As an owner of a car, it is vital that you are aware of the technical aspects of your car’s maintenance. Even if you can’t differentiate between a radiator and an alternator, you can still “fake it till you make it” in front of the mechanic. Below are the five queries you must make to your mechanic to get the work done.

1. “CAN YOU SHOW ME THE PROBLEM?”

While it is unfair to assume that all of the mechanics are out there to rip you off, but this question can help you understand what’s happening and check in case they are trying to be over smart. Ask them that you want to see the part that’s causing the trouble, and while this might not be possible if it’s an electronics issue, it’s still worth giving a go.

2. “WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T FIX THIS?”

This is essential to know whether the solution is necessary, a temporary fix or just a way for the mechanic to sell his parts. You should ask about the long term consequences if something doesn’t get fixed. For example, you might need to fix your brakes immediately, but the fan belt can probably wait for another thousand miles.

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3. “CAN YOU PRIORITIZE THESE REPAIRS?”

Building on the above question, you need to ask which repairs are essential, and which one of them can wait.

4. “CAN I SEE THE DEFECTIVE PART?”

Before and after the repair, you must ask for the defective part to make sure the mechanic hasn’t placed a faulty one or has tried to be cheeky in any sense. It’s a tangible proof that they did what they promised.

5. “CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW YOU FIXED IT?”

While you may not understand a word of the ensuing answer, this will help you build a relationship with the technician which can be vital in the future. Asking them what the problem was and how they fixed it can establish trust and will yield benefits for both the parties.

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