25 Aug 5 Handy Tips To Find a Reliable Mechanic
How to find a good mechanic
Servicing your car is an important part of keeping your “wheels” in good condition at all times. Regular servicing according to the manufacturer’s requirements should never be neglected. No matter how old your vehicle is.
A manufacturer’s service plan will take care of servicing and/or maintenance up to a certain mileage, or for a limited time period. But, at some point, you may need to go to a mechanic to service your vehicle. So how do you go about finding a reliable mechanic you can trust to keep your car running smoothly without incurring exorbitant costs?
1. Word of mouth is king
Speak to friends and family and find out where they take their vehicles for servicing. Chances are they’ll know a mechanic or service centre that has treated them, and their vehicle, – well. You’ll also find out where you definitely shouldn’t take your vehicle.
2. Is the mechanic registered and legitimate?
Any reliable and legitimate mechanic should be registered with the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI). You can use the RMI website to search for the mechanic or business and check whether they are registered and in good standing.
3. Assess the premises
While a spotless floor and clean hands would be nice, a true mechanic will be immersed in the running of their business and should be getting their hands dirty along with their technicians. The number of vehicles in their workshop and surrounds also speak volumes. Have the same cars been in the same spots for months or do jobs move through the shop regularly?
4. Check what warranties may be involved
Does the mechanic guarantee their work? If they know they are doing a good job with genuine parts, they should be happy to provide you with some sort of guarantee on their work. You should also benefit from any guarantees on the actual parts they have used.
5. Don’t let your first interaction be a major job
If it’s possible, try and ‘test’ the mechanic with something small like a minor service – oil change, new filters and spark plugs. If they can deliver on a small job like that and keep you happy, the chances are good that if one day you need them for a bigger job, they won’t disappoint. Ask them to hand over your old parts as well, so you have full satisfaction that the work has been carried out.
Take the time to find a reliable and reasonable mechanic to service your car and you will have found a friend for life. And don’t forget to tell friends and family about him – or her.