Auto Mechanic Checklist
December 29, 2011
Start shopping for a repair facility before you need one.
Ask friends, coworkers and family members for the names of mechanics that they use.
Be sure to find out about any bad experiences with certain mechanics.
Talk to people who have cars similar to yours, if you are new to an area.
Make sure the mechanic you’ve chosen services your type of car.
Check with your local consumer organization regarding the reputation of the shop in question.
Check the warranty on the repair work before leaving the car at the shop.
Find out what the shop’s hours are.
At the Shop
Check if the parking lot is clean and neat.
Look into the service bays – is the floor clean, or is it cluttered with rags, scattered tools and debris?
Check if the mechanics all have well-kept uniforms.
Check if the displays are neat and informative
Look on the walls inside for certificates showing training courses that their mechanics and associates have been through.
Take a look at mechanic’s toolbox, and its condition.
Take your time, and let the mechanic give your vehicle a thorough once-over.
Ask for a full explanation of what is going to be done to the car.
Talk to the mechanic, ask questions and request to see the old parts when they are removed.
When in doubt, go back to the dealership.
Bring your car into the shop for small stuff like oil changes and brake checks to develop a relationship.
Don’t choose a shop based solely on price.
If you have had indications that there is something wrong with your car, be prepared to express these symptoms.
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