Unfortunately for the many honest mechanics out there, the industry has a reputation for ripping people off.
Whilst most mechanics are honest there are still cowboys out there. Whilst you can’t be guaranteed to not run into one, it will help if you know some of the common scams and how to avoid them.
If you don’t know the first thing about cars then you likely don’t have a clue what your mechanic is talking about when they are reeling off the long list of things your car needs to get it through its service! This can lead to unnecessary work being completed on your car, and unnecessary bills!
2. Replacing unnecessary parts.
Mechanics can easily say a part needs replacing or had to be replaced whilst they were working on your car. If you don’t question it, you may be none the wiser!
Cowboy mechanics have a habit of upselling you things you don’t need. For example; you go in for an oil change and get told you also need your coolant replacing. In reality, coolant doesn’t go bad in the same timeframe that oil does and isn’t necessary for routine maintenance.
There are many other mechanical scams to watch out for. The best way you can arm yourself is by doing your best to avoid them!
Ask family, friends, or colleagues where they get their car serviced. If they’re happy and have had a good experience this will instill trust that you will too.
A strong regulatory framework exists to protect the rights of vehicle owners. If you suspect something is not right, never be afraid to exercise your consumer rights!
Cars require a lot of maintenance and a large chunk of it