Have you noticed something different in how your car is running? Is that weird sound caused by problems in the front brake pads and rotors or rear brakes and rotors? What if the issue is not really with front brake pads and rotors or rear brakes and rotors but with the other components?
When it comes to diagnosing car problems, it is best that you go to an auto mechanic. It can be very costly and dangerous to drive a vehicle that is not functioning right, and an auto mechanic can identify the issue and provide a solution right away.
To find the right one for your needs, you should make sure to ask the following questions:
- How long have you been working as a mechanic?
Someone who has many years of experience working with cars has more knowledge and skills to accurately diagnose and fix problems. They have seen and worked with a greater variety of cars, allowing them to deliver faster and better service.
- What credentials do you have?
It is much easier to trust a mechanic who has earned certifications, licenses, and other credentials in the field because it means that they have been deemed able and capable by a recognized authority in cars. So, for example, if you are given a choice between someone who is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified technician and someone who just enjoys fiddling with cars in their spare time, choosing the former is a no-brainer.
- Do you belong to any automotive associations?
You want to give your money to a mechanic or repair shop that can be trusted, so you should consider one that is part of an automotive association, such as the Automotive Service Association, or is recommended by the American Automotive Association (AAA). If they belong to one of these associations, it means that they have been reviewed and adhere to the industry code of ethics and standards.
- Are you familiar with my car model and make?
There are some auto repair shops that have a specialization when it comes to car models and makes. If you want your car to get the proper care, take it to a shop that has plenty of experience working with your particular vehicle.
- How much will diagnosis and repairs cost me?
Some auto repair shops can provide you with a free estimate after an initial diagnostic examination of your car. And to fix your car, they may charge either a flat rate or an hourly fee. To not be surprised by the amount on the bill once the repairs are completed, discuss this matter early on.
- How long will everything take?
Because you need to leave your car at the auto shop for the repairs, you will have to find another way to get around until the repairs are completed. It is best that you ask your mechanic for a time frame so that you can make alternative transportation arrangements.