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6 Questions to Ask Your Car Mechanic

If you aren’t a mechanic by trade, you may feel overwhelmed when you walk into an auto shop and feel unsure of the right questions to ask. At City Auto Repair, we work hard to educate and empower everyone to understand car repair no matter their knowledge level. We are passionate about building trust in our community and equipping everyone to be comfortable asking the things you want to know but don’t know how to ask. Read on to learn more about some of the questions you should ask any mechanic to ensure your peace of mind. 

What to Ask

How Long Have You Been in Business?

With vehicle ownership running Americans around $800 a month, you don’t want to trust your vehicle to a car shop that is too inexperienced to know what to do to keep it running properly. 

Reputation matters when it comes to finding a mechanic and car shop you can trust. Rather than simply going with the first one you find through an internet search, ask your mechanic this critical question. Experience is an indicator of quality, and you want to be sure the auto shop you’re speaking with is not a “here today, gone tomorrow” kind of place. 

What Makes and Models Do You Service?

To save unnecessary headaches, it’s always a good idea to verify that the mechanic you’re speaking with services your particular make and model vehicle. 

At City Auto Repair, we work on the following vehicles:

    • Acura
    • Buick
    • Cadillac
    • Chevrolet
    • Chrysler
    • Dodge
    • Ford
    • GMC
    • Honda
    • Hyundai
    • Isuzu
    • Jeep
    • Kia
    • Lexus
    • Lincoln
    • Mazda
    • Mercury
    • Mini
    • Mitsubishi
    • Nissan
    • Oldsmobile
    • Pontiac
    • Saturn
    • Scion
    • Smart
    • Subaru
    • Suzuki
    • Toyota

When Will My Brakes/Tires/Oil Need To Be Replaced?

Your mechanic should be skilled at performing visual inspections on your car’s consumables — the brakes, tires, and oil. They should be able to detect any wear and tear or need for replacement and make an estimate for when these will need attention based on your driving history and specific car. 

Is My Car Showing Signs of Needed Repair?

If your vehicle is making strange noises or emitting unpleasant smells, it’s a good indicator that something is going on with it that needs inspection. But sometimes, there may be an issue that you, as a layperson, can’t detect, which is why it’s helpful to ask your mechanic if they have noticed anything that will require repair soon. 

Do You Offer Diagnostic Testing?

Thorough diagnostic testing allows a car repair shop to quickly and accurately pinpoint any issues your car is experiencing rather than running many tests to try and guess what the problem is — racking up unnecessary time and labor costs in the process. 

What Labor and Parts Warranties Do You Offer? 

If your car requires repair, you want to know that your investment in keeping your car on the road will last you as long as possible. That’s why it’s essential to find out from your mechanic if they offer labors or parts warranties for your peace of mind. 

City Auto Repair Is Here for All of Your Questions 

At City Auto Repair, we are passionate about changing the long-held perceptions of the car repair industry. We provide a welcoming, clean environment where you can feel comfortable asking any question you may have about your car. And our over 40 years in business have given us the expertise to competently care for your vehicle and keep you safely on the road. We stand behind our work and trust in our quality products by offering a 24 month, 24k mile nationwide warranty. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment and see what it’s like to enjoy hassle-free car maintenance and repair.