THE DOS AND DON’TS OF DEALING WITH YOUR AUTO MECHANIC
The average age of automobiles today is at an all-time high. Many car owners conscious about the cost of cars are prepared to keep and maintain their existing vehicle instead of trading them in for newer models. A lot of these car owners are also pushing forward necessary maintenance or repairs as a way of saving some money.
However, when you delay servicing or maintaining your vehicle, you’re not only engaging in a false way of saving money but you’re also putting the safety of your vehicle in jeopardy.
Most car experts believe that the best way to save some cash in relation to the life of your automobile is to select a repair shop that offers high-quality and full service or the service department of a dealer, and let them handle everything to do with maintaining and repairing your car. This will help prevent breakdowns and save you money by carrying out simple and smaller repairs now instead of dealing with a much bigger repair later down the track.
It’s not enough to have your car brought in for servicing – this is only part of the hurdle. It’s also important that you know the best way to deal with your auto technician so that you to get the best maintenance service possible and that your experience at a repair shop won’t be a sour one.
There are a lot of DOS and DON’TS when it comes to dealing with maintenance or repair auto mechanics. We summarize them below, and know that you will find them very helpful.
How you communicate with an auto mechanic will go a long way in determining how great the service will be that your car gets. The better you’re able to really tell your auto mechanic what the problem with your car is, the easier it will be for the technician to make an accurate diagnosis of what the problem is and have it fixed quickly.
A good idea is to write down in advance what you have noticed about your car. Note the specific sounds that it makes, the sensations, leakages, and abnormal smells, and when exactly they occurred, and how frequently they occurred. Anything of note that happened before your automobile stopped working and how it performed the day before your car broke down should also be written down. Also take note of the date when you last had your car serviced because some problems may be related to a previous repair.
Below is a list that that can help explain basic car symptoms. It can also be used as a checklist when taking your vehicle for repairs:
This is a sound similar to a gunshot. It comes from the tail pipe of the car or even the engine.
Bottoming: The harshness that you feel through the steering when you go over bumps.
Bucking: A hesitation in the engine or a slip in transmission as you change gears causing the car to lurch.
Dieseling: this happens when the engine keeps burning fuel and continues to run for a short while after being switched off.
Hesitation: Losing power briefly while accelerating.
Knocking: The rattling you hear when you accelerate.
Misfire: failure of the fuel in any of the cylinders in an engine to ignite appropriately.
Shimmy: side to side movement that you feel through the car tires/steering wheel.
Sluggish: the feeling you get when your car doesn’t accelerate smoothly
Surge: the sudden upward change in engine speed.
The mutually exclusive words in auto repairs are - fast, cheap, good. If you wish to get the best service for your vehicle, then prepare to leave it at the repair shop for much of the day and also be ready to pay the price for car parts and work time. Even if your car just requires little repair work, you must realize that other cars may have been there before yours so it would be wise to queue up. Enquire from the repair shop how long it would take to have your car fixed. Also, ensure that you inquire about the cost estimate and get a detailed breakdown before you veto the service.
•Be courteous - Keep your vehicle Neat
This only implies basic courtesy, and it can play a role in how quality the repair your gets will be. Keep your vehicle neat before taking it to a repair shop and ensure that you remove unnecessary items from the back seat and the car trunk such as golf clubs, hats, shoes, and so on. Your mechanic may have to get them out to be able to do his job, and this could weigh the car down to the point of having an effect on its performance.
Ensure that you leave a contact number at the repair shop so that you can be contacted. If a mechanic does not have your approval for a particular procedure, then your car will remain untouched for the period that you were not reachable. More so, you will need to be contacted to be informed when your vehicle is ready, and the total cost of the service before you go to pick up your car.
•Give the technician some space
A lot of mechanics do not like their customers hovering around and over them when doing their job. It is a good thing to take time to explain in detail the problem to your technician but do not hang around them as it could distract them, and it could also be dangerous. Instead, give them some space and use the waiting room and get some coffee while you wait.