Before walking into an automotive repair shop, it is important to have some documents of any previous services that have been done to your vehicle. Make sure to neatly organize all invoices of oil changes and major repairs to any part of your car. Bring such paperwork to the auto garage to prevent any extra services that are not truly needed. Additionally, a copy of the most recent annual inspection can also be helpful for a visit to an auto shop.
Typical protocol dictates that mechanics should do free checkups and diagnostic tests to determine any problems in your car. Never agree to pay for any work until receiving an accurate estimate of all of the charges. Be sure to carefully review the hourly labor rates along with prices of the replacement parts. Additionally, request proof that the replacement parts are new and original from the manufacturers. Some mechanics might try to use universal parts that are not directly from the factories of your vehicle manufacturer. Do not hesitate to ask about any additional fees that might be charged for waste disposal and other similar activities as mandated by automotive repair facilities.
Sometimes, mechanics might run off the appropriate parts and accessories to complete the repair of your vehicle. You might be told to wait an additional hour or so while the appropriate parts arrive. Make sure you’re not charged for the waiting time since any actual labor is performed to the vehicle. After picking up the car, ask for any warranties on the repairs and parts. Most auto shops will void their repairs if any other service is performed in other locations. Additionally, the duration of a warranty on labor is much shorter than a warranty on parts. For example, there might only be 30 days for you to bring in the vehicle for another additional service due to poor workmanship.