All of us probably need to find a mechanic we can trust to look after our cars but we shouldn’t wait until we need one, we should find one before that need arises. If we got our car from a dealership, they probably gave us a list of auto shops we could use but sometimes their location is not too convenient and besides they are usually expensive. We should therefore look for an auto shop which is closer and yet still reliable and able to deal with our make of car. Of course mechanics can be found on almost any street but these are not always reputable and although probably cheaper than an auto repair shop, not as professional or reliable. There are auto repair shops though that can deal with a wide range of different vehicles and can do services or repairs equally as well as those on the list from the dealer. This is the type of shop we should be looking for as although they may not be as cheap as the street mechanic, they will almost certainly be cheaper than the ones on the dealer’s list.
We should not wait until something goes wrong with our car before we start to use them, we should use them for our very first scheduled service and then continue to use them for every other service. By doing this, it gives them a chance to get to know our car and that can be very useful if ever something goes wrong with it. When a mechanic knows a car, it is easier for them to recognize what may be wrong with it. First they will know that the correct parts have been used for services and so can eliminate that. They will also know that services have been carried out regularly and so they can also eliminate that as a possible problem. Other things, apart from the ability of the auto shop to deal with your particular car, you should also perhaps check what their policy is regarding providing you with a loan car if any work is going to take time. Some of the more dependable auto repair shops keep cars specifically for that purpose which could make life very convenient for you. Although some shops may not have a vehicle to loan you, they may at least drop you off somewhere and then pick you up again when they have finished with your car and this too can be a great help by causing you the least possible inconvenience.
Although their prices do of course make a difference and you should consider those but if they have some of these additional benefits, they too make the work more cost effective. Keeping track of all the services that your car has, may make a difference to the price you can sell if for when that time comes. Showing it has been serviced regular and the correct parts have been used, could allow you to ask a higher price.