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Some Points to Consider when Choosing a Mechanic for Your Car

By Rita McCall Subscribe to RSS | April 23rd 2012 | Views:
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Your car can be considered as an extension of yourself. Its color can reflect your personality, bumper stickers reveal a little bit of your humor, customized decals show your style and its model alone can say a lot about your lifestyle. The time, effort and money you’ve spent on your car make it a significant part of life. So when the time comes that it needs a repair, you wouldn’t leave it in the hands of an amateur, right?

For an automotive service, you can take your car to a San Diego car dealership that has service centers, an independent repair shop or an auto shop that specializes on the service that your car needs. In all of these places, there are mechanics and technicians ready to assess your car and recommend solutions. However, finding a mechanic you can trust can be hard. Some will seem eager to rip you off for cash while others appear genuinely concerned. But how will you know exactly? Here are a few tips and pointers that you should consider before choosing a mechanic:

Ask around and do your own research.

Word of mouth is the cheapest and oldest method of marketing. Ask relatives and friends about their experiences with local service centers. If a repair shop and its mechanics have a quick turnaround, fair charges and performs quality repairs, someone you know is bound to recommend them. You can also check the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) website for approved repair shops and the Better Business Bureau if there are any complaints filed against the service center you are considering.

Check for training and certification.

A certified San Diego mechanic needs to have attended training workshops and sessions to improve his knowledge for a specific type of car service such as collision repairs, engine repairs and brake work. This ensures that the mechanic has a deep understanding of your car’s problem and knows what he’s doing.

A good mechanic isn’t too eager to sell.

Although service centers make more money with more repairs to be done, a good mechanic San Diego residents can trust will not recommend unnecessary repairs for “potential” problems. He shouldn’t be too enthusiastic to present expensive repair options, but rather discuss possible solutions to fit your budget.

Choose the labor fee based on clock hours.

If the car repair is offered with a free oil change San Diego car owners might give in without asking too many questions. Make sure to compare prices of parts and labor charges. Some mechanics charge labor fees based on industry standards. Try to choose a mechanic who charges to actual clock time. For more information about how to choose a mechanic, you may visit wisegeek.com.

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