What to Look For When Choosing a Mechanic
My dad always liked to say, “invest your money wisely.” Like me, you may own a reliable car that you want to maintain in safe operating conditions. Repairing a reliable used car can often be a better investment than quickly replacing your used car with a newer model. You may not know if a repair is necessary, worth investing in, or whether it’s actually time to get a new car. However, an experienced car mechanic is your best ally.
Four characteristics stand out in an auto mechanic worth building a relationship with.
Affordable Auto Repairs: A telling and appealing sign of a quality auto mechanic is that the overall work be consistently affordable. Chances are, you may not have the time or the desire to comparison shop each repair. But you can surely keep in mind questions such as this: does your mechanic spring extra costs on you just before or after you have the bill in hand?
Honest Auto Repair: Recently an investigative news team set up a test to find the most honest mechanic in their town. Out of ten mechanics, seven found the simple problem and repaired it for a minimal cost. Three mechanics found the problem, but suggested repairs costing hundreds of dollars, which were completely unnecessary. Some of the mechanics didn’t even inspect the engine before they printed an estimate. It goes without saying that an honest mechanic can save you hundreds, if not thousands, over the life of your car.
Reliable Auto Repair: Both your schedule and your optimum mechanic’s schedule will doubtless be busy. Yet not only do you want your vehicle fixed on time and fixed correctly, but you need a reliable mechanic who can communicate effectively. If your car is not going to be ready, the worst case scenario is to have to show up at the end of your work day to find the vehicle’s not done and your time has been wasted. A reliable mechanic will consistently be able to judge these scenarios correctly and will nurture a relationship by valuing your time as well as your money.
Knowledgeable Auto Repair: Everyone has a friend who thinks he’s an ace mechanic. This can come in handy for minor repairs, say if you need to change out your battery or windshield wipers. However, do you want to entrust the safety of your family to an amateur mechanic? Certainly not. Unless you have time to keep returning to a repair shop week after week, you need a mechanic who can fix the problem and spot potential trouble areas before they leave you stranded. A knowledgeable mechanic who has received significant training, has had adequate oversight, with access to the latest tools and equipment will give you confidence worth the investment.
My dad also said, “Don’t expect your car to be an investment that rises in value.” In spite of that, a relationship with a quality auto mechanic can help you have enough money left over for other investment opportunities. At Rx Automotive, we certainly pride ourselves on being vigilantly honest, reliable, and knowledgeable as well as affordable, always with an eye out to save our customers money. Come build a relationship with us and we’ll prove it!
602 Sidwell Court
St Charles, IL 60174
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Mon – Fri: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 2:00pm