5 Questions to Ask Your Mechanic  | Scott's Fort Collins Auto

5 Questions to Ask Your Mechanic 

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Before you trust anyone with your car, there are questions you should be asking your mechanic. At Scott’s Auto, our team of trusted professionals and experts are here to answer all of your questions so you know you’re leaving your car in good hands. If you aren’t located near any of our service areas, here are the questions you should be asking your mechanic. 

Questions to Ask Your Mechanic 

Within your engine are dozens of parts not only working to start your car but to then keep it running as well. To make sure your engine is running efficiently, these parts will need to be updated and inspected at various intervals as they gradually begin to wear. When you bring your vehicle to Scott’s Fort Collins Auto, our team of experts will check system performance and let you know if we detect any areas of concern. If you live too far to bring your car to us, we recommend that you ask your new potential mechanic these questions: 

Are you familiar with the make and model of my car? 

A professional car mechanic should be familiar with the most common cars on the road and what repairs are typically needed to get the car drivable again. When you take your car to the mechanic, be sure you ask them if they are familiar enough with the make and model of your car to give you quality service. If they have never worked on your type of car before and aren’t confident in the repairs that might be needed, save time and money by finding a mechanic that is more knowledgeable with your make and model.

What is everything you need to know about my car?

This is the time to provide any signs of trouble you’ve noticed within your vehicle in recent times. Forbes explains that the more you are able to convey to the mechanic about what is wrong with your vehicle, the easier it will be for them to diagnose and fix the problem. They recommend writing down ahead of time what you have been noticing while you drive, like specific sounds, sensations, leaks and smells. It will also be helpful to note how often you notice these issues occurring.

What’s the cost? 

Before you leave your car with a mechanic, you should know about the cost up front. While minor issues might arise and change the course of repairs once they begin working on your vehicle, trustworthy mechanics will make sure that you know what the cost will be before discussing the issue with you. A good mechanic will be upfront with you concerning the cost and work needed in order to get your car safely back out on the road. The average American has spent almost $2,000 in the last five years on auto maintenance alone. We know this is expensive, which is why transparency is key. 

What’s the time estimate for the work that needs to be done?

In addition to being transparent about the cost, the mechanic should also be able to give you a turnaround time for your car. If they don’t provide you with a clear timeline, ask them what they are unsure about. A reliable mechanic will be clear about the timeline and when you can expect to get your car back. Further, they will communicate with you throughout the process if they notice anything that could change that timeline.

What is the priority? Are there repairs that may be needed but can wait until another time? 

If your car has multiple issues, they might not all need to be completed at the same time. Trusted mechanics know that you need to get your car back on the road, and that repairs being done all at once can add up and be costly. If you don’t have the time or money to correct every issue with your car now, talk with your mechanic about what repairs could possibly wait and if it is still safe to drive without having the issue immediately corrected. 

Get Reliable Car Service with Scott’s Auto

We understand that you might not always be in our service areas when you need a repair, however, if you are, our trusted team of professionals at Scott’s Auto are here to be transparent and upfront with you as soon as you contact us or walk in our doors. For more information on our services, contact us today. 

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