We’ve all faced it: the moment when the car breaks down. In addition to the immediate concern of getting where you need to go, it’s important to handle the repair wisely. This can save you time and money. Below are some of our best tips.
Before you have to get professional service
Buy a good battery charger to keep in the car. Dead batteries happen more often than you imagine, and you can help other people if you take a battery charger along in your vehicle. Learn how to find the points where the battery charger connects.
A record of maintenance and repairs should be in your car. You may want to store them in the glove compartment for easy access. Auto repair mechanics and professionals will need the records. Good documentation can help diagnose problems a lot faster.
Keep your car washed during the winter. Winter can be the most damaging season to a car’s bodywork. Sand and salt can cause rust and abrasions. Just be sure that you’re drying your car off before you start to drive around so that ice doesn’t form. Doors that are frozen shut are not amusing in sub-zero temperatures.
Take the time to read your car manual and know the basics of how your car works. This can help prevent a trip to the auto shop if you can fix the issue yourself. The manual may give you information to help you easily fix a problem.
Before you authorize the repair
Know what the repair is going to cost you before handing over your keys. When you’re not sure, ask until you feel clear. You do not want to be surprised with added charges when you are handed the final bill.
Don’t sign the permission form until you are sure you understand the repair you are agreeing to. Ask how much it will cost. This number might not be exact, but it will provide you with a ballpark figure. Make sure your mechanic is aware to call you if they discover any other issues in the vehicle.
Do not leave valuable items in the interior of your car if you need to leave it at the repair shop. If something is missing, it will be your fault if you do not take it out. Take all items out of your trunk, too.
If you have a fuse that’s burned out and must be repaired, check the amperage first. You must be sure to get a replacement fuse that has the same amperage. If fuses require frequent replacement, you should have your electrical system inspected by a trained mechanic.
As always, if you need service done on your car, call O’Connor Auto Repair for quality work done at affordable prices.