Spring has sprung with the warmer weather encouraging drivers to bring their vehicles into repair and auto maintenance shops for tire changes and post winter tune ups, but being prepared for seasonal driving conditions and maintenance isn’t the only precaution drivers should take when serving their vehicles. We’ve got 5 signs for you to look out for to avoid dealing with shady mechanics looking to fine tune more than just your car.
“I wouldn’t drive that car another mile…”- This ominous prediction and other such statements of doom and gloom is something also referred to as a scare tactic. If a mechanic says this to you, it is most likely a good idea to find another shop that is probably located a short distance within that mile.
Certifications- Mechanics who care about their reputation should have ASE certification, or seals of certification from ASA, AAA and other auto industry groups prominently displayed within the shop. If you don’t see any, ask why and think about what level of trust that inspires in you.
Write it down- Never sign any forms, especially a blank work authorization form without an estimate written down. Always ensure the estimate and work order is written out before you sign any documents.
Ask your dealership- Oftentimes a warranty can cover the cost of a repair for free. Give your dealership a call and inquire if your repairs are covered before you bring it to a repair shop.
Do your homework- Just because it’s written on Yelp doesn’t mean it’s always true. But if you check reviews online and see a reoccurring pattern in the complaints, it’s probably best to avoid bringing your vehicle to a place with others complaining about the same issue.
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