WHAT ARE 5 QUESTIONS THAT WOMEN ASK MOST ABOUT THEIR CARS?
I’ve been in the business since I was a kid, and I’ve heard it all. The most asked: Why is my car making that sound? Did I pay too much for that repair? How do I know if there’s enough pressure in my tyres? Did I even need that repair? Is it hard to change a tire?
HOW CAN WE LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR VEHICLES WITHOUT GETTING UNDER THE HOOD?
The first way is to have an understanding of the basics for your ride. Every car is different, that is why every car comes with its own manual with the specific language or dialect the fits your vehicle’s year, make, and model. I equate it to learning a different dialect. Once you learn to speak the same language as your car’s manual, you can be in control.
READING A MANUAL? UGH!
If you want to be empowered, the manual is the way to go! You don’t have to read it page-by-page; just thumb through it. Most of your questions can be answered with a few flips of the pages. Sure, there’s a lot that’s not relevant, but you only need to find your specific problem.
WHAT ABOUT MINOR REPAIRS?
The manual lists repairs that can be taken care of by you. There are instructions for small problems like fuses, bulbs, or wipers in the book. But watch out, the stuff that’s more complex can lead to trouble. If you screw up with a fuse, put in the wrong head light, or put your wiper blades on backwards, you are not going to blow up your car. When it comes to something more intense, go to an expert.
SO, WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO FIND A TRUSTWORTHY MECHANIC?
If you’ve done your homework with the vehicle’s manual, it will be to your benefit. Walk into a mechanic with confidence. Let them know that you’ve paid attention to where the issue seems to be coming from or when it’s happening. Knowing that an owner is really in tune with their vehicle will freak out the shady mechanics. They don’t want a problem when they hand you the bill. If you walk into a shop and they don’t want to hear your thought process, that’s not the place for you!
DOES WOMEN’S INTUITION WORK IN THIS SITUATION?
Yes. You can trust your instincts as far as feeling comfortable in an environment. But know that every body shop has different ways of practicing. For instance, you’ll want to know beforehand if there is a consultation charge or if they will give you a free appraisal. Think about it like dropping your computer off at a repair shop. You want to know upfront if there’s a fee for finding the pro