There’s a few things you should know before getting your oil change that will help you in choosing the right mechanic. The stickers are often printed with a more recent mileage than you actually need to get your oil changed at, so you’ll go more frequently and spend more money. If you seem like someone who doesn’t know much about cars, they will try to tell you your car only takes the most expensive type of oil and, without knowing any better, who are you to argue? Save yourself the hassle and read this article, don’t let the mechanics pull one over on you.
Know your car
Learn what is recommended for your car like specific fluids will work right for your car, what type of break pads they recommend, etc. By being informed about what your car uses, you can ensure you won’t get ripped off by the mechanic. Plus, if you do enough research, you may find you can do a lot of it yourself and not even have to worry about a mechanic. Learning about your car is crucial to not being ripped off by a mechanic.
Don’t just take the mechanic’s word for it
As I said before, mechanics can be tricky to try to get more money out of you. Shop around a little, do research before just accepting what the mechanic says to be true, and get a second opinion from another mechanic. You can also call around for prices or check the internet for company reviews and pricing details. This can help you ensure you’re getting the best deal. Internet research and getting a second opinion can also help ensure you aren’t told you need more work done to your car than you actually do.
Smaller shops tend to be more trustworthy
Local and small businesses can’t really afford to besmirch their good names by taking the risk of misleading a customer to try to get more money out of them in a visit. Their business survives on repeat customers and word of mouth, taking that kind of risk could ruin them. That being said, they tend to be more trustworthy. They’re less like you to rip you off for more money in one visit because they need your long-term business more than the more money from the one stop.
Before you get your oil changed, you should do some research on your car. You should keep in mind that you can’t trust everything a mechanic says; sometimes you need a second opinion to be sure you aren’t being ripped off. As long as you keep these few tips in mind, you can trust you won’t be taken advantage of.