How to Find the Right Mechanic
One of the most important people you can have in your phone’s contact list is a trustworthy and reliable auto mechanic. There are many methods for finding a quality company that meets your needs, according to Consumer's Report. Following are a few things to keep in mind:
New Car Owners
If you own a new vehicle, you may have a warranty that will cover necessary mechanical work. Issues that can arise may also be covered by Manufacturers' Recalls. which are usually fully paid for by the manufacturer at a dealership. Make sure to check with the dealership you purchased your vehicle from before seeking an outside mechanic. Warning: If you let anyone other than a certified mechanic at the dealership work on your vehicle, you may void the manufacturer’s warranty! Of course, if the vehicle isn’t under warranty, this doesn’t apply.
Some people will only take their vehicles, new or used, to a certified "brand x" dealership mechanic. Just understand that those who do, if it isn’t “warranty work,” will pay excessive amounts for name branding. Don’t be afraid to call around for pricing! Normally, your local certified mechanic will warranty their work and beat the price offered by the dealership mechanic, by a significant amount.
If you own a used vehicle, time dictates that you will need to make a trip to an auto mechanic shop for regular maintenance or some sort of repairs. One of the best ways to find a good, trustworthy mechanic in your area is to ask friends and family members where they take their vehicles. Referrals are key! You may also want to check with the Better Business Bureau and ensure there aren’t any complaints that negatively affect their rating. Another tool is to use business rating sites, such as Angie's List. It may cost you a little bit to join such a site, but the potential savings you realize by not going to a terrible mechanic may be worth the upfront cost.
Once you think you have found a reputable mechanic, consider the following too:
How far away is the shop from you?
Does the mechanic work on your make and model of vehicle, and will they warranty their work?
Will they work with your insurance company, if applicable
What are their hours of operation?
Do they provide transportation for you if your vehicle needs to be at the shop for more than a few hours? Loaner Vehicles or a shuttle?
What are their policies, such as do their accept credit cards or checks?
Does your mechanic shop have a comfortable place for you to wait?
Will they provide you with a written estimate?
When can they get started?
Do they offer additional services, such as body shop work?
We hope this helps you determine who to take your vehicle to in the years to come. Of course, we here at J & J Auto Inc. think everyone should come to us, but we are a bit biased! J & J Auto, near Mt. Pleasant, MI, offers warranties and works with all insurance companies. We have a fleet of loaner cars, provide both mechanical and collision services, and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Also, we are woman friendly: The owner’s wife usually works behind the counter as you walk in the door!
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