Warranties are extremely important when it comes to auto repairs, particularly if you’ve purchased expensive parts. Ask the mechanic beforehand what the warranty will be for any part, but especially the expensive ones. Find out how long the warranty lasts and ask for a printed version of the contract so you can review it.
Always ask lots of questions when you take your car to get repaired. Don’t let the mechanic intimidate you. Ask why something needs to be fixed or how it will be done. If the mechanic tries to brush you off, doesn’t look at you, or refuses to answer your questions, consider taking your car to someone else.
add-on card Be sure to read your owner’s manual to find out what kinds of fluids (oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, steering fluid) your car needs and to learn how to check and top these off yourself. Keep a few bottles of each fluid in the trunk of your car in case of emergencies.
Make sure that a budget is in place when you are car shopping. Don’t let the dealer talk you into buying a car that you can’t afford. Do not let the salesperson talk you into purchasing an expensive car if you are going to spend the next years struggling to make your payments.
When it comes to auto repair, cheaper is not always a good thing. You want someone who is knowledgeable about your make and model of car to be working on it. While you might get by having a friend do your oil change in exchange for dinner, anything more complicated is better left to a professional. You don’t want to have to pay extra later to fix those “repairs”.