What to Ask Your Auto Repairman - Vol.4
Having to get your car repaired from time to time is something that we all end up experiencing if you own a vehicle. If we are found in such a situation, we simply are known to take the vehicle to the nearest garage and let the repairman see what is wrong with the vehicle. More often than not, whatever the mechanic has told us requires changing we will simply agree with it and let them get on with their job. Following such a procedure will end up costing you a fortune which is why it is very important that you ask the right questions when you visit any repairman. Below we have given you some tips that you should use whenever visiting an auto repairman.
The first mistake that all drivers fall into is simply settling down for the first repairman that they come across. Getting your vehicle fixed is like any other thing that you would go and buy in the market. The same way that you would look in other stores and compare prices to find the best possible deal, you should do the exact same thing when it comes to repairing your car. Go to a minimum of ten different garages and get a quote for the job that needs doing on your vehicle. Whenever you go to get your car repaired, there are always certain things that are necessary to be repaired and others that you can do without.
Seeing that we are faced with tough financial times, you want to make sure that you can save money wherever possible. This is the same case when it comes to having to repair your car. Whenever you visit an auto repairman, there are a few things that you would want to ask. Start off by mentioning what has happened; what makes you believe there is a problem in the first place. Is it an accident, something that you hit on the way back to work, or did it just randomly occur?
Give the repairman some time to do his diagnostic so that he can tell you for sure what is wrong with your vehicle. Now in most cases, if your vehicle has a part that needs changing, you will want to look for alternative options rather than buying a brand new one. Ask your repairman whether or not you can find the spare part from a scrap yard. Even though this may sound quite ridiculous, you will be surprised to see the amount of money that you can save this way. Cars that you find in scrap yards are mainly those that have been written off for some reason or the other. They are usually stacked up waiting to be destroyed.
If you require a spare part that would normally cost you a couple of hundred dollars, you would be better of simply visiting a local scrap yard with your repairman. Seeing that there are so many cars there, you should be able to find a car that has the part that you are looking for. If you find the part that you are looking for, at most you will be required to pay a couple of dollars for it. As a result you would have saved quite a lot of money.
Many repairmen will avoid recommending a visit to the scrap yard as many are known to make some sort of commission for referring you to a particular store to buy the brand new part. For this reason you will be better off going to a repairman that owns his own personal garage instead of going to a well known garage franchise.