Are you familiar with this make and model?
It doesn’t matter whether you drive a busted old jalopy or a late-model sports car: a mechanic who knows your car like an old friend will likely save you a lot of time, money, and headaches. Of course, if you take your car to the dealership for service, this shouldn’t be an issue—but unless the car’s still under warranty, why would you do that? Independent mechanics charge a fraction of dealership prices, and since their reputations truly depend on the quality and value of their work, the best “indies” are as good as car technicians get. Just make sure you choose one who specializes in cars like yours.
Are you clear on why I brought my vehicle in?
What’s your hourly rate?
If it’s your first time working with a mechanic, don’t forget to ask this one. You might think we stole it from Captain Obvious, but trust us: after-the-fact sticker shock is a common malady in automotive repair. Sometimes people don’t realize how high rates can go. Don’t feel bad about getting this element established early on.
Will you charge to diagnose the problem? If so, how much?
Troubleshooting usually takes time, and many mechanics are understandably unwilling to work for free. Our advice is simply to confirm the diagnostic fee up front to avoid any surprise after the work has been completed. The mechanic should be able to estimate the time involved and give you a quote. If he refuses to do so, he’s basically asking for a blank check, so consider taking your business elsewhere. Indeed, it’s generally illegal for mechanics to withhold an estimate, even for diagnosis, so that would be a major red flag.
Do you understand what I need?
These may not be the exact words you’ll use, but they get at a very important aspect of the car-repair process. You’ll want to make sure that the mechanic you’re dealing with is a good match for you and your car ownership style. For example, what makes some mechanics great is their obsessive attention to detail, but does that mean they’ll tell you to replace five worn parts when only one really matters? Conversely, some mechanics are legendary for their low prices, but does that mean they care more about keeping costs down than doing right by your ride? It’s hard to know without actually having the mechanic do some work for you, but we still recommend having a little heart-to-heart before you sign off on that first repair estimate.
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