Are you looking for a mechanic? It can sometimes be hard to know whether a mechanic is going to be good, or if you are going to be scammed and have problems with your car.
So what are the signs you should look out for and avoid when you’re looking for a good mechanic?
When you’re looking for a good mechanic, the best people to ask are your friends, family or coworkers. Have they been to the mechanic before, and have they had a good experience? You’re definitely going to avoid a mechanic if your friend tells you they’ve had a poor experience there.
Keep in mind – when you’re listening to what people have to say, make sure you ask what they actually had done, what type of car they have and what their mechanic knowledge is like. Some people will give negative recommendations without actually making a booking, or will have a poor experience in one area of the business, but not another.
If your friends and family can’t recommend a good mechanic, don’t worry! You can simply look online and get the recommendations there.
Look at Google reviews, or reviews left on review sites or social media. This will give you a good idea about the quality of the service. Make sure to look at the number of reviews. Having five stars is good, but not if it is just from a few reviews.
So you’re interested in making an appointment or getting a quote from a mechanic. How easy is it to contact them?
Good mechanics will have their phone number listed on their website or social websites. This should be able to be found easily. When called, you should either have someone answer your call, or someone return your call in a timely manner. If no one returns your missed call, this can be a red flag.
Some mechanics will also have a contact form set up on their website, or an email address, as another method for contacting them.
4. Get an estimate
Mechanics will generally be fine to look over your car and give you an estimate for how much the work will cost. If you request an estimate, make sure you get this in writing, rather than just in conversation. That way, you can make sure you won’t be overcharged once the work is complete, and you have proof of the initial estimate.
How much experience does the mechanic you’re visiting have? Do they have experience in the type of vehicle you have? You don’t want to book a mechanic who has no experience, or who is not experienced in the right area.
Much like experience, you want to make sure your mechanic is qualified. These qualifications are often displayed on their website, on social media sites or physically displayed in the mechanic shop. However, if this is not the case, do not hesitate to ask what qualifications the mechanic has.
When you’re talking to the mechanic on the phone and in-person at the shop, were they friendly and approachable? Everyone has off days where they are not as friendly as usual, however, you do not want to deal with a mechanic who is constantly grumpy and rude. This could cause issues once the service is over.
You want to make sure the mechanic is fine to answer any questions you have – even the ones that may seem like simple questions.
Also note if your mechanic reaches out to contact you. If they discover there are more repairs which need to be made, you want a mechanic that is willing to tell you about it before they make the changes, rather than just charging you for the extra services at the end.
Looking out for these signs will help you to find a good mechanic and get the best service possible.
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