October 21, 2015
4 Signs of a Slimy Mechanic
No matter the age of your vehicle, at some point it’s going to need repairs. To make this task a seamless and even enjoyable experience, here are four red flags you need to be on the lookout for when choosing a mechanic.
1. Unexpected Repairs
When you go to an auto repair shop to have one problem fixed only to be told there are several other issues that need to be addressed ASAP, you may be dealing with a greedy mechanic. It’s common for repair shops to try and upsell you on certain repairs and services, but if you are being offered repairs for issues that are unrelated to the problem you brought your car in for, you should start asking questions and looking for another repair shop.
2. Aggressive Response
Car repairs are not always as cheap as you’d like them to be, but that doesn’t mean you can’t question the mechanic or even the owner when you are quoted a price that seems to be astronomical. If the response you receive is overly aggressive, rude, or given in a “take it or leave it” attitude, then you need to take your car somewhere else for service. Your concerns and questions should be addressed properly to ensure you know what is going on with your vehicle and the services you are paying for.
3. Lack of Proper Credentials
If you come across a mechanic that prices their shop’s services significantly lower than every other shop has, that doesn’t mean you should choose them over those other shops. There’s a chance they lack the right credentials and certifications that dealer and repair shop mechanics have. Certifications are very important in the automotive repair industry. Repair shops that have the ASE, AAA, ASA, DEQ, and NAPA certifications should have them displayed in plain sight on their walls so that you know your vehicle is being worked on by professionals you can trust.
4. Blank or No Work Authorization Forms
Some unscrupulous vehicle repair professionals make their money off of misleading their customers and using the bait and switch routine by having customers sign blank work authorization forms. Some mechanics won’t even offer a work authorization form. This is done so they can inflate your repair bill and charge you for services or parts you don’t even need.
This is not an all-inclusive list of red flags you should be on the lookout for when choosing the right auto repair shop. It does, however, give you a general idea of what kind of mechanic you want to avoid. Do your research and shop around. No matter how serious your repair issues are, never leave yourself or your vehicle at the mercy of a slimy mechanic.