Unscrupulous Mechanics is something we have all had to deal with, but today there may be an answer. Sometimes, having to take your car to visit a mechanic is unavoidable. Although there are lots of things you can do yourself to make sure that your car stays in the best condition possible, it’s never going to eliminate servicing and maintenance entirely. We’ve all heard stories about unscrupulous mechanics taking people for a ride and charging them for things they shouldn’t be paying for – so how can you protect yourself against ending up in a similar situation?
It’s believed that UK motorists spend more than £300 million per year to fix messed up repair jobs or problems that a mechanic has missed when fixing another problem. This works out at costing us around £500 each per year.
Many people have had unnecessary parts fitted to their vehicles, and in some cases, they’ve paid for parts that haven’t been changed or fitted at all. Women and young drivers are the most likely to fall foul of rogue mechanics, due to a perceived lack of knowledge or experience when it comes to cars and motoring.
Ideally, you should find yourself a good car mechanic or garage before you need one. There are plenty of great mechanics and garages out there, and when you find one, you can breathe easily. When you need one, it’s really too late and your back is up against the wall. Talk to friends, relatives, colleagues, acquaintances, and take on board their good and bad experiences, both with local independent garages, and the bigger chains.
Why not attempt the diagnosis yourself and then possibly the actual repair, with one of our repair manuals you can have ago and anything from basic to advanced repair.