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Hiring a Mechanic

Hiring a Mechanic

Chances are you are not one of the few that actually know about their vehicle’s inner workings. It is good to know how to find the right mechanic to keep your car running and in good shape. Here are a few tips you need to know when hiring a mechanic:

  • Customer Service
  • Quality of Parts
  • Diagnostics
  • Labor Practices
  • Tools and Resources

CUSTOMER SERVICE

You will want to find a mechanic that will sit down with you and talk you through the repairs that are needed, the urgency of each and the cost. He/She will ask you questions about your driving experiences and ask what concerns you may have. The good mechanics will be ASE Certified and should have a certification indicating what area(s) he is proficient in. Also look for the AAA Approved Auto Repair sign. Shops that are affiliated with AAR  must sign agreements to provide reliable and high-quality service and are guaranteed to be monitored closely for performance and customer satisfaction.

QUALITY OF PARTS

You will want to know whether the mechanic uses original equipment or high-quality aftermarket parts. The shop should sell you quality parts that last. If parts are too cheap, the will fail prematurely and will cost you more money in the long run.

DIAGNOSTICS

You mechanic should always give you a good reason for replacing a part. A confirmed diagnostics reading is a good place to start. A trustworthy mechanic will not recommend more parts than what are needed for the repair.

LABOR PRACTICES

Any good mechanic will work honestly and effectively to avoid big surprises on cost or time. Buildings, like cars, cost money to build and keep presentable. Accumulation of dirt or serious decay can suggest an attitude problem, although going to a more-expensive shop does not guarantee better service. Look for clean, orderly grounds and work areas with mechanics engaged purposely in their work.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

The best mechanic to hire would work in a shop that is equipped for a variety of diagnostic, maintenance and repair jobs. In addition to tools and equipment, they should posses access to professional service information and resources to do the job well.

HIRING A MECHANIC

The majority of mechanics are good people, but as we all know, every one has heard a wild story or two regarding car repair. ProSaver will allow you to research a list of local trustworthy mechanics that will provide the service you are looking for. With ProSaver you will be able to speak to a live advisor, read reviews and ratings, as well as get multiple quotes. Once you have chosen the mechanic for you, take a picture of the receipt and download it to ProSaver for a 5% cash back offer.