Some car maintenance is easier than you'd think, but there's still a lot that goes on under the hood that can leave you scratching your head. This video breaks down some basic rules to avoid a car repair ripoff. In the video, financial expert Jean Chatzky interviews a mechanical engineer who offers some advice. He says the first step is avoiding a shop that pushes you out the door quickly:
You can look around and see everything's loud and everything's bustling and getting in and out fast. That's never a good sign. It usually lends itself to every shortcut under the sun. If you want a cheaper job you can get cheaper parts. There's a huge difference in the quality of these parts. There's a reason why they are cheaper.
Another solid tip: Your mechanic should be familiar with your unique driving habits.
Your mechanic should tailor your maintenance to how you drive — if you're a city driver, if you're a country driver or do you do long-distance? Good, experienced mechanics will be able to tell a lot just by looking at the car.
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3 ways to avoid car repair rip-offs [Bankrate]