Car Maintenance And Repairs – A Driver Instructor Perspective

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Sitting behind the wheel of your car only to discover it won’t start is the worst. Just as aggravating is when a tyre is flat or your car has run out of petrol. Rather than deal with the inconvenience and high costs of car troubles after they happen, prevent problems before they occur. Sure, it’s reassuring to know you can rely on car services such as AAA or Budget Direct’s roadside assistance [1], but why not prevent your car from breaking down in the first place by taking the proper maintenance steps?

Simple maintenance, such as regularly checking the tyre pressure, ensuring you have adequate car insurance, keeping the car clean from excess dirt and clutter, and never running the car on an empty fuel tank, will prolong your vehicle’s lifespan. Regularly take your car to a reliable mechanic who is qualified to check the engine, brakes and other mechanical systems of your car. What deters you from routine car maintenance? Many drivers are hesitant to visit car repair shops for inspections and tune-ups because of the expensive repairs and replacements that they’ll recommend. Is this mechanic an expert? Is this an honest car repair shop?

By following a few simple guidelines and understanding general car repair, you can feel more confident while relying on a mechanic for your car repairs:

CHOOSE A CERTIFIED MECHANIC

ASE-certified mechanics are trained professionals who are qualified to perform car repair services. With ASE certification, a car-repair technician has undergone rigorous tests and
upholds years of relevant work experience. Identify ASE-certified technicians by their blue-and-white ASE-certified patches, which are worn on uniforms, according to AmericanWarrantyClub.com [2].

ASK FOR YOUR USED CAR PARTS

During a car part replacement, request to have the old car part returned to you. This ensures that the job has been completed and that new equipment has been installed.

GET A SECOND OPINION

While shopping around, ask for multiple quotes and speak to various mechanics. By gathering opinions from a variety of experts, you’ll gain a better understanding about how much work needs to be done to your vehicle and how much it should approximately cost. The bigger the repair, the more expensive it will be. Researching different opinions will help you make the safest and financially right choice.

GOOGLE IT

Drivers on online car forums [3] discuss previous work that’s been done to their car, mechanical issues and good and bad experiences with local repair shops. Prior to an inspective and agreeing to a service, research and communicate online. Using the Internet, you can understand the scope of work and learn about solutions that have worked for other drivers who share your same car troubles and concerns.

ASK FOR QUOTES IN WRITING

Request estimates and quotes [4] in writing and never issue a blank cheque before the work has been completed. By having the agreed price in writing, the mechanic is less able to change
the price when you come to collect the car. Also, insist they contact you for permission before doing any additional work.

SEEK RECOMMENDATIONS

Everyone’s had car maintenance and repair services. Ask friends, family members, and even co-workers for trustworthy mechanic and repair shop recommendations. Facebook pages and Twitter accounts are also a useful way for learning about a business’s reputation, credibility and reliability.