So I have only been going to the mechanic/garage on my own for about two years since moving out of my parents house. Honestly, I feel like I was made to be more scared of it then I needed to be. Since I started driving and was taking drivers ed (9/10 years ago), I was told that mechanics would surcharge me, try to sell me on add-ons to every service, and lie to me. However, for the most part, that has never been the case.
- Know exactly what you are going in for (oil change, part replacement, state inspection, tire rotation, etc.)
- Understand that unless they say ” To pass inspection” or “This is broken” you can probably wait to look it up yourself or get a second opinion.
- Go early. Most people don’t make appointments for the morning they make it for the end of the day or the weekend.
- Understand that the parts/fluid cost less on their own but you don’t know how or don’t want to do this labor. That is the extra cost,
- It’s not that scary.