What Your Mechanic Will Never Tell You

There are some great mechanics out there, and they are often honest with their customers. They guide them toward the cheapest possible options, and build a positive reputation for themselves.

Unfortunately, as with most aspects of life, there are plenty of car mechanics who are looking to take advantage of people, and unnecessarily increase sales at their customer’s expense. Here are some ways that shady mechanics might try to trick you:

  • Be mindful of any tactics are the used to scare you, such as telling you that you shouldn’t drive your car even one more mile. This might often be true, but it should at least make you a little suspicious.
  • It’s okay to ask for credentials. No one expects you to do business with someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. Good mechanics should be happy to prove just how good they are, with real credentials.
  • You shouldn’t sign authorization forms that are blank. If you are going to sign anything, make sure that it details the exact work that’s going to be carried out. Sometimes unexpected problems arise, but you can have another form written out before more work is done.
  • Good mechanics do use “fancy” equipment. If you need to have your engine looked at, don’t take it to a place that doesn’t have a proper analysis machine.
  • If you’ve already had one mechanic give you a quote, you don’t need to tell the next mechanic what it is. You’re allowed to shop around, and you don’t have to share your findings.

 

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How to Deal With a Car Crash

Most people are lucky enough to never experience any sort of serious car crash. However, if you were to be involved in an accident, would you actually know what to do? Taking the wrong actions could be the difference between life and death. Here are some tips that will help to prepare you, should the unthinkable ever happen.

Stop Your Car

After you have an accident, even if it’s just a small bump – don’t just drive away. You should use the hazard lights on your car, or your headlights, so that you can let other drivers know that there has been an accident. Using your headlights can also create some light, so that the area is more safe.

Leave People Where They Are

Your first reaction to an injured person might be to try and get them out of the car. While you should help people who have been hurt, you should never attempt to move an injured person after a car crash. If someone is actually in danger, and they must be moved, try to support any broken limbs, and make sure that you don’t twist their neck or back.

If someone is wearing a crash helmet, you shouldn’t remove it. You can lift their visor, but don’t take the helmet off unless they stop breathing, or start to vomit. If you must remove someone’s helmet after a crash, get someone else to give their head and neck support, so that you can lift the helmet gently.

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