Before purchasing a vehicle, most of us will put a fair amount of effort into deciding what we want. We will look at sizes, types, models, brands, mileage, overall cost, operating costs, and even square footage in the trunk. Beyond the specs of your vehicle, however, many of us don’t know much about the inner workings of our cars. For those things, we rely on auto repair shops to keep our cars in good working order. However, if you get stuck with a bad auto repair shop, you could end up with more than a hefty bill! We have come up with a few ways that you can spot a lemon of an auto repair shop:
- They operate on high-pressure. There are plenty of mechanics out there who know you don’t know much about cars, and they use that to their advantage. If you visit a mechanic for a simple fix or service and are feeling immense pressure for other services or other things that suddenly need to be repaired, go somewhere else.
- They won’t show you broken parts. It’s a common scenario- you take your car in to discover the source of a noise and the mechanic finds the source, plus 3 or 4 other things that need immediate attention. Ask them to point out the areas that need repair. If they won’t, chances are they’re just padding their bill.
- Repairs drag on. One of the largest parts of a mechanic bill is the labor cost. If your car is taking much, much longer to be repaired than the initial time quoted, they might just be adding additional labor hours to your overall cost.
Finding and developing a relationship with an honest auto repair shop is crucial to your budget and your car. Come see us at Webber Offroad & Performance if you’re tired of dealing with lemon auto repair shops and are ready for quality mechanics!