If you’re not a gearhead, trips to the auto repair shop can be a stressful event. As foreign terms are thrown out like “bearings,” “clutches,” and “pistols,” and the smell of oil and brake lubricant fill your nostrils, you may start to feel overwhelmed.
This may be the point where the mechanic offers to replace your blinker fluid for $150.00 and you agree…
If this happened to you, don’t feel bad! Shady mechanics exist all over the US and can be extremely convincing! To help give you peace of mind on your next trip to the auto shop, follow Smith Chevy Warranty’s 5 tips to determine if the auto mechanic is ripping you off.
With over 30 years of experience in the auto industry helping drivers receive GMPPs, Smith Chevy is here to help you beat the scams!
Got a Bad Reputation?
Bad reputations are only okay if you’re Joan Jett! If the word around town is that an auto repair shop is shady, they probably are! Before visiting a repair shop, read reviews on Google, Yelp, or Bing. Pay attention to reviews that mention price and job quality to look for red flags.
Where’s Your Old Part?
Before beginning any repairs, tell the mechanic that you would like to keep the old part. By doing this, the mechanic can’t lie and tell you that he replaced your part without actually doing so. This also ensures that they do not hold onto the part to sell for scraps or use in another vehicle for an unsuspecting customer!
Ever been caught in a lie and can’t find the words to express yourself? We bet you sounded vague or maybe tried to change the subject…
Well guess what.
If your auto mechanic is doing the same when you ask a question, they may be trying to swindle you. Your auto mechanic should always be willing to explain exactly what is wrong with your vehicle and how they intend on solving the issue.
Never tolerate shady answers or dodged questions!
My Repair Will Take How Long?
Before agreeing to a repair, look up the average time it should take to complete that repair. If an auto shop is grossly overestimating the amount of time it will take, chances are they are trying to upcharge you on labor hours.
On the other hand, if the repair is estimated to take half the time it normally should, the auto shop may be ripping you off by completing a poor job…hoping they get to have you back in the shop when their “fix” ultimately needs fixed again.
Horrible Customer Service
If an auto mechanic is rude, inconsistent, or seems rushed, don’t expect to get a fair estimate on your car repair. Instead, go somewhere that has solid reviews and mechanics that want to help you solve your issue!
Fed Up? We Are Too
Trips to the mechanic can always be unpredictable, especially if you don’t eat, breathe, and sleep cars—but it doesn’t have to be.
Have you tried protecting your vehicle with an extended warranty, like a GMPP? With a GMPP, you get protection from costly repairs to your vehicle’s powertrain and access to repairs at any certified GM dealership across the US! This means only licensed technicians will be handling your car—no more shady repair shops!
To see how a GMPP can save you money, contact Smith Chevy Warranty at (866) 495-6123!