If your car needs servicing and you don’t have the necessary skills to go the DIY route, you’ll need to find a capable, trustworthy mechanic. How? Test out their skill level before your car gives you major trouble.
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The Modesto Bee says to select a repair shop before you need one, and test them out with a simple repair job, like an oil change. If the shop can’t handle the most basic of repairs in a timely and affordable manner, then you’re probably better off finding one that can. Testing out the shop with small jobs will also help gauge how they treat you. Are they courteous? Responsive? Do they complete the work on time?
And, though obvious, it’s worth repeating that you should always get a written estimate of the work you want done, and never, ever sign an open-ended contract.
Hit up the full article for other tips on how best to choose an auto repair shop, then let us know if and how you’ve been gouged by a mechanic so your fellow readers don’t follow suit. Or if you’re more of a DIY-er, check out our top ten DIY auto hacks.