It goes without saying that none of us like being subject to a con-artist and unfortunately in the car industry, it can happen a lot. Whether that’s buying a car through a dodgy dealership or having a bad paint job, it can happen at any stage of your car’s life.
But fear not. From browsing the internet, we have found a link to this fantastic article written by watchdog which advises drivers how to find a reliable mechanic. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2PpCKl15m33WlGsNhYYthqs/finding-a-reliable-mechanic
So how can we prevent ourselves getting caught out?
Watchdog advises to do your homework first of all. They say that: “There are many forum sites and owners’ clubs online that’ll give an idea of the likely cause of faults if you search the symptoms. Having an idea of possible faults and the relevant terminology might deter someone from taking advantage and will also enable you to get a realistic gauge on potential costs.”
Another issue is that prices can vary, so Watchdog suggest you research costs and get a range of quotes. “deally, you would a free diagnosis but it’s not appropriate to take advantage by doing this if you don’t intend to use the mechanic. Be prepared to pay for their time if you want to take it elsewhere in due course.”
Watchdog states: “Many garages will let you watch work – ask if you would like this. Also, you may like to keep any old parts to inspect, which could be useful if the work ends up being disputed. Make sure you ask at the beginning, it will be too late once work is completed.”
For more detailed advice follow the link to the article here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2PpCKl15m33WlGsNhYYthqs/finding-a-reliable-mechanic