When you’re sitting on the side of the road with steam rising from your engine, you don’t want to be there with no idea of who to call. Unfortunately, most of us have some idea of who to call when we’re broke down on the side of the road, because we’ve had a breakdown of some sort before. However, there are those times when you don’t know who to call, and you need a method that works for finding a mechanic who will know how to fix your vehicle, within a reasonable amount of time, at a price you can afford.
1. Understand what you’re looking for.
If you’ve been paying some attention to your vehicle, you should have a vague idea of what is wrong with your vehicle. Just as you would not consult a cardiologist for a broken toe, you won’t want to call an engine mechanic for a lost muffler.
2. Know your vehicle.
Most mechanics know something about the general care and repair of all vehicles, however, just because they know something doesn’t mean you want them to repair your vehicle. When looking for a mechanic, pay attention to the make of your vehicle. A mechanic that specializes in your particular vehicle make will be far more capable of repairing your vehicle, because they will be aware of the idiosyncrasies of your specific vehicle make. Don’t take your Ford to a Toyota Dealer for Quality Ford Care.
3. Have some Concept of Terminology.
In today’s world with all the specialized information available on the Internet, there’s no excuse for knowing nothing about your vehicle. When you appear at the garage and the mechanic is giving you options, it’s okay to trust a mechanic you know, but if this guy is new, you need to know enough about your vehicle to protect yourself from fraud. If in doubt, look it up.
4. Get referrals and references.
Referrals and references are important parts of the selection process. Be sure you ask for referrals from family and friends you trust who take good care of their vehicles. Get references from the mechanic and check them before you take your vehicle in for repairs.
5. Check Licensing and Certifications.
Ask for a check licensing and certifications. A document on the wall is indication of these qualifications, but it is important that you verify them. Check dates, view signatures, and look at resources, or contact dealerships and companies for verification if you doubt a certification or license.
Your vehicle is an investment in your personal transportation. Treat it with respect and dignity and it will serve you well.
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(c) 2007 - J Verhoeff