It is perhaps essential that if you have a car, you know a reliable and professional mechanic that will be able to help you by carrying out routine maintenance and repairs as and if needed. When I say know the mechanic I do not mean you have to know them personally, just know that the auto repair shop they work for is reliable and professional. A reliable and professional auto repair shop will always ensure that their mechanics carry out a service in accordance with a manufacturer’s guide lines and also ensure that any parts that may be needed are ones that are approved for use by the manufacturer. Elite Auto Repair Tempe, Arizona is an example of this type of auto repair shop and although they may not be on any dealers list of recommended mechanics, they are certainly as good as any that are and they are probably cheaper as well. Although this type of mechanic will be more expensive than your local street side mechanic, the street side mechanic will not follow any of the manufacturer’s recommendations and will not be concerned about ensuring they use a part recommended by the manufacturer, they may even use a second hand part in order to save money.
This means that fi you do use a street side mechanic, you do not know how long before you will need a similar service again and in the long term, their service may do your car more harm than good. The repair shops on a dealer’s list are only shops that are associated with that dealer and so are not necessarily any better or worse than other auto repair shops but they are often more expensive. Once you have found a reliable auto repair shop, you should keep using that same one for all your car’s needs, services or repairs. The reason for this is that if a mechanic becomes familiar with a particular car, it may be easier for them to recognize a problem which has already occurred or is about to occur. This means that by the mechanic being familiar with the car, it could save money.
Keeping a record of who did a service when and what for, is always a good idea as a potential buyer in the future may ask and if you can produce that record, the buyer may be tempted to pay more as they will know that the car has been taken care of properly and so should be in the best condition possible for a car of that make, year and mileage. A service does cost money but they should perhaps be looked at as a saving rather than as an expense because without the regular service, a car will often break down and the cost of the repairs is usually more than any regular service would ever cost. We all want our car to be as reliable and efficient as possible and so to ensure that, a regular service by a professional is always the best way.