I have had many colleagues tell me that they have been burned when it comes to auto repair. There are many honest people out there, but there are also some who will take advantage of you if they know you have no idea about what might be wrong with your vehicle. If they sense you don’t know the difference between a carburator and a spark plug, they may try to take advantage of you, and you may never know they cheated you. This is why you need to find a good shop for auto repair and then go to them every time something is wrong with your vehicle.
I am fortunate because I have a cousin who owns a garage. I know he will be honest with me. He even gives me a break on some of my repair bills. However, not everyone is this lucky and if you have no idea what is going on under the hood of your car, you have no idea if you are being ripped off, or if someone is telling you that you need repairs that you don’t really need.
If you have no idea, and really feel like a dunderhead, ask friends and relatives where they go and who they trust. Unless you live in the middle of a large city, chances are good that almost everyone you know uses a car or even a truck. They may be very happy to suggest someone for auto repair who they trust and go to every time they need something. You can also ask around at work, and if your company has its own fleet of automobiles, you can use the same company for auto repair that they do.
If you still don’t know what to do, and something goes wrong with your auto, take it in and request for an estimate. Tell them to provide you a price on auto repair, but don’t let them do anything until you have been told what is wrong, and how much it might cost. An estimate should be close to what you will be actually billed. If you are happy with what you hear, tell them to proceed with the auto repair, but tell them they can only do what they have told you in the estimate. If something else pops up, they should phone you before they touch it. However, if they do it on their own, you have every right to be suspicious.
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