Auto servicing for mums

3 ways to identify a reliable mechanic

Your car is a crucial part of your everyday life, it gets you from A to B, makes running errands a simple task, and for many people, driving their car is something they really enjoy, especially if they've invested a lot of money and time into it. Unfortunately however, cars are not always as reliable as we would like them to be, and car servicing can quickly add up to thousands of dollars extra per year.

One way to ease this burden is to find a reliable mechanic, who can carry out necessary repairs as well as preempt potential problems before the become serious issues. Ask your friends, family or colleagues, and you're bound to hear horror stories, from people who got quick deals and ended up paying a lot more in the long run. 

With all of these stories to look out for, how can you be sure you're entrusting your vehicle to a reliable mechanic? Car servicing is a skilled job, but there are a few tell tale signs to know you've made the right decision

They don't push you to buy useless extras

Car servicing is lucrative, but a good mechanic will not push you to buy additional parts and expensive upgrades which you won't use, or get the full value from. Make sure they take the time to listen to your needs, and understand how you use the car. Never feel pushed into buying anything you're unsure of. Car servicing is expensive enough without purchasing parts you don't need!

They can provide reccomendations from happy clients

A mechanic should be able to provide a list of references and testimonials from other customers who have been happy with their car servicing. Be wary of a mechanic who doesn't display any sort of customer satisfaction information in their shop - they might be hiding it for a reason.

They see qualifications as a must

Car servicing takes time to learn and master, and any mechanic worth their money will be keen to demonstrate their level of qualification. Check with your local vehicle licencing authority for specific state or territory qualifications which can act as a mark of quality. Aside from their basic qualifications, the mechanic should also be able to demonstrate a sufficient knowledge of the car brand you have. This is especially important for high end cars and vintage vehicles, where the cost of something going wrong is emotionally and financially distressing.