Are you not very savvy when it comes to the world of mechanics? Not to worry, just keep an eye out and don’t let your mechanic mug you off with any of these ridiculous repair scams.
1. Cheeky extra repairs that are uncalled for
We’ve all been there. You’ve taken your car for an MOT and then before you know it you’re hit with a list as long as your arm of all the things that are wrong with it and needs to be repaired right away. How often has this happened to you? Panic mode sets in because you think you’re going to be without a car and before you know it you’re having a breakdown as you just can’t deal with the thought of being without your pride and joy. Take a breath because you might just be panicking over nothing. The list of repairs could just be extra repairs that could help make your car run better so there’s no need to stress. You could still have a roadworthy car.
2. Geeky technical mechanical chit chat
If chatting to your mechanic about all the different technical parts of your car doesn’t come naturally to you, then don’t worry you’re not the only one. If you look blonde then your mechanic might try to bombard you with technical terms to confuse you and to try and convince you that more work needs doing on your car. Don’t fall for their crap. Put them on the spot and ask questions to see if they know their stuff rather than them testing you to see how well you know your mechanics.
3. The pressure to buy some new shoes
Wait up a minute, if you get a small hole in your shoe would you rush out to buy some new ones? Probably not if you’re on a budget, so why would you rush out to buy a new tyre if yours had a puncture? Ignore your mechanic if he tries to convince you that you need a tyre. If you’ve got a puncture then a simple patch will do the job for now.
4. False flushes
It’s just like when you go to the toilet, you flush it after you. Every now and again your engine will need a flush to get rid of all the sludge that has been building up. You don’t need to flush as often as you go to the toilet and if your mechanic says it needs a flush because of dirty oil, he’s probably lying.
5. Cheeky charges for used and abused parts
Imagine buying a pair of trainers to find that they have already be worn by someone else. It’s the same with your car. You don’t want someone else’s dirty sloppy second car parts when you’ve paid full price for brand new ones. Be a nosy parker and ask your mechanic exactly where any new parts have come from. You might want to check the prices too just to make sure you’re not being mugged off with anything.
6. An extortionate bill that’s out of the blue
How annoying is it when your mechanic hits you with a price before he starts working on your car and then miraculously that price has doubled overnight? Ridiculous. It’s a joke that mechanics think they can change the price of a job after they’ve completed it. Like we’re not going to remember the price that was agreed at the start. Don’t be fooled when they act all innocent like they don’t know what you’re talking about when you have it out with them. Stand your ground.
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