Your car is making a funny noise in the engine, or it just broke down. Whether it’s your first time or your previous mechanic isn’t doing a good job anymore, finding the right person to fix your car can be quite the task. It is, however, vital to do so before anything happens. Calling a personal injury lawyer Vancouver BC if you get into a car accident will be more costly than getting your car serviced. Here are a few tips on how to go about it.
Ask your savvy friends
We all have that one person who has had the same car for years and still runs well. There’s also the one with the latest gadgets in his vehicle and his car never seems to break down. These are the people to ask. It is likely that you won’t be disappointed
Ask your networks
Take a poll of people around you- friends, family, colleagues, neighbors or anyone with a car- why their mechanic or where they go to get their car fixed. If the same person or business keeps coming up, then you might have found your next car repair shop.
Where do big business fleets go for service?
Have you ever looked at a business-owned car and ask yourself how it’s still running? It could be a delivery van, government vehicles or company car, whatever the case, find out who does the maintenance car. You might have to part with quite a bit give the mechanic is used to big clients, but it would be well worth it. The best people to ask are the drivers. Spark a friendly conversation with them to find out.
Do an online search
This may be a bit tricky, but with a checklist, you should be able to find what you’re looking for. You can check mechanic reviews or even look up those who have been recommended to you. An excellent place to start as well is looking for someone from the AAA-Approved Auto Repair Network, the ASE and Manufacturer-Certified Shops or the Better Business Bureau.
Interview the prospective mechanic
Some of the questions are to ask is their years of experience, if they guarantee their work and what they offer, if the mechanics are ASE-certified and what type of training they have, the kind of parts they have, estimated fee, payment policies among other things. If you’re not car savvy, take someone with you who can ask the right questions.
Ask for the documentation
Each step of the transaction needs to be documented. A trustworthy document should contain your initial concern, a written report of the inspection, estimates before work starts, the parts that will be used (they have to specify if they are new, used, remanufactured or rebuilt), the labor fee, taxes, and the total fee. Get printed warranties or attached to the invoice. Look into their return policy as well.
Do it soon
Don’t wait for your car to break down to get a mechanic. When you note any changes in the engine, the breaks, how your wheel runs, etc. find someone to fix the problem. Better yet, get someone before the problems start to be servicing your vehicle.