Your mechanic knows a lot more about fixing cars than you probably do. This is why it is easy for some of them to hide some vital secrets from you, secrets that could help you take proper care of your car. After all, you would not need a mechanic f your car works fine. Here are some secrets a mechanic would not tell you:
HOW EASY SOME REPAIRS ARE
Some repairs and maintenance procedures are easy to do yourself. Depending on what car you drive, you don’t need a mechanic to change your oil or spark plugs. However, if you are not comfortable with doing this on your own, by all means call a mechanic.
WHICH CARS ARE RELIABLE
Your mechanic would most likely prefer that you drove a shitty car, so that you can always bring it in for repairs. The most reliable cars rarely enter the auto workshop, except for routine maintenance. Therefore, when a mechanic recommends a car to you, take it with a grain of salt. To find out which cars are more reliable, go online and look for other owners’ experiences.
SOME GARAGES ARE LESS EXPENSIVE THAN OTHERS
Dealers are usually the most expensive, followed by the chain garages, followed by the smaller garages. Some of these establishments might not have the latest diagnostic tools, but they ca perform most maintenance jobs and many other repairs. Now why would a mechanic pint you to someone that can do his job for a smaller fee?
THE TRUE PRICE OF CAR PARTS
Some garages get a percentage of auto parts sales. Some others simply have a partner in the parts business who they try to support. But you are not likely to know the true cost of any spare part by asking a mechanic. It’s entirely possible that you can get the same part from elsewhere for less.
HOW THE “BOOK TIME” FOR REPAIRS WORKS
Ther are guides that explain how long a repair should take, specific to your car and problem. Some garages use these guides to charge a “flat rate” for repairs, no matter how long the actual repair takes. This might work sometimes for the customer, though.
THAT THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO FIX YOUR PROBLEM
A lot of mechanics boast of knowing everything about cars. You would not want to argue with them, since you need repairs done on your car. However, some mechanics are better than others. Nevertheless, even the best get stumped sometimes, especially if they don’t have access to proper diagnostic equipment or repair manuals. That’s when they start trying everything within reach, which could be dangerous. As a matter of fact, there are websites that explain how solve many problems that may elude some mechanics.
SOME REPAIRS HAVE WORKAROUNDS OR ARE OPTIONAL
Some repairs are a must for your car. However, there are some that you can do without, and you can actually drive safely without them.
HOW YOUR CAR WORKS
If you know the parts of your car and what they do, you will be better able to tell when the mechanic is trying to scam you. Just a basic understanding is sufficient. You should research the problem on the internet, and the suggested repair. You might even be able to do it yourself.