Navigating the world of car care is littered with tales of woe. From being ripped off to claimed work not being carried out, right through to overbearing mechanics or downright dangerous practices, it’s no wonder many of us bite the bullet and pay the (often inflated) prices of a main dealer.
The thing is, bad apples abound in all areas of car care. Whether you go for the perceived main dealer reliability or the local mechanic in your neighborhood, the same due diligence should be carried out.
The following details the 3 essential ways to finding and striking up a working relationship with an auto mechanic that you can trust to provide excellent service at a reasonable price.
Do your homework and research more than one auto mechanic
Get a quote from more than one auto mechanic
When you drop off & pick up your car
Create a list of potential suppliers and then do some digging. This could include asking friends and family if they have any experience of said suppliers, reading online reviews, and asking in local social media groups. Beware of any reviews that are on a supplier’s website—these are unlikely to give a truly balanced view.
Is the garage ASE certified (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) and/or are they AAA-approved? Another good place to get a true idea of the level of service is to look at Better Business Bureau for their rating.
Get multiple quotes that have the parts and labor itemized. Even if your vehicle is within its warranty period, there’s no requirement for servicing to be carried out by the main dealer. The only thing you need to ensure is that this is carried out to the manufacturer-specified schedule and that any parts used are manufacturer-approved or of the same quality.
As specified in the above point, when you drop off the car be sure to re-mention that any parts to be fitted are approved by the manufacturer. Take your written quote with you and ensure that it includes everything: parts, labor, and taxes. Also, make sure the time scale is specified.
On picking up the vehicle, make sure you get a clear receipt/invoice that details all the work and the individual components that make up the total cost. You may also want to ask the mechanic to show you proof of any work carried out, such as those worn brake shoes or suspension arms. Any auto mechanic worth their salt will be happy to do this and explain exactly what’s been carried out.
When it comes to fine German engineering, no car owner wants to entrust their car to anything but the experts. At Autobahn of Boca, we only have marque-trained engineers for some of the most prestigious global brands. If you own and cherish your Mercedes, BMW, Audi, VW, or Porsche, but don’t love main dealer servicing prices, then you’re going to adore us.
Our passionate engineers are highly skilled in the intricacies of their specialty car brands. But, because we’re not beholden to main dealer costs, we can pass these savings onto you, our valued customers. Plus, our customer service is second-to-none.
There’s a reason the owners of Florida’s luxury cars trust Autobahn. Visit
https://www.autobahnofboca.com to find out more and take advantage of the best auto mechanics and service that your luxury car demands.
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