The Honest Mechanic Myth?

You dream of owning a car when you’re young and it is a sad time when your dream is damaged during an accident, flood, fire, or by mischievous vandals. Less sad are the times when your car breaks down. That’s when it’s more frustrating because you rely on these machines to get you through your daily tasks, like taking your kids to soccer practice or getting to work on time. That’s when you need to find a good auto mechanic that can keep you moving. But a good mechanic may not be so easy to find.

If you live in Austin, Texas, you will find the Yellow Pages are filled with mechanics claiming to be the best auto repair shop or the best Transmission repair in Austin Texas, in terms of quality of work and the price, but not all of them are created equal. When choosing a service center, you may want to keep the following things in mind:

Do not select a mechanic at random. Closing your eyes and pointing to a service shop’s name in the phone book isn’t the best way to make your choice. In fact, it can be downright bad for your vehicle. It should be your top priority to find the most reputable mechanic shop that gives you the best work possible. Cut-rate garages will most likely use inferior parts that could wind up damaging your car further, or even hurting you or your family down the road.

Find out what the repair shop’s past customers think about the work they had done on their vehicles and the level of service that was provided. If there were any complaints, how were those complaints handled. This step can help save you some frustration.

If your car is considered a specialty car, make sure that repair shop has someone on staff trained in repairing that specific model. If they don’t, choose another shop.

Let the service center know if your car is still under warranty. Your repairs, if caused by a defective part or a part that is still covered under warranty, you won’t have to pay the bill.

Check out the cost of the repairs. There are some garages that charge only a flat-fee rate, but quality shops will complete the repair process in a systematic way so you will be charged accordingly. A quality repair shop will make sure that you are charged only the amount of the bill you are obligated to pay and it will seek the rest of the payment from your insurance company.

There are few things worse than watching helplessly as your car is on the sidelines. It’s even worse when it’s the car you were dreaming of getting since you were a little kid. Sure it’s disheartening, but it’s not the end of the world, especially if you have a good mechanic who will get you up and running again. Whether you get that mechanic depends on you. Do your homework and you won’t be disappointed in the end.

About the Author: Brandon Adams is the author of man popular articles on the automotive repair industry.

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Leonard’s Garage & Service Center
4401 South 1st Street
Austin, TX 78745-1924
(512) 445-2892

Leonard’s Garage & Service Center
4401 South 1st Street
Austin, TX 78745-1924
(512) 445-2892

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