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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Coolant flushes are usually a gimmick.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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