How to Find an Affordable, Reliable, and Trustworthy Mechanic
They say that two things in life are certain: Death and Taxes. But we believe a third item should be added to that list: Car Repairs. It doesn’t matter what make or model you drive or how well you take care of your vehicle, car repairs are inevitable. It’s just the way vehicles these days were built… they won’t last forever.
Now before you start moaning and groaning, assuming this article is going to focused on stories from the “good ole days” when things were “built to last forever”, let me shake that notion from your minds right here. First off, I am not even considered old enough to experience these days of yore, and I have dealt with car issues my entire life. It’s true that automobiles are not built like they once were, but we also don’t drive, take care of, or fix them ourselves like we used to either.
Many of us, myself included, can perform basic maintenance by ourselves. Some of the more advanced fixer-uppers also have the ability to troubleshoot a problem when it occurs. But unless we have the proper education or experience with these vehicular issues, fixing it ourselves could just lead to more problems. And as much as we all hate doing so, sometimes it is necessary to bring the vehicle to a repair shop.
For me, when I have a serious issue with my car, finding a mechanic to fix it is never a serious issue. A friend of mine that I have known for 10+ years has been an ASE certified mechanic for years and is always there if I have an issue that surpasses my knowledge. But for those of you that don’t have a friend to rely on, finding the right mechanic can be a tough problem to solve.
When people ask for my recommendation, I always say that your mechanic should be a work of A.R.T. This means that your go-to guy… or girl (Hey, it’s 2014, people!) should always be affordable, reliable, and trustworthy.
To find the right service provider for you, I suggest you shop around. Make a list of labor rates and compare them. The last thing you need is somebody that will be working on your car for an extended period of time that’s charging you by the hour that’s twice what you could be paying down the road.
Pro Tip: After shopping around for labor rates, be sure to get a time estimate on the service you need. That money you saved on the hourly labor rate could mean nothing if a specialist takes twice as long to do the job.
When your vehicle has broken down or has an issue, it can completely cripple your professional and personal life. Not having your vehicle in working order means you’re unable to get to work or take that out-of-state road trip you and your buddies have been planning. Having a reliable mechanic means that when you have a problem, your repair person can get you into the shop in a timely manner and back on the road before you know it.
Pro Tip: Confirm a time and date when all necessary repairs will be finished by. If possible get this estimate in writing to confirm that all work should be done, it might help you with the final cost if the repair window is passed.
Finding someone you can trust to work on your car sort of goes hand in hand with reliability and affordability. Of course you wouldn’t trust someone who over charges or avoids your service, but some of us have experienced a technician that will out-right lie to us in an attempt to make money. The worst part is, if you can’t trust a specialist not to lie to you, how can you trust their work or that they are actually performing what they are invoicing you for?
Pro Tip: Once a rapport has been has been established with your mechanic or service shop, ask if you can find your own parts for repairs and have your mechanic just assemble and install them. Popular sites like CarParts.com and even Craigslist are great ways to find discount parts.
Of course, finding a mechanic is only an issue if you don’t have any warranty coverage. But with Endurance vehicle protection, we pay for all parts, labor, and taxes as well as assist you in finding an A.R.T. mechanic near you. Call us today to get a free quote and come back to the world of worry-free driving.
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Alex has worked in the automotive service industry for over 20 years. After graduating from one of the country’s top technical schools, he worked as a technician achieving a Master Technician certification. He also has experience as a service advisor and service manager. Read more about Alex.