When your vehicle needs maintenance, your first instinct may be to look for the cheapest mechanic around. This is especially true if you’re on a very strict budget and can’t afford to spend a lot of money on car repairs. However, picking the cheapest mechanic or buying the cheapest parts to use may not always be the best thing to do. While there might not always be a reason to buy the most expensive items or go to the most expensive mechanic, don’t always go with the cheapest.
Quality Service Sometimes Costs – But There’s Value
Quality service isn’t always inexpensive. The mechanics who cost more often have reasons why their services are more than others. Some have better equipment. Others have been in service longer and so have more training and experience. They may have a larger staff so they can work on more cars at once, or they might have completed a number of certifications, like all of our auto technicians here at Elite who are ASE Certified. Some use higher quality parts that last longer. Ask the mechanic about their services, qualifications, and facilities. This can give you an idea if they’re worth the cost. Also read reviews online or ask others if they’ve ever used that particular mechanic. Asking others about their experience can let you know if the mechanic is worth the money or not. You can read real reviews of Elite Auto Repair here.
Neglecting Your Car
Service can cost more if you neglect your car. It’s important to take your vehicle in to have it checked over when any emergency light comes on or if you start hearing odd noises. Paying a little bit of money every now and then as necessary can help avoid major breakdowns. This can also keep you safe. A car that’s been neglected is more likely to develop problems at the worst moments. The brakes can fail, the engine can stop, or any other issue can come up if you don’t keep your car in good shape. Don’t ignore any of the warning signs your car gives you–have it inspected right away and any repairs made as soon as possible. Doing so will ensure you don’t have to spend a lot more money later on down the road.
Why Avoid Inexpensive Service?
There are a few reasons why cheaper service may cost more in the long run. Sometimes, the mechanics cut corners. They may not perform some maintenance, or they might not double-check all their work. Some cut corners whenever they can. Others use the cheapest parts possible, and sometimes, these parts break very easily or wear out sooner than more expensive parts. The old saying about a deal that appears “too good to be true” certainly applies to auto maintenance.
Paying More Than You Need To
While you should certainly avoid cheap maintenance just because it’s cheap, you also don’t want to overpay either. Ask them about the brands they use and the tasks they perform. Also look at what certifications they have. If it doesn’t look like they’re worth the extra cost, go somewhere else. Before you use any mechanic for any service, check them out. You don’t want to pay for shoddy service, but you also don’t want to overpay for basic repairs. At Elite Auto Repair we always strive to offer the best service at fair prices. If you need to have your car looked at, bring it by for a free inspection and estimate.
Water pumps. We don’t think about them often, but they’re a really important part of our vehicles. Let’s take a step back. You see, the engine is cooled by a coolant, anti-freeze, mixed with water. This mixture circulates around your engine, absorbing some of the heat. The coolant then flows through the radiator, where air cools it down for the return trip back through the engine. The water pump is what drives this process.
Preventative maintenance in a car can increase both your safety and the car’s lifespan. If a car is neglected, odds are that repairs will be required more frequently and will cost much more than the maintenance otherwise would have. Listed below are several things you should check on at each interval. This is by no means all-inclusive, but merely a starting point. The best course of action is to take a look at the manufacturer’s recommendations and follow them to a tee.