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.