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Expert Advice About Auto Repair That Can Really Help You!

TIP! Prior to having your car repaired, ask how much you will have to pay. If something is unclear, have the mechanic or service counter rep clarify it for you before any work is done on the car.

Have you ever wondered how you could better handle the situations that arise concerning your vehicle? How can you repair it on your own? Maybe some better knowledge about choosing a good mechanic is for you. Continue on if you would like a little more information regarding these choices.

TIP! Test out your car before paying for its repairs. If you don’t do this, it’s possible that the problem isn’t even fixed.

Do not underestimate the importance of having an emergency kit in your car. You need tools to change a flat tire, charge a battery, and you must have spare gas. It is also wise to include a flashlight, some fresh batteries and a blanket in case your vehicle breaks down in cold weather or at night.

Do not hire a mechanic until you are sure they have experience with this particular make and model. If the answer is yes, that’s a very good thing.

TIP! Have you noticed that your headlights aren’t shining very brightly? If so, ensure you are cleaning them regularly. Sometimes the road’s greasy residue can get on a light and reduce the output of light.

You should keep your car’s records in a handy location. The glove compartment is a good place to keep these records. Auto service experts may need to refer to them. They will be able to find the problem easier and faster.

TIP! It is a good idea to keep a small set of tools in the back of your car for minor repairs on the road. You need basic tools like a tire changing kit, and you also need other equipment.

Use the Internet to find reviews on an auto repair shop. These reviews can give you a good idea of the satisfaction that the customers had. Use this information to choose a good shop.

TIP! A mechanic who has his own shop is worth considering. For basic repairs they can charge far less and you both can be happy.

Before paying an auto repair shop for work done to your car, take it for a test drive to see if it is working properly. A lot of people don’t try to drive their car first and they figure out the hard way that it wasn’t repaired later on.

Car Repairs

TIP! A dealer is not your only option when car repairs are necessary. There are quite a few mechanics out there, whether you get your car into one of them or do things at home yourself there are many options.

Do not believe that you are stuck with not knowing anything about car repairs. Use the tips here to handle some simpler jobs yourself, and to better pick a good mechanic when you need their services. Hopefully, you now see the benefits of taking care of your car repairs quickly.

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Ask A Mechanic: Wading Through The Mess Of Car Repair Prices And Auto Repair Estimates

Ask A Mechanic: Wading Through The Mess Of Car Repair Prices And Auto Repair Estimates

If you were handed an estimate to replace a water pump on your car, would you know if the price was fair? Could you trust the price? How about for a tie rod end, mass air flow sensor, or an evaporative emissions sensor?

Most of us don’t know what these are, never mind the price. Yet it is components such as these that are commonly used to over charge you, the car repair customer.

We no longer live in an age of trust, so how do we ensure that our auto repair costs are legitimate.

How many times have you suspected that you paid too much, but couldn’t prove it? How many times did the price seem exorbitant for even simple repairs?

To illustrate just how “At Risk” the everyday auto repair customer is to excessive car repair prices, here’s a recent real life example from a “reputable…?” dealer.

A client brought her Audi to an authorized Audi dealership for a standard timing belt maintenance service.

The price for this service averages $1575 at the dealership level, (including pulleys, water pump…etc) and about $1275 at the independent repair shop level.

Yet the woman left the dealer with a bill for $2025.68.

What happened?

According to the repair order, there were no abnormal circumstances, no problems noted by the technician such as rust or any other extenuating circumstances that would have perhaps increased the labor, or added additional parts.

In short, it was a straight forward service, but the bill was $450.68 higher than it should have been. There is simply no legitimate reason to have “that much” discrepancy.

How’d they get away with it?

The answer is very simple, and it’s a point that I don’t want anyone to miss:

They get away with it because they can!

Think about it. The average person doesn’t know how much auto parts cost. And who knows how much labor time a repair should take? To what sources does one turn to find out this information? Who even has the time to investigate!

Upon examination of this woman’s repair order, it was found that she was charged a full 4 hours “more” than the standard labor time. At $100 per hour, this added an additional $400. The remaining $50.68 came from the parts, which were billed higher than MSRP.

She was quoted $2,025 for a repair that tops out at $1575. The woman didn’t know. She just paid the bill and left.

How many times do folks just pay the bill and leave? Pretty much that’s all one can do given that there is no accessible information for the car repair customer to adequately question a repair bill. Furthermore, very few even know what questions to ask!

The auto repair industry has been over-charging for decades—sometimes subtly, sometimes boldly, definitely frequently. The evidence for this is overwhelming; yet, there are no easy solutions available for the car repair customer.

Government agencies can’t help. The Better Business Bureau can’t do anything. Even supposed “car repair experts or advocates” lack the understanding of the breadth and insidiousness of the car repair business at all its levels.

A dealership operates differently than an independent repair shop, and a franchise, like Midas, is totally unique. Who really knows what goes on in the underground of such a diverse and complex industry?

The Solution?

First and foremost, car repair customers need access to information on car repair prices. Without this, they’ve got nothing tangible in which to determine fair charges. They also need to be able to navigate the maze of parts and labor charges for car repairs and maintenance.

Like everything else, information is the key to ensure fair treatment. Without it, the car repair customer will continue to “swim with the sharks” without any protection.

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Car Repair Advice: What To Do With A Broke Down Car

TIP! Get referrals to find a great auto mechanic. Ask the people you know and trust who they take their vehicles to.

Do you wish you could deal with auto issues better? Have you thought about doing auto repairs and maintenance yourself? Maybe you hope to become better at picking a solid auto shop in your area. Keep reading to learn more about these choices.

TIP! Familiarize yourself with your car’s manual. This will help you speak intelligently to a technician about your car when it is time to take it in.

Be sure that you have an A.S.E. certified mechanic before they are allowed to work on your vehicle. This certification confirms the the mechanic has a lot of experience working on cars. This also means that you have an experience, knowledgeable repair person working on your car.

TIP! Before you pay the mechanic, test drive the car to be sure that it is actually fixed. If you don’t do this, it’s possible that the problem isn’t even fixed.

An emergency kit is a must for your car. A battery charger, tire changing tools and an extra can of gas are just a few of the items to have on hand. A few blankets, flashlights and spare batteries are also great to have.

TIP! Look out for signs that your mechanic isn’t very good. If they are talking in circles and avoiding your questions, you should take your business elsewhere.

Ask any questions you have. Be sure the questions involve the problems you are having with your car and what you can do to prevent it from happening again. If you prevent issues from happening, you can save money on repairs.

TIP! Find a technician knowledgeable in your kind of car. There are certain specifics which he needs to know before doing any repairs.

Make sure that you do not neglect the radiator in your car. Run your car for a bit, turn off the engine and then open the hood. Do not open the radiator if the car is running. Check your radiator fluid and remember to mix water with coolant before filling your radiator.

Test out your car before paying for its repairs. If you don’t do this, you may not have the appropriate problem repaired.

TIP! There are many “backyard” mechanics out there that preform excellent auto repairs. They may have learned through experience but still be competent, and are likely to have a lower labor rate.

Beware mechanics who charge you for repairs which are unnecessary. All reputable mechanics will notify you before doing any repairs and will inform you of any parts that could require repairs in the immediate future. Don’t trust a mechanic who has done repairs without asking.

TIP! Your car key should not have tons of fluffy keychains on it. The weight of your keychain can cause problems for your ignition.

Don’t stress yourself over your car repairs. Make a point to learn how you can do it by reading the information in this article. Now, you should see how you’re able to do these things quickly so you’re not without a vehicle for too long.

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Get The Best Value For Your Money In Auto Repairs

TIP! Always have a good battery charger in your car. Having a dead battery can leave you stranded in some pretty terrible places.

Your car may be your most valuable possession, because you need it to travel to every place you go to. You might not know too much about cars, but want to become better educated on their care and repair. If this is true, then you have found a great article on how you can do some simple car maintenance.

TIP! Never underestimate how important it is to carrying an emergency kit inside your vehicle. You should put together a kit that includes the tools you need to change a tire, charge your battery and put more gas in your tank.

You want to be sure that the mechanic working on your vehicle is A.S.E certified. This certification means that the technician has passed a written test and has over 2 years of experience under his or her belt. This means a top professional is doing your repairs.

TIP! Talk with your technician to determine if they have worked on your car before. If they have, there is a good chance they will be able to repair your car.

It is not a waste of money to own a battery charger for your vehicle. Dead batteries happen more often than you imagine, and you can help other people if you take a battery charger along in your vehicle. Learn how to connect your car to the batter charger.

TIP! Get a referral if you want to see a reputable mechanic. See if co-workers, friends, neighbors, or family members have any recommendations.

You absolutely need a good emergency kit inside your vehicle. This kit should contain a number of items, including tools, flares, a gas container and an emergency battery charger. Blankets may be added, some batteries and a flashlight for if you have a trouble with your car at night.

TIP! Get to know your owner’s manual, or take the time to note important information. When you’re trying to get something repaired on your vehicle, you’ll be able to get more assistance if they’re able to read information quickly about your car.

Check the radiator regularly. Allow your car to run for a bit and then turn it off and pop open the hood. You never want to open up the radiator if your car is still running. Check how much fluid is in the radiator with a dipstick and keep in mind that you should always mix coolant with water before pouring it in your radiator.

TIP! You must keep good track of all your car records. You want these with you when you go to get repairs done; a great place to store them is the glove compartment.

It is important not to neglect your car. Learning about the simplest of repairs can help you save money. Apply this advice when car issues hit, and you will be just fine.

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Auto Repair Estimates And Car Repair Prices – The Real Information To Avoid Car Repair Scams

Auto Repair Estimates And Car Repair Prices – The Real Information To Avoid Car Repair Scams

Worrying whether or not you were overcharged for your car repair is an awful feeling. There’s tons of advice on how to avoid getting ripped-off, but few discuss the actual car repair prices. We really need to look at the charges on a car repair estimate or auto repair invoice to determine if we’re paying too much.

The focus needs to shift from giving outdated and ineffective advice to addressing the “actual” and “specific” charges. Are they legitimate charges? Can they be justified by industry guidelines?

Now car repair estimates can be confusing. So let’s break it down to get a better idea if your auto repair shop is billing you appropriately.

First, a glossary of terms is in order, as the auto industry has a language of its own…

Aftermarket Parts: parts not made by the manufacturer.

MSRP: Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price

OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer. Manufacturer approved parts designed specifically for your vehicle.

TSBs: Technical Service Bulletins. Notes and instructions provided by the manufacturer for known and specific concerns(they are not recalls).

Flat Fees: services such as alignments that don’t get broken down into parts, tax, labor

Miscellaneous Charges: these can include, but are not limited to shop supplies – rags, chemicals, hazardous waste disposal fees, waste oil …etc.

Labor Rate: a repair center’s hourly charge to service your vehicle

Labor Time: the amount of time or hours determined that it will take to fix your vehicle

Labor Description: the step-by-step written details of repairs and/or services

Ok, let’s look at the Anatomy of an Auto Repair Estimate:

There are six basic components to a car repair estimate

1) Customer/Vehicle Information
2) Parts
3) Labor
4) Miscellaneous Charges
5) Flat Fees
6) Summary of Charges

Customer and Vehicle Information

Using a generic “top down” style estimate, the top portion simply contains your personal information and your vehicle’s specifics: year, make, model, mileage…etc, as well as your request or concern.

We also want find the shop’s labor rate. The labor rate is critical in determining if you paid too much. Most repair centers don’t list the labor rate. We’ll discuss why shortly.

Auto Parts

Parts are listed usually with a brief description, as well as the quantity, and the price. There are three types of parts: OEM (parts made by or for a manufacturer). These are the parts installed by a dealer, although many local shops use OEM parts too.

Aftermarket parts are non OEM parts, and there are various degrees of quality, depending on the brand and where they’re made – China versus USA, for example.

Then there are Used parts purchased from a salvage yard.

To determine if you paid too much for parts, first find out what type of parts are being used. With OEM parts, you don’t want to pay more than MSRP, although most people do without realizing it. Premium aftermarket parts are similarly priced across brands, although beware not to pay more than MSRP, which again, many folks do. Used part prices are all over the place, so pick the price in the middle.

Auto Repair Labor

Labor is billed in tenths. So 1.0 equals 1 hour. 1.5 equals an hour and a half.

Labor rates range from $60 to $100 per hour at local repair shops and $80 to $140 per hour at the dealer level. Labor times are based off established industry guidelines, which are frequently abused.

If you don’t see the shop’s labor rate posted on the car repair invoice, ask your service center for the rate. Repair shops can manipulate the labor rate (among other things) with a labor matrix. Matrix pricing is a complicated and ethically questionable practice discussed at length in RepairTrust literature. What you need to know is that you can pay as high as $150 per hour rather than the posted labor rate of $105 per hour.

To ensure that you’re being charged properly, you’ll want to multiply the number of hours billed (which is also often not posted) by the shop’s labor rate.

Most labor descriptions are poorly written and difficult to understand. So ask questions.

Here’s a “clear” labor description for a 30,000 mile service on a Toyota Camry.

Performed 30,000 mile service per customer request, and in accordance with manufacturer guidelines. Changed oil and filter, installed new air filter, cabin filter and performed all necessary tests, checks, and procedures, including road test (miles 30,123 – 30,125). Performed lubrication services and confirmed proper vehicle operation. Set tire pressures, and checked fluids, belts and hoses. Note: vehicle is pulling slightly left. Needs alignment

Miscellaneous Charges

The bulk of your car repair invoice will be parts and labor, but we can’t forget about Miscellaneous Charges. These charges can include, but are not limited to, shop supplies – rags, chemicals, hazardous waste, disposal fees, waste oil …etc. The latter of these may be billed out separately in a summary at the bottom of your repair invoice.

Very few of these “extras” are actually used during regular repairs. Miscellaneous charges are calculated off the amount of labor hours billed, not the amount of miscellaneous items used.

Flat Fees

Flat fees can be another very tricky area. Flat fees are services, such as an alignment, which don’t get broken down into parts, tax and labor. This makes it difficult to determine the real and fair price. On the plus side, most flat fees are competitively priced.

Be warned however, another term for Flat Fee is called Menu Selling. In other words, you might see Tune Up: $99.99 or Transmission Flush: $89.99. Follow your manufacturer’s recommendations only, not a dealer’s or repair shop’s menu.

Summary of Charges

The last part of an auto repair estimate is the summary of charges. It’s usually found in the bottom right hand corner of the invoice. Check it against the charges above to ensure that it all adds up mathematically, as well as logically.

This basic estimate outline may differ from your particular invoice, which may have other categories such as “Sublet” or “HazMat.”

A sublet charge is added when your auto repair shop uses another vender to fix or repair your car, such as a glass company that replaces your windshield.

A HazMat charge may include waste oil or other disposal fees. Just make sure that the charges are warranted, as again, they too are often calculated off the labor time rather than actual need.

In sum, understanding the “actual” charges, asking the right questions, and breaking down your auto repair costs is the best way to avoid paying excessive car repair prices.

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Fix Your Car Quickly And Easily With Simple Tips For Success

TIP! Keep a good battery charger in your car. Dead batteries are a common problem, and you should always have a charger or cables on you at all times.

Repairing your own car may seem overwhelming initially, but isn’t nearly as hard as you might imagine. Learning all you can now will come in handy in the future. The article below is a collection of auto repair tips and tricks just for you.

TIP! It is important for your car to have an emergency kit. A battery charger, tire changing tools and an extra can of gas are just a few of the items to have on hand.

Be sure that you have an A.S.E. certified mechanic before they are allowed to work on your vehicle. This certification guarantees that the mechanic has been tested and has more than two years of experience. You will then know that you are dealing with a trained professional.

TIP! Keep an eye on your radiator levels. Let the car run briefly, shut the engine, then open the hood.

Your radiator needs to be looked over regularly. Warm up your car a little, shut if back off and pop the hood. Never open your radiator if your vehicle is running. Check the amount of fluid in your radiator with your dipstick and remember to mix the coolant with some water.

TIP! You should keep your car’s records in a handy location. You may want to store them in the glove compartment for easy access.

If you have issues with your car, you can fix it yourself. There are a few things that you can fix easily yourself. Try troubleshooting the issue on the Internet or talk to your friends to see if they have an idea of what could be wrong with your vehicle. If it is a simple fix, you can usually do it yourself.

TIP! Whenever your car undergoes repairs, make sure you have the written record of what was done. If further issues develop later, the mechanic may want to see the historical documentation of what has already been done.

There is no better way to find an auto mechanic than to get a referral. Talk to your relatives, friends and co-workers to get some recommendations. You can inquire about price, work quality and overall satisfaction. You can learn first-hand experiences about the honesty and skill of the mechanic.

Car Trouble

TIP! Consider using OEM parts. These parts are issued by the manufacturer of your vehicle.

Car trouble does not have to be as scary or time consuming as it was in the past, if you know how to fix basic things. You will be able to rely on your skills so that you’re able to save some cash. Use this article to educate yourself in case you have car trouble in the future.

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Tools Women Can Use to Impress Their Auto Technician

Tools Women Can Use to Impress Their Auto Technician

Trust, reliability and good communication are not just key ingredients to a healthy and successful relationship with your significant other. They are also instrumental to a balanced and sound relationship with your automobile and its technician.

At some point in a vehicle’s life, most women will have to take their automobile to a repair shop because it has, unfortunately, let them down.

AAA, North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, is helping women motorists jump-start their awareness in automotive maintenance with a checklist they can use to boost their car care confidence and automotive self-reliance.

“If women put off visiting an auto repair shop because of fear, it could be a recipe for disaster,” said John Nielson, director of AAA’s Approved Auto Repair program. “The more you know about your vehicle and how it operates, the better.”

AAA offers the following tips for women:

* Become familiar with your automobile’s maintenance schedule. This information is provided in the owner’s manual of your vehicle.

* Don’t wait for your car to break down to identify a repair shop. Be proactive and research where you want to take your vehicle when it’s time to be serviced.

* Gather recommendations and opinions from friends and family about auto repair shops. This will help streamline the decision-making process.

* Check with local consumer agencies to identify if the repair shop in question has any unresolved disputes.

* Find out if the shop employs ASE certified automotive technicians that are experienced working on the type of car you own.

* Select an AAA Approved Auto Repair facility. These shops undergo an extensive investigation before being allowed to enter the program and AAA is confident that they will provide competent and professional repairs.

* Communicate your vehicle’s symptoms effectively by using simple everyday language or demonstrating the problem during a test drive with the technician.

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Car Repairs: Tips And Tricks On Getting Your Car Fixed

TIP! Buy a good battery charger to keep in the car. Having a car battery die is a common problem, so keeping a battery charger in your car can help you and others in this situation.

Auto repair can be an overwhelming topic. However, the article below has some quick and simple tips to make auto repair easier for you. Launch yourself on a learning curve about car repair. Save on future repair costs because of what you learn here.

TIP! Look for online body shop reviews for any business you’re thinking of patronizing. This can give you a good indication of how satisfied customers are with their work.

Check your radiator frequently. Run your car, turn it off then pop the hood. Do not lift the radiator lid when the engine is running or if it is too hot. Check the radiator fluids using a dipstick and remember to always mix the coolant with water before putting it in the radiator.

TIP! Before making your payment to the mechanic when picking up your car, take it out for a spin first to check that everything is working. Many people don’t do this, and the car ends up with the same issues that were supposed to be repaired.

It is not always necessary to call a repairman when you have car trouble. Some repairs are easy to make. Check online to find out what might be wrong with your car. When it’s a simple fix, do it yourself!

TIP! Avoid mechanics who charge you for repairs that are not really needed. They should contact you before doing any extra work.

Keep all of your car records handy. These should be kept in the glove compartment of your vehicle for easy access out on the road. The people repairing your automobile are going to need to look over these records. They can find problems much quicker that way.

TIP! Buy OEM parts. These parts are original and from the manufacturer.

Look for signs that should serve as a warning that your repair man is no good. If they do not answer you directly, you may want to find someone else. Run, don’t walk, to another mechanic.

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TIP! Replacing your own taillights and headlights is an easy way to save money. While it’s easier in some vehicles than others, it’s a whole lot cheaper to do it yourself.

Invest in a spare tire and a jack, and keep them in your vehicle. Many cars will come with these straight off of the dealership’s floor. Stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire is bad news. Stuck without a jack and spare tire is bad news and a big bill. It will be quicker and less costly when you do it yourself.

TIP! Think about finding a mechanic who does repairs in his or her own garage. For basic repairs they can charge far less and you both can be happy.

Rather than taking your old car to the shop because it has several problems, learn what the warning signals are for areas that can break down. Hopefully, this article has shown you how to perform simple auto repairs to your vehicle. Keep these tips in mind when the car acts up.

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Which Auto Parts to Use for Repairs

Which Auto Parts to Use for Repairs

There are many options to choose from when it comes to a car that doesn’t work anymore: it can be junked, a new car can be purchased, the car can be fixed, a rental car can be used for the time being, or a family member’s can can also be used for the time being. There are a plethora of ideas that can be chosen from if one has a failing car, though, the best thing to do would just repair the car that doesn’t work any longer. This may also be harder than it looks, though, because of the fact that auto parts are expensive nowadays, labor is expensive when getting repairs done at an auto repair shop, and there are many choices to make as to what kind of repairs need to be made anyway.

One issue that many people deal with when fixing their car by themselves or having an auto repair shop fix their car is what type of auto parts they’ll be using. There are basically two types of auto parts that can be used to fix a car, and they both will be explained, as well as the pros and cons of using each type of auto part.

The first type of auto part that comes to mind when repairing one’s car is OEM auto parts. The term “OEM” stands for “original equipment manufacturer,” and this means that OEM auto parts come directly from the company that made the car in the first place. In other words, if a person’s Chevrolet Cavalier were to fail because of the alternator or starter then an OEM alternator or starter could be purchased in order to repair the car. The benefit of buying original equipment manufacturer auto parts is the fact that there will generally be a warranty on the part that is bought. In addition, one is usually guaranteed that the part will work and fit the car on the first try.

A downside to ordering OEM auto parts is the fact that they are generally much more expensive that other types of auto parts. Whereas other auto parts may be around $50, the same auto parts that are bought from the OEM may be as much as $150. The price makes all the difference, too, when repairing your car, so it may not necessarily behoove you to purchase OEM auto parts.

On the other hand, the other type of auto parts that can be purchased when repairing a car is after-market auto parts, or auto parts that are made for the same automobile by third-parties. These automobile parts are generally much easier to run into, and more auto repair shops and retail stores generally carry after-market auto parts as opposed to OEM auto parts. That is one of the big advantages to buying those types of auto parts, but another is that they are much less expensive than OEM auto parts. This was touched on in the last paragraph about OEM parts, but after-market automobile parts are generally 50% or more less than the original manufacturer’s auto parts.

All things considered, it is really up to the person and the situation when the car is being repaired. Many people choose OEM auto parts just because they are the safest type of parts to go with, but arguments for third-party auto parts are because they are much cheaper are more accessible. All in all, though, there are all sorts of options and decisions to make when looking for auto parts to fix your car!

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Get Good Auto Repair Tips Here With A Very Informative Article!

TIP! Invest in a quality battery charger and always keep it in your car. Dead batteries are a common occurrence and you’d be able to aid other drivers who have broken down.

When your car needs repairs, you may not know how to proceed. You should learn more about auto repair if you don’t know much about the topic. Keep reading to discover some auto repair tips that can really help you out of a jam.

TIP! Ensure you regularly inspect your radiator. Warm up your car a little, shut if back off and pop the hood.

Keeping a good battery charger in your vehicle is always a wise choice to avoid being stranded. Having a dead battery can leave you stranded in some pretty terrible places. Find out where to connect the charger to your car.

TIP! Do not give your keys to your mechanic before knowing more about the cost of the repairs. If you don’t understand something, ask questions until you do.

Check the radiator regularly. Let the car idle for a short period first, but only long enough to let the fluid circulate. Never open the radiator on a running car. Use a dipstick to gauge how much radiator fluid you have, keeping in mind that most types need to be diluted with water.

TIP! Get referrals to find a great auto mechanic. Ask the people you know for their recommendations.

Before giving your car keys to the service department, make sure you know what the cost for the repair will be. If you don’t understand something, make sure to clarify it first. You don’t want to get the car back, only to be shocked at how much the repairs cost you.

TIP! Every time your car is repaired, no matter why it is, keep a record of the repair. If you experience future problems with your vehicle, this past record will help the mechanic in diagnosing the problems.

Referrals are your best best when searching for a trustworthy mechanic. Ask the people you know for their recommendations. This gives you the opportunity to find out about costs and the overall quality you can expect. You can use their experiences to determine whether a mechanic is honest or not.

TIP! Beware of mechanics who do unneeded repairs on the car. A good mechanic should let you know if they noticed parts that are starting to get worn down and will need to be replaced soon but they should not replace the part without your approval.

If you’re headlights are giving off dull light, they may just be dirty. Greasy residue from a road can deposit on them sometimes and that dirt can reduce the light they’re putting out. Use a quality glass cleaning product and improve the situation dramatically.

TIP! Never leave any valuables in your car when it is getting repaired. The mechanic might need to clean out the car before performing repair work, and your personal items could be lost.

You should not let car problems to cause you stress or to make rushed decisions. When you are uneducated on auto repairs, you may confused on what to do to get your car repaired properly. Hopefully, the above article has provided you with a lot of useful advice to assist you whenever issues arise.