5 Tips for Finding a Great Auto Repair Service

Author // NPR Car Talk
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Proper car maintenance makes a big difference in the performance of the vehicle. Gas mileage can be improved by as much as 40% when a major repair, such as fixing a damaged oxygen sensor, is performed. Even a regular tune up will result in an increase in fuel efficiency by about 4%. Keeping tires at the correct pressure and rotating your tires as recommended also helps with fuel efficiency. Having a good auto repair service is the first step to keeping your car well maintained.

Tips for finding a great auto repair service:

  1. Ask people you know for recommendations. Word of mouth is the best form of advertising because it is genuine. Some may give you ideas about places to avoid and that can be as valuable as telling you about good automotive service shops. Look online, too. Look at their website, check Yelp! and Facebook. Many localities have Facebook groups where people give their opinion about area businesses. Check those for your city. Angie?s List also has a great forum for recommendation for different industries.
  2. Ask the auto shop about their business. Get as much information from the auto repair service about their qualifications and certifications. How long have they been in business? Do they have satisfied customers you can talk to? Verify any certifications. A quality automotive service will be happy to give you this information.
  3. Find a quality automotive repair service before a crisis strikes. You really need to find an auto repair service you can trust before you need them. When your car breaks down, you need it fixed right away and you are not in the best position to shop around for an auto repair service and will most likely end up paying a lot more.
  4. Ask about price but do not makes you selection based solely on that. Price is important but it is not everything. People often assume the most expensive product or service is the best and that is not always the case. On the other side of that you should not necessarily go with the cheapest because that might end up costing you a lot more money if they did bad work that either does more damage or just needs to be redone. An auto repair service whose prices are somewhere in the middle may be your best bet. Trust your gut on this.
  5. Do not leave the shop without being totally clear on what is wrong and what they are doing. If something is wrong with your car, the mechanic may use a lot of terminology that you are not familiar with. Make them explain what is wrong with your car and how they plan to fix it in a way that you have a real understanding of what is going on and what you are paying for before you leave the car repair service. If they do not want to spend the time, that might be an indication that you need to take your business somewhere else.

If you are like most Americans, you love your car. Experts predict that the number of cars on the road will increase by about 5% to 260 million by 2018. Keeping your properly maintained, you will be able to use and enjoy it for a long time.

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