highfliers usually show off their achievements given the chance. So, look out for that ASE Certificate and don’t be shy to ask for it if it’s not on display. If you are not shown one then rethink your choice of mechanic.
4. Don’t fall for their mind blowing mechanical jargon, make sure you actually understand everything they say before you leave the garage.
5. See more than none mechanic, no shame in getting another mechanic’s opinion. Just be sure to maintain confidentiality of all opinions gathered. Do not disclose to either parties involved.
6. You might want to stick to your Vehicle’s auto manual once a mechanic tells you that you need a fluid flush. Remember that they too work on commission at the end of the day and they will sell to you whatever they can.
7. Look out for those guides that give an indication of what you should be charged for whatever service or part. It should help you audit what you are being charged. Make an effort to keep informed.
8. Yes, mechanical work is messy but if you cannot set foot into your Mechanic’s work place, then how is your car supposed to find a place in there? Find another garage as soon as possible.
9. Offers to get additional work done on your car usually come at a cost so be cautious when such offers are made. Chances are that you will be charged for the extra time whether you were informed or not.
10. Brakes are such an important part of your car, and as much as cost of brakes varies, only a cheap mechanic will be sparing with a job on these. Go ahead and ask for that estimate and value your mechanic.
11. Those old parts may be useless to you, nevertheless ask for them back to make sure that they were actually replaced.