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Top 10 Tips for Good Auto Repair Service Chances are, your vehicle is equipped with many different dashboard warning lights, each of which has a different meaning. These lights share a common purpose, though; to help ensure your safety and the lifetime performance of your car. They may alert you to dangerous problems which require immediate attention, warn you of minor malfunctions which should be checked out by a qualified mechanic at your earliest convenience, or simply remind you that one or more automotive systems are due for regular maintenance. Common warning indicators include the anti-lock braking system, car battery gauge, low engine oil, temperature gauge, brake system warning, gas gauge, and check engine lights. Following, 10 tips to get you started, in no particular order because all are helpful: 1. Dog-ear your owner's manual. Yes, it's your car's bible! Knowing where to find information quickly can help in identifying causes when trouble arises. You may even be able to avoid a trip to the auto mechanic in the first place if you discover that your "problem" stemmed from not understanding your car's controls. Keep your vehicle identification number (VIN) available, as this code will likely be required when scheduling service. 2. Decide between the independent corner garage and the dealership service department. Technicians at the dealer are specialists; they are manufacturer-trained and typically work exclusively on your make of vehicle. Many independent auto repair service facilities are started by previous dealer employees who want to operate their own repair store. 3. Keep your records in order, and take them with you. Have records available on everything you do to maintain your car — and keep them in the car if possible. Wellkept records can be instrumental in correctly diagnosing a vehicle problem the first time. Incomplete records can lead to redundant auto repairs that waste your time and money 4. Is the technician trained on your specific vehicle make? Cars and trucks today are extremely complex machines, and their unique characteristics vary heavily from brand to brand. Making certain that your technician has obtained the proper training for your specific vehicle is crucial since special tools and procedures — many of which are not easily available to the "average" auto mechanic — are required to correctly service your auto. 5. Is the service technician A.S.E.-certified? Twice annually, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence offers auto service industry professionals the chance to become A.S.E.-certified. By passing a written test and having at least two years of work experience in auto repair service, auto mechanics earn A.S.E. certification, placing them among the top practitioners in the industry


6. Inquire about pricing and labor rates. Before you surrender your keys to the Car Repair and Services department, be sure to determine the labor rate. Shops typically post the rate in a conspicuous place, so be observant and ask questions if you're confused. Make sure you understand the way in which you will be billed for an auto repair. 7. Ask questions. Lots of them. Don't be intimidated. Ask questions about why something needs fixing or how a technology works. As the customer, you have a right to become more educated about your vehicle. 8. Request Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts Whenever parts need to be replaced, be sure to request genuine OEM components rather than generic pieces. Maintaining exact manufacturer specifications is important in achieving optimum performance. 9. Ignore the myth of the 100,000-mile tune-up. "It doesn't exist," states Principe. "Each vehicle has a specific tune-up schedule recommended by the manufacturer. The more you keep the systems clean, the better the vehicle will run. 10. Look for warning signs. Finally, taking a car in for service is always a case of caveat emptor — let the buyer beware. "If a car mechanic doesn't look you in the eye, speed talks or tries to brush you off — beware," noted Principe. "He's either trying to hide something or is just interested in the receipt at the end of the week." Ref:edmunds.com/car-reviews/top-10/top-10-tips-for-good-auto-repair-service.html

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