Have you ever thought of an auto repair shop? You took your car for a simple change of oil, only to tell you that you needed an extra expensive job. Every day, people benefit. It is estimated that nine out of ten women think that they are targeted because of their gender.
Counter-attack! Here are some tips to help you.
1. Do your homework. Do a check in advance by reading a maintenance guide for your make and model. You will discover some basic repairs so you can find out what questions to ask the mechanic.
2. Use your senses. When you describe the problem of your car to your mechanic, use your senses. Say how the car "seems" to you or if you have heard some abnormal sounds. This allows him to know that you have paid attention to the needs of your car.
3. Check your warranty. Be careful not to pay too much for your car repair needs. Check with your car dealer that your repairs are not covered by a warranty. If you choose to take your car to an independent company, the parts may be covered by the warranty, but you will probably have to pay for the actual cost of the repair.
4. Get a second opinion. If you still do not know if you are taken into account, do not hesitate to ask for a second opinion. And for the sake of God, do not tell the second mechanic what the first mechanic said he was wrong with your car. Wait for the diagnosis of the second and how much it will cost.
5. Ask to see the room. If you still feel uncomfortable, you can always ask to see the room, where it is exactly in the car and why it thinks it should be replaced. And have them show you the old part once the replacement is done.
6. Run away. If you feel pressure from the auto repair shop to get your car repaired for things you did not know well, move away as quickly as possible. Your common sense and your intuition will often be your two best friends in these situations.
A good honest mechanic will be certified and licensed, will have a clean garage and communicative employees able to look you in the eye. Two other important points to look for are a written estimate for all the work to be done and, once the work is done, a full bill showing the cost of parts and labor.
None of us was born with the knowledge of the operation of our automobiles. We just want them to bring us safely to our destination. But it behooves us to be as familiar as possible. In this way, when an unscrupulous car repairman crosses our path, we will be able to turn away from it as quickly as possible.