Or so the headline goes.
If you believe the 'Current Affairs' programs, every mechanic is a theif who is waiting to take advantage of you.
The fact is, most mechanics are honest, hard working people who take their clients safety and welfare very seriously.
Taking a car to the mechanic for a service puts many people in an unfamiliar situation. Modern vehicle technology (and the terminology that goes with it) can be very confusing and may leave a novice feeling quite uncomfortable.
Unfortunately, (as with any profession) there are less trustworthy operators out there who, despite being only a small minority, manage to give the rest of the industry a bad name.
Detailed here are some tips on how to avaoid arm you with the best way to
The best advice is to find a professional mechanic you trust for your car servicing and can build a relationship with and not feel at risk of being ripped-off.
Many people believe if their car is under warranty they must have it serviced with the manufacturer. Luckily, technical and legal barriers have been reduced to maintain a level playing field in the automotive repair industry. This ensures there are many professional independent mechanics who can service your car without affecting your warranty. These independent servicing mechanics may also be closer to home or work and better value. Ensure you confirm with the mechanic that they can service the car in accordance with it's log-book and warranty conditions.
There are several things you can do to prepare yourself for a trip to the mechanic.
A car service may uncover faults with your car which need to be dealt with immediately, that are outside of what you expected from a car service. You may be concerned that this is not a necessary fix, perhaps just a mechanic’s attempt at trying to get an easy buck out of you, a rip-off.
There are several reasons why the mechanic is probably just being professional. A car service mechanic would not be doing their job properly if they did not include a general inspection of the overall condition of the car as part of the procedure, as this helps to ensure the timely identification of problem areas, including safety issues, that may need attention before the next service is due. If a piece of equipment isn’t going to hold up until your next car service they will suggest replacing it during the current one. In some situations they are legally obligated to alert you to problems with your car.
Car servicing is often an unwanted expense so additional requirements outside a standard service can hit the budget hard. Therefore the first thing that comes to mind is, ‘is this really necessary?’. Some people might even be suspicious the mechanic is trying to up sell.
A professional mechanic will not make recommendations based on just trying to turn over a bit of extra cash, your loyalty and repeat business is more valuable. Often it will be cheaper for you to fix the problem during the service because the vehicle is already dismantled. Also, if you wait until the issue gets to a point when your car is no longer in working condition you could potentially cause more damage. For example, if a rubber timing belt were to break it could lead to extensive engine damage, which can cost many thousands of dollars to rectify.
In saying this what price do you put on safety or even just peace of mind?
A trip to the mechanic shouldn't make you feel uncomfortable. Find the right mechanic for you, know your car and what is required for that service and ask questions of your mechanic when you are unsure. Armed with this tips your next visit to a car servicing mechanic should be a better experience.