We've all been there before. You need to get work done on your car, but how do you know the shop's reliable? Angie's List looked into what it takes to find a trust-worthy auto repair shop.
Angie Hicks of Angie's List explained, "When you are having auto work done a second opinion is a great investment. It might seem like it will take extra work, but if you are at all concerned about the recommendation get a second opinion."
She advises you know your car before you take it in.
Hicks adds, "No one likes to hear this, but read the owner's manual for your car. It's amazing what it can tell you about your car and that will also help you be more educated when you are talking to your mechanic. If they are recommending something that is counter to the manual it's a time for you to say wait, maybe I need a second opinion."
There are some tips to keep in mind when looking for reliable car repair. Find a good shop before you need one. Check their licensing and certification. See if the shop charges a diagnostic fee. And get a written estimate before authorizing repairs. And check any car out before you buy.
Kevin Beck owns an automotive shop. He said, "If you are going to buy a used car bring it to a shop first and get it checked out so you are aware with any issues that need to be dealt with before you purchase it and you can work that in to the purchase price of the vehicle. And be prepared to spend on a used car between $1,000-$2,000 that is typically what it ends up being to get it up to be a safe and reliable vehicle."