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  • Claire Thestrup posted an update 1 week, 2 days ago

    At the minimum, take a look online to see what others are saying about the shop as well.If you notice your headlights do not shine as brightly as they used to, check to make sure they are clean. Residue can diminish their light output. Wash them with glass cleaner and you should be able to see better.Make sure the mechanic you hire is properly qualified. Someone who gives vague answers to direct questions, or ignores them altogether, may not have the necessary knowledge to give you quality service. If your gut feeling is that you don’t quite trust your mechanic, keep looking for one who inspires confidence in you and helps you understand the problems with your car.Make sure that you always keep a spare tire and jack in your vehicle. Many new cars have these. They are extremely helpful if your car experiences a problem while you are out on the road and you don’t want to call a tow truck. It is simpler and cheaper to do the work yourself.Understand the risks involved with DIY auto repairs. Ensure that you have help close at hand in case something goes wrong. Put your money towards purchasing good tools that will last. When it comes to the tools you use to change a tire, this is vital. The jack must hold the vehicle securely and safely. Do you really want to get under your car with a poorly made or faulty jack? Therefore a quality hydraulic floor jack combined with sturdy jack stands will keep you safe.Prior to having a car repaired, take pictures of all parts of it. While many shops won’t strip your car, some will in order to make more money. You need to be able to document the original damages done to your vehicle in case your mechanic fails to fix them or makes things worse.Check to see that your mechanic has the necessary certifications handy. You should especially check for the A.S.E Seal of Approval from the Nat’l Mobile Car Valeting Woldingham Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. When they have this, you know they are trained properly and are going to give you good results.Ask your mechanic if he can wait a few hours for you to think about getting your car fixed after getting a diagnosis and a quote. Call other shops to see how much repairs would be before getting work from the first mechanic. If you find something less expensive, pay them for their labor, but take your car somewhere else.Have you ever wondered what OEM means? These initials mean Original Equipment Manufacturer. Remember this when replacing parts on your car. If you specify that you want original equipment manufacturer parts, the mechanic will think you know what you’re talking about. This will lower the chances of someone putting used auto parts on your car.After paying a mechanic to replace an old part on your vehicle with a new one, ask him to give you back the one that he removed. If he refuses, it may be because the part was never replaced. Be wary if this occurs, and make sure to press the issue.