Before locating a mechanic shop, determine the type of car care you need. For instance, shops that provide basic car maintenance (i.e. oil changes, tire rotations, etc) may not be equipped to handle repairs intended to fix major vehicular issues.
Furthermore, make sure you are familiar with your vehicle; having at least a basic understanding of how it functions. This will help you find legitimate mechanic shops and will help keep your mechanic honest about necessary repairs. You can easily learn about your vehicle by conducting various internet searches, or by reading the owner’s manual.
Will It Matter If My Car is Covered by a Warranty or Not?
Ultimately, it does not matter if your vehicle is or isn’t under warranty; you may service your vehicle where ever you would like. However, most manufacturers will require you to take your vehicle to a repair shop that uses legitimate and/or new parts for your specific vehicle; failing to do so may nullify your car’s warranty.
How To Locate a Trustworthy Mechanic Shop
While there is no single indicator of a good and/or trustworthy repair shop, there are some key attributes that reputable repair shops will likely have.
The Repair Shop Specializes in Your Vehicle Make and Model
Mechanic shops that specialize in your vehicle’s make and model will likely have access to updated education regarding the repairs of these vehicles. Furthermore, they will likely have access to the latest technology required to fix your vehicle.
The Repair Shop Ranks on AAA’s Approved Auto Repair Network List
The repair shops that ranking on this list must provide a 12 month/12,000-mile warranty on any repairs they perform on your vehicle. Additionally, you do not have to have a AAA membership to view this list.
The Repair Shop Services Big Business Fleets
If you find a shop that services taxis, delivery trucks, etc. they are likely highly reputable; as these vehicles must operate optimally at all times.
Your Family and Friends Recommend the Repair Shop
When looking for a reputable repair shop, ask those you trust who they would recommend; especially if they drive the same make and model as you.
The Repair Shop Has Several Good Online Reviews
Reading company reviews online can help you determine which auto repair shops to avoid, and which might be a good fit for you. You can also research the company on the Better Business Bureau’s website to uncover any major complaints lodged against them.
Start With a Small Repair Request
Once you have located a repair shop you would like to try out, begin small. For instance, take your car in for an oil change, or a tire rotation. Doing this can help you get a feel for the atmosphere, reliability, and legitimacy of the company.
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