Auto Repair

Auto Repair

The best way to avoid being ripped off by auto repair services and mechanics is to be prepared. A strong knowledge of how your automobile works and how to identify common problems is a good start, and can make all the difference. It's also important to know how to select a good mechanic, the kinds of questions to ask, and your consumer rights.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the American Automobile Association (AAA), and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), this kind of information about your automobile may help you keep a lid on mechanical mistakes.

Choosing an Auto Mechanic:

• Look for auto repair shops that display certifications - like a seal of Automotive Service Excellence. This Certification indicates that some or all of the auto mechanics meet basic standards of knowledge and competence in specific technical areas. Make sure the certifications are current, but remember that certification alone is no guarantee of good or honest auto repair work.

• Ask if the auto mechanic or repair shop has experience working on the same make or model vehicle that intend to bring in.

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Choosing an Auto Repair Shop:

• Ask for recommendations from friends, family, and other people you trust. Look for an auto repair shop before you need one to avoid being rushed into a last-minute decision.

• Shop around for an auto repair shop by telephone for the best deal, and compare warranties on repairs.

• Ask to see current licenses if local law requires auto repair shops to be licensed or registered.

• Make sure the auto repair shop will honor your vehicle's warranty.

Auto Repair Mechanics

Below is a list of auto repair shops by vehicle make and US state that are waiting to compete for your business. View contact information for each auto mechanic and repair shop, or read tips and advice on how to choose a good auto mechanic and repair shop. Choose a vehicle make or US state to get started today!

Auto Repair Service by Make
Acura Auto Repair
Audi Auto Repair
BMW Auto Repair
Buick Auto Repair
Cadillac Auto Repair
Chevrolet Auto Repair
Chrysler Auto Repair
Dodge Auto Repair
Ford Auto Repair
GMC Auto Repair
Honda Auto Repair
Hyundai Auto Repair
Infiniti Auto Repair
Isuzu Auto Repair
Jaguar Auto Repair
Jeep Auto Repair
Kia Auto Repair
Land Rover Auto Repair

Lexus Auto Repair
Lincoln Auto Repair
Mazda Auto Repair
Mercedes-Benz Auto Repair
Mercury Auto Repair
Mitsubishi Auto Repair
Nissan Auto Repair
Oldsmobile Auto Repair
Pontiac Auto Repair
Porsche Auto Repair
Saab Auto Repair
Saturn Auto Repair
Subaru Auto Repair
Suzuki Auto Repair
Toyota Auto Repair
Volkswagen Auto Repair
Volvo Auto Repair

Auto Repair Service by State
Alabama Auto Repair
Alaska Auto Repair
Arizona Auto Repair
Arkansas Auto Repair
California Auto Repair
Colorado Auto Repair
Connecticut Auto Repair
Delaware Auto Repair
District of Columbia Auto Repair
Florida Auto Repair
Georgia Auto Repair
Hawaii Auto Repair
Idaho Auto Repair
Illinois Auto Repair
Indiana Auto Repair
Iowa Auto Repair
Kansas Auto Repair
Kentucky Auto Repair
Louisiana Auto Repair
Maine Auto Repair
Maryland Auto Repair
Massachusetts Auto Repair
Michigan Auto Repair
Minnesota Auto Repair
Mississippi Auto Repair
Missouri Auto Repair

Montana Auto Repair
Nebraska Auto Repair
Nevada Auto Repair
New Hampshire Auto Repair
New Jersey Auto Repair
New Mexico Auto Repair
New York Auto Repair
North Carolina Auto Repair
North Dakota Auto Repair
Ohio Auto Repair
Oklahoma Auto Repair
Oregon Auto Repair
Pennsylvania Auto Repair
Rhode Island Auto Repair
South Carolina Auto Repair
South Dakota Auto Repair
Tennessee Auto Repair
Texas Auto Repair
Utah Auto Repair
Vermont Auto Repair
Virginia Auto Repair
Washington Auto Repair
West Virginia Auto Repair
Wisconsin Auto Repair
Wyoming Auto Repair

Before you arrange to have any work performed, ask how the auto repair station prices its work. Some repair shops charge a flat rate for labor on auto repairs. The published rate is based on an independent or manufacturer's estimate of the time required to complete the auto repairs. Others charge on the basis of the actual time the auto mechanic worked on the repair.

If you need expensive or complicated auto repairs, or if you have questions about recommended work, consider getting a second opinion from a different auto shop.

Find out if there will be a diagnostic charge if you decide to have the work performed elsewhere. Many auto repair shops charge for diagnostic time.

Shops that do only diagnostic work and do not sell parts or repairs may be able to give you an objective opinion about which repairs are necessary.

If you decide to get the work done, ask for a written estimate.

What should a written estimate include?

• It should identify the condition to be repaired, the parts needed, and the anticipated labor charge. Make sure you get a signed copy from the auto mechanic.
• It should state that the shop will contact you for approval before they do any work exceeding a specified amount of time or money. State law may require this.

What should I know about the parts to be repaired or replaced?

Parts are classified as:

• New - These auto parts generally are made to original manufacturer's specifications, either by the vehicle manufacturer or an independent company. Your state may require auto repair shops to tell you if non-original equipment will be used in the repair. Prices and quality of these parts vary.
• Remanufactured, rebuilt and reconditioned - These terms generally mean the same thing: parts have been restored to a sound working condition. Many manufacturers offer a warranty covering replacement parts, but not the labor to install them.
• Salvage - These are used parts taken from another vehicle without alteration. Salvage parts may be the only source for certain items, though their reliability is seldom guaranteed.

What do I need after the work is done?

• Get a completed repair order describing the work done by the mechanic. It should list each repair, parts supplied, the cost of each part, labor charges, and the vehicle's odometer reading when you brought the vehicle in as well as when the repair order was completed. Ask for all replaced parts. State law may require this.

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