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When your vehicle isn’t in top shape, you want to get the most from your investment at the auto repair shop. Once you’ve found the right ASE-certified mechanic using our helpful tips, it’s time to start working on what questions you will ask them. This will help you prevent the problem from happening again, saving you more money in the long run.


Will You Charge for an Estimate and Provide an Itemized Invoice?

Before the mechanic dives into full-blown vehicle diagnostics, you should find out what they charge for an estimate and what the process is like. While most auto shops offer free estimates, you shouldn’t assume it’s the case for every mechanic. Once they have diagnosed the problem, your mechanic should provide an itemized invoice and clear, detailed explanation of the problems and necessary repairs.

Are They Familiar With the Problem?

Make sure your mechanic specializes in your particular type, make, and model of car, as well as the type of vehicle problem. They should be clear on why you brought in your vehicle and how to fix the problem.

What Are Some Ways To Save Money?

A mechanic can find a variety of ways to save you money. Whether it’s on getting better gas mileage, preventing the same problems from happening again, or investing in eco-friendly options that will save you money over time, they’ve got some great recommendations. Inquire about whether you will have the option of choosing either new or used parts to save even more money.

What Does the Warranty Cover?

When you are having a part replaced, find out what the warranty or guarantee covers. AAA-approved dealerships usually offer a standard 12-month or 12,000-mile warranty, so find out what warranty options are available to you. After all, you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s incompetence if your new part fails you after only a few months. Your repair may also be covered by the original manufacturer warranty, so make sure to check what your dealer offered when you purchased the car.

How Can It Last Longer?

Whether you are asking about your brakes, the car itself, or a particular part, find out how to make it last longer. This will help you get more from your investment and prevent you from having to purchase the part again anytime soon.

Is It Worth It To Keep It?

If you trust your mechanic, you can ask them outright whether it is worth it for you to keep your car and pay for the repairs, trade it in, or consider it junk. Otherwise, you can request an estimate and if the cost to repair the vehicle is more than it’s current value, then it’s time to let it go.

If you’re still not sure whether it’s worth it to keep your vehicle, read our tips on figuring out when the time is right to sell. Contact us online or give us a call toll-free at 888-309-1049 for more information on turning your junk car into quick cash!