25 Things Your Car Mechanic Won’t Tell You

Posted by on January 27, 2014

Although having a car can be helpful, when it comes time for repairs it would be good to know these 25 things your car mechanic won’t tell you.

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Be wary of scare tactics, especially when they claim they wouldn't drive your car another foot.

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Make sure to check for certification in the shop and if you're in the US, a state license.

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Look for a clean garage. A cluttered floor filled with dirty rags may be a red flag.

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Although it seems obvious, never sign a blank work authorization form. Always have a specific estimate for each job first.

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If the mechanic claims they don't need fancy equipment like a basic engine analyzer, go elsewhere.

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As a rule of thumb, when you get a second opinion don't tell the mechanic what the first diagnosis was

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19

You don't need to have your fuel injector cleaned.

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Coolant flushes are usually a gimmick.

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Same with power steering flushes. Many of your car's fluids are designed to last up to 100,000 miles.

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If you're getting a strangely good deal on your tires you may be getting two year old treads. Ask about the build date.

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Avoid lifetime mufflers. While you can get free replacements you'll have to pay for pipe repairs anyway.

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If there is something wrong with your catalytic converter or emissions system consult your dealer. A free replacement is often legally required.

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Many times you will get charged double labor, especially for multiple tasks. Ask about labor time beforehand.

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Ask for your old parts back. At least you'll know they've been changed.

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Be careful with brake jobs. Many mechanics will use cheap parts and mark them up.

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Watch out for certified pre-owned cars. The certification usually means nothing.

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Bring your car in on Monday not Friday. On Friday the mechanics will rush the job to get done by the weekend.

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A transmission pan with metal particles in it is normal. Don't get duped.

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Be wary of advertisements for $100 brake jobs. A mechanic won't make any money on this.

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A transmission flush is almost guaranteed to be a scam. They aren't recommended by manufacturers and cars almost never need them.

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5

Cheap parts from China are getting popular. Ask to see the box.

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If they show you an air filter full of dirt and debris make sure it actually came from your vehicle.

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Some parts (like an air filter) are relatively easy to change yourself.

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Request factory equipment. This is just another to way to make sure you have legitimate parts.

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There are no legal standards in the US for used tires. Make sure to inspect them.

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