Never Get Ripped off by Your Mechanic

September 7, 2017

Nowadays it is hard to know if you are getting your money’s worth, especially when visiting a mechanic. For people who don’t have a big automotive background, it is hard to know whether your mechanic is pulling wool over your eyes. Luckily, we have some tips to ensure that you don’t get ripped off the next time you need your vehicle serviced.

Only Pay for What You Know Need, Not What Your Mechanic Say You Need!

The biggest thing that mechanics try to push on you is the frequency of services your car needs. They will often tell you to bring your car to their garage to get services like oil changes, tune-up, and brake pad replacement more often than your vehicle actually needs. Below we have some advice about how often your car should be serviced.

Oil Changes

Mechanics will often tell you that your oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles. However, if you have a newer model vehicle you can push this limit from about 5,000 to 7,500 miles. You can also save a ton of money by doing your own oil change.

Engine/ Air Conditioner Tune-ups

You mechanic may also tell you that your engine and air conditioner needs a tune-up regularly. However, there is no need to tune-up your engine unless your vehicle is having apparent problems or if the “Check engine light” is on. The same can be said for you’re A/C, if it is not working to your satisfaction then you should get a tune-up.

Basic Tune-ups

Basic tune-up (involving a change of oil/filter, air filter, fuel filter, spark plugs, and a fluid check) can be done by using your best judgement, just like the above. It is suggested that you get a basic tune-up based on the recommended mileage of the manufacturer.

Brake Pad Replacement

Despite what you have been told by your mechanic, changing your car’s brake pad is fairly simple. As long as you have a wheel lug wrench, basic wrenches, pliers, and a car jack you can replace your own brake pads.

 

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