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Things to Consider When Looking for a Good Motor Mechanic

October 23, 2012

Do you ever get that uneasy feeling whenever you get your car checked or fixed that you’re paying more than you should for services that you don’t really need? To help you find a good motor mechanic, here are some of the things you should consider.

Factor #1: Specialisation

First thing to look at when choosing a mechanic is specialisation. There are motor mechanics that are experts in muscle cars, vintage cars, Japanese cars, four-wheel drives, front-wheel drives, specific makes, and all other possible variations. What’s important is that the motor mechanic specialises on what you’re having repaired, especially if the work needed is major.

Factor #2: Reputation

Reputation is also important when choosing a motor mechanic because it would give you an idea what to expect. To find more about a mechanic or shop, search their names online—something might turn up. It can be a criticism from a disgruntled customer or it could be praise for their know-how. Just take contrarian comments with a grain of salt.

Factor #3: Location of repair shop

Naturally, location is important. You may have found a cheap mechanic that can handle your car’s special needs, but if the shop is so far and out of the way that you won’t reach it before it closes for the day, then you may have to rethink your options. Look for one that’s accessible by public transport so that you can still move around without your car. In terms of distance, it would be great if you can find one that’s close to your office or home so that you can pick up your vehicle before or after work.

Factor #4: Experience

For best results, see to it that the mechanic is experienced in dealing with your car’s make and model. An experienced motor mechanic has a better chance of finding out what’s wrong with your car and fixing it.

Factor #5: Use of scare tactics

Beware of mechanics that use scare tactics, saying things like you need so and so components or you’ll get into an accident. Some of them are just trying to dupe you into paying for unnecessary services and parts. Admittedly, it’s hard to tell if a mechanic is telling the truth or not especially if you don’t know anything about cars. But if you do encounter this, get a second opinion; these mechanics likely won’t be honest with you.

Factor #6: Certifications and licences

Here’s a way to find out if the motor mechanic or shop is reputable: they prominently display their certifications and licences, and they’re quite proud of it. For this reason, always ask a mechanic or shop if they have the proper licences and certifications, particularly if you don’t see it conspicuously displayed when you visit. Having certifications and licences mean the mechanic is legit and that they follow a code of conduct, which ensures quality work.

Factor #7: Personality

Don’t take personality for granted—it’s essential for getting the work you want done. What you need to look for in a mechanic’s personality is his or her willingness to listen and communicate with you. A motor mechanic should make the effort to explain the problem and what repairs need to be performed. Beware of mechanics that don’t ask for your approval to do additional work that costs extra. Some may advise you that your car might need other work done, but until you say yes, they shouldn’t proceed. Remember, you don’t have to pay for something you never agreed to.

Factor #8: Warranty

Repairs typically have a 12-month or 12,000-mile warranty, or something close. Make sure that when shopping around for a motor mechanic, you ask about the warranty that he or she offers. If the mechanic gives a dramatically low figure, look somewhere else.