In my opinion the best way to avoid auto repair scams is to fix your own car. I have put together a page for driveway mechanics and automotive consumers that includes a how to do it yourself video and explains in detail all about online car repair diagrams.
My name is Mark and this page is about your right to know the truth about the auto service business. Keep in mind this information and the linked stories are just my jaded opinions.
I also share the funny auto mechanic video and stories pulled from my book about the getting a car repaired subject. I meant well when I wrote the guide to auto service. It was created to help protect consumers from common rip-offs and scams that happen in the car business.
There are honest shops out there! The online auto repair guide is now $0.00 and I hope it helps you find them. The reasons I wrote the book, samples and the download link are to follow. I get a lot of email saying they can’t find the book. It’s about 2 scrolls down! The link says “my guide to the auto repair business”.
A contact box is below but it gets spammed hard. Just look further down you’ll find it, and the book (PDF File) pops up in a new window. Or read the important stories from this page. I updated some of them for your reading pleasure.
First up is a quick overview of the root cause and the major malfunction of the business. The auto repair business is set up to maximize profits of the owner. They do this by motivating the auto mechanic using a variety of commission based pay plans. The most popular of these plans is explained here in this article about the auto shop flat rate system This is a very funny video about what a customer and an auto mechanic might say to each other if they just had a dose of truth serum!
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Now its time to go into a trusted shop for regular maintenance. Even the best shops can get slow and desperate. This next tip will help you defend against the big list of recommended automotive repairs.
What happens when you take your vehicle into a dealership for factory recalls. My opinion is you should be on guard for the old car recall rip off.
Have you ever had to go back to the same shop several times for the repair of one problem? How about improving this with a little trick to getting the car fixed right the first time.
When you have to decide what to approve and what to decline on the big list the repair center has presented to you remember this article about over doing automotive maintenance. Tires can be one the most expensive regular maintenance items on cars and trucks. See some things you do not need that are crammed into the average estimate on tires.