It’s the oldest trick in the book: an unscrupulous mechanic or auto-body shop takes advantage of your woeful lack of knowledge about the way your vehicle operates and charges you an exorbitant amount for an easy fix.
Or even worse, they never even do that easy fix, take your money, and your car is stuck with the same problem that’s been plaguing you for the past few weeks. So you bring your car back and receive yet another charge for another problem.
You keep dumping money into the vehicle with nothing to show for it except an empty bank account and no reliable whip to drive around town. But thanks to the evolution of the internet, finding out what’s wrong with your vehicle is a little easier than it was before. That doesn’t mean mechanics still won’t try to rip you off, but you can help stay ahead of the curve by listening to the advice in this handy-dandy AskReddit thread.
Print this out to keep in your car.
Ask to see the issue.
Beware of up-sellers.
Check your air filter before an oil-change.
Reviews aren’t everything.
You can’t trust anybody.
Test a mechanic first.
Insurance person coming in clutch.
If you own a car, then these basics will help.
Even more evidence to find a good local shop.
National chains are usually the devil.
The Dad approach.
Check your fluid levels.
Alarmism isn’t a good sign.
Just like a good barber, find yourself a good technician.
Little tip from a Dodge and Toyota tech.
Google weird lingo…