Here are a few tips to help you not get taken advantage of when getting your car serviced.
Try to use professionals as much as possible
Just because you don’t know anything about cars doesn’t mean someone else does. I have seen a few women fall victim to this. Your husband’s cousin could take a look at it but your car’s health is worth it so keep it to the professionals.
Ask for a new oil filter
You may not do the work but attempt to understand what is going on. If you don’t know where your oil filter is, ask where it is and remember the color. When the work is done, pop the hood and check to see if it is different.
The oil filter is well… a filter. It collects dirty and dust, which is harmful to your engine. Putting new oil in a car and having a dirty oil filter is useless. The filter will not be able to do its job because it’s already full.
Check your tires
Just because you brought tires that are rated at 60,000 miles doesn’t mean they will last that long. You are probably going to have to get new tires every year or two. The best thing you can do after purchasing them is to look at the tread. You should see no wear. If you do, someone sold you old tires. Not only is this unethical, this is dangerous. Normally used tires are not the same quality as new ones. Most used tires have been plugged or the tread is worn. This is not what you paid for.
Get your Car’s Safety Checks
Before you head out check your fluids, wear on your tires, and wiper blades. These are all easy thing you can do yourself. The better shape your car is in the better chance the mechanic will know YOU know what you are doing. I don’t think all car mechanics are out to get us but some are surely opportunistic. I have one ‘fill’ my car tires for me. Well he filled them up 10lbs too much. That will wear my tires down more. Naughty trick that made me NOT go back there and I let them know why.
There are things you should have the mechanic look at like your brakes and suspension safety check . These are things you probably can’t do yourself and I don’t know about you but I have precious cargo.
If you are Unhappy, Let the Mechanic Know
If you are unhappy with a mechanic’s service, do not hesitate to complain to them. Their response will gauge how much they want your business. If there is a problem after a repair, it is important to bring the car back and give them the chance to fix it. Too many people just become immediately disappointed or angry and take the car to a new mechanic. It also shows them they can not take advantage of you.
My biggest tip is to be educated. The more you know the more you know when the mechanics aren’t being straight with you.