Now that Winter is at our door step, many of us are making holiday plans to visit friends or family. With this thought, don’t neglect any necessary maintenance or auto repair that should be taken care before you hit the road! Taking your vehicle to an auto repair shop doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience. However, making sure that you and yourmechanic are “on the same page” in terms of labor, warranty, parts, and repairs can sometimes be a challenge.

Here are a few suggestions to help you communicate effectively with your mechanic. It will reduce surprises with regard to cost, time, and the repair of your vehicle. When you know the right terminology (or “mechanic lingo”), you will get better answers about the details of your expected auto repair.

  1. First of all, don’t hesitate to have ask for the auto repair to be explained simply, or in layman’s terms. Your mechanic should ask you questions too about what you expect.
  2. Don’t be in a hurry! Take your time when you arrive at the auto repair shop so that you are sure to get a correct diagnosis. This will help prevent many misunderstandings as to knowing exactly what needs to be done. Often, an on-the-spot, off the cuff, diagnosis may be incorrect and waste both yours and the mechanic’s valuable time.
  3. Make sure that your mechanic knows you want to be called and apprised of the problem, course of action, and cost, before any actual work begins.
  4. Finally, make sure you have an understanding of the auto repair shop policies in terms of labor rates, guarantees, warranties, and acceptable methods of payment. The more questions you ask before the auto repair work begins, the more you will understand, and the more satisfied you will be with the service performed on your vehicle.   Don’t forget to leave a contact number and be available so that you can be called if there are any new discoveries or changes in repair plans.

Getting ready for that long awaited for holiday road trip can be exciting, especially knowing that your vehicle is ready to get you to grandma’s house safely!

Need quality auto repair? Contact our ASE-Certified Technicians today at Grapevine Family Tire and Service by calling (817) 488-5520 or go on-line at www.familytireandservice for expert advice on car problems. Our auto repair shop has served vehicle owners in Grapevine, and in the surrounding areas of DFW.