A photo of a car at the mechanic

Over the last few years, cars have become more and more technologically advanced, and manufacturers are making it harder for ordinary people to perform repairs. The parts have gotten smaller, and the specialty equipment is more sensitive as well. For this reason, most people are inclined to have an experienced mechanic work on their vehicle to ensure that the job is done correctly.

That being said, there are still some things that you should take into consideration before bringing your vehicle into a repair shop. Here are the top five things to keep in mind.

Check Online Reviews

Every business these days has some sort of review page on their Google listing or other websites. Your car might be one of your most prized possessions, so it’s essential that you’re placing it in trusted hands. Read a few of the reviews, and if they are mostly positive, it’s a safe bet that the shop is trustworthy.

Always Get the Estimate in Writing

Just as in any service business, it isn’t out of the ordinary for the costs to get out of hand. To avoid this, we recommend that you always get the estimate of the costs to repair the vehicle in writing. To avoid the costs going way above the initial evaluation, you can ask that if the costs exceed more than 10% of the estimate, they will need your authorization.

Seek Second Opinions

If the repair isn’t extremely time-sensitive, take the time to shop around to different shops to compare prices. Because some repairs will require significant diagnostic work to get to the heart of the issue, we recommend comparing prices of the parts and labor only.

Price Isn’t the Only Factor

It can be easy to fall into the trap of going with the cheapest option available. That being said, when it comes to repairing your vehicle, you want to make sure that you’re working with professionals with the care and experience necessary to tackle the problem correctly. Going with the cheapest option and having shoddy repair work done to your car will only cost you most in the long run when you have to get the same repair done again.

Make Sure They’re Speaking Your Language

When it comes to repairs done to your vehicle, you want to ensure that you understand exactly what will need to be fixed. Mechanics are known for getting a little too complicated when explaining things. Because we deal with cars every day and we have a genuine interest in cars, we forget that not everyone knows what a carburetor or even a spark plug is. Make sure that they’re speaking your language and don’t be afraid to ask the mechanics to simplify the information. Chances are, they’d be more than happy to fill you in on the exact specifications of the repair job.

Bring Your Vehicle to The Professionals

Need repairs done right the first time around? Bring your vehicle to the experts at Clutch Auto Repair for all of your repair and maintenance needs! We’ll ensure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape for the road ahead.


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