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    These moments do happen. Regardless of how much effort we put into maintaining our cars, how many books, magazines, and websites we browse in order to gain some more car knowledge, there will come a time you will have to take your car to a local garage.

    Maybe you will not have enough expertise to deal with the problem, maybe you won’t even have a clue what can cause a problem, or maybe you simply don’t have the tools or resources to carry out the repair on your own.

    Obviously, this is even more true in the case of drivers who cannot do anything more than pump gas into the tank or wipe the windshield clean. The bottom line is that we all have to pay somebody to repair our car. Unfortunately, not every car mechanic is honest.

    How to recognize when a mechanic is cheating us?

    First of all, you have to understand a couple of things. One, a car garage is the same kind of shop that Wal-Mart is. It means that the more they sell, the more money they make.

    There is a world of difference between them simply change the oil and exchange half of your car parts under the hood.

    And they have a perfect opportunity to cheat as the majority of their clients don’t have any idea about cars.

    Therefore, mechanics are able to feed them all kinds of fairy tales, and a customer who doesn’t know any better will have to pay for all of that. This is why you should keep your eyes open for the following tell-tale signs.

    If you are told that the “xyz” part of your car had to be replaced because it was worn out, broken, or otherwise faulty, ask to see your old car part.

    You have to see it in order to validate if what the mechanic is telling is true. If, for some reason, you cannot see it you should immediately ask how you are supposed to know the part was in a need of replacement in the first place.

    Don’t get me wrong, the fact that they cannot show you the part does not automatically mean that they are cheating. Maybe they really lost it or already got rid of it. But if a situation like this happens, be wary as something fishy may be going on. To avoid such a situation, would be a good idea to know your car history. You can do this by decoding the VIN number online with bestvindecoder.com.

    Moreover, if the mechanic says that while working on your car, he noticed another problem (something is about to break or is too old), never agree to have this “issue” solved as well unless you completely trust him (and why would you trust a mechanic that you see for the first time and nobody recommended him to you).

    Maybe he’s telling the truth, maybe not, but either way, don’t agree. But you cannot disregard potential danger either. Here is what you should do.

    Go to another mechanic and ask to look at the area of the car where the alleged problem is located, but don’t give him exact details.

    If he’s smart he will understand that you are double-checking somebody else and may feed you the same story to get some cut for himself as well.

    Just as him to look under the hood or at the undercarriage because you think something may be wrong there. If there is really a problem, he will find the same thing. If not, it means the previous guy tried to cheat you.

    You also have to be careful with top-brand car parts. It may be the case that the mechanic is trying to convince you that you need a part made by a particular producer because it’s “the best”.

    Obviously, you have no idea if that’s true or not but remember about how they make money.

    You have to realize that you are not a NASCAR driver. You don’t need top-quality parts. You need parts that will do their job and will serve you well.

    One of the most important things is to develop an allergy to words like “all”, “whole”, or “entire”. It may happen that the mechanic will tell you that the whole installation is in a very bad shape and you will need a new one, only $700 if you decide here and now, otherwise others will make you pay $900. The same rules as described earlier apply. Always double-check.

    You also have to be careful of arguments such as “you wouldn’t understand anyway”. While this may be true, you pay for the service so you have the right to demand to know what procedures will be taken in order to fix your car.

    And even if you won’t understand a thing, the fact that the mechanic doesn’t mind telling you already speaks for his honesty.

    Do online research! If you know, you will need to replace breaks, or a fuel pump, make sure you look around the Internet to see how much you should pay for it and how long it should take.

    Dishonest mechanics take ages to repair simple things either because you will have to pay more or simply out of laziness.

    Rely only on trusted mechanic

    However, the best thing to avoid any risk of being cheated is to simply find a mechanic you can trust. The best way to do that is to get a recommendation, especially from someone who knows a bit about cars. Or from many different people.

    Again, if you don’t know such people, look and ask around on the Internet. Even if you will find a praised mechanic that is located a bit further, it’s better to go a couple of extra miles than to get conned.

    And most important of all, once you find an honest mechanic, treat him like gold. You never know when you will have to visit him again. And if you treat him with the respect he deserves you will establish a very valuable contact to have.


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