When your car breaks down, your first priority should be to get it up and running again. Being stuck with a car that doesn’t work can make transportation a challenge. That said, you can keep costs to a minimum. There are many basic repairs that you can do on your own.
Verify that any prospective mechanic has earned an A.S.E. certification. This certification means that the technician has passed a written test and has over 2 years of experience under his or her belt. This also means that you have an experience, knowledgeable repair person working on your car.
Ask the technician at the repair shop you are considering if they have done work on the same make and model of vehicle before. If they have, you should feel better about their ability to solve your problem.
Get your car washed often to keep rust at bay. When you keep your car clean, rust will be held back. Use a decent wax for protecting paint jobs as much as you can.
It is very important to keep records of all your auto repairs. If you have problems later, these records can come in handy. If you do not have the records, you might end up paying more for the mechanic to poke around trying to find the source of the trouble.
Test your car out after a repair has been done by a mechanic. Make sure it is operating correctly before full payment is made. Many people don’t take this crucial step and wind up plagued by the same issue that brought them to the shop in the first place.
Keep a spare tire and a jack with you all the time. Newer cars almost always have them. You do not want to stuck in the middle of nowhere and have to pay a ton of money for a tow. It is simpler and cheaper to do the work yourself.
The labor rate should be posted in your repair shop. If it is not, ask. Also ask the price of a repair, including parts. Some repair shops have details about their rates posted on the walls, but you should not hesitate to ask about rates if you do not see any information. Know where the estimated prices come from. Some shops have the repair times established by certain manufacturers. Minor repairs can be considered jobs that require a full day of work to some manufacturers.
Warranties serve an important purpose when your car is repaired, especially when you buy expensive parts. Ask the mechanic about the warranties on any parts he is replacing. Ask how long it lasts, and request a physical copy of the contract.
As advised, it need not cost you the earth to get your car fixed. You can easily solve minor problems by yourself. Use the tips you have just read to get back on the road right away.