Unless your car is pretty new, you will likely need some repairs or regular maintenance work done. Most legal and certified mechanics won’t talk you into doing the repairs or maintenance jobs that you might not require. However, others will insist or use scare tactics to make you agree to do all the repair work they recommend. Do you absolutely need to do all the repair works they recommend, or can you postpone some of those work for a little longer? These are the things mechanics won’t be upfront about to you. If you are skeptical about the recommendations, your mechanic gave, ask for a second opinion. Or read this article for some of the common issues mechanics are reluctant to talk about:
Oil changes are one of the most common repairs that are needed for a car. However, it is worth considering whether you need a skilled mechanic to change your oil. Mechanics may recommend that you do an oil change every 3000 miles, but this is absolutely not necessary. Of course, regular oil changes can help with the resale value of some cars. If you want to stick to the 3000-mile rule, you can do so by not spending a huge amount at the repair shop. Changing the oil of your car is a simple procedure that can be done yourself.
If your car is relatively new, you can ignore the engine lights for now. For new and inexperienced car owners, engine light is a source of anxiety, and for a good reason. Engine lights may indicate a malfunction in the vehicle’s emission, ignition, or exhaust systems. Unless the engine light is flashing or your car is relatively new, you can postpone a repair shop visit for some time. However, this doesn’t mean you should postpone it forever. If your car is old and wearing out, you must immediately visit the nearest mechanic shop upon noticing the flashing of the engine lights.
Brake jobs are relatively easy to do, which your mechanic doesn’t want you to know. However, this job requires a long period of time and can be quite exhausting to do yourself, especially if you don’t have a hydraulic lift at your disposal. Brake jobs are tedious and time-consuming if you are planning on using jacks. And that is, if you don’t encounter any other additional problems and are only looking to change the damaged brake pads and rotors. If you are not confident in doing brake jobs yourself, it is best to take your car to the mechanic.
Sometimes buying a new car is the best option instead of repairing your old car repeatedly. However, this is something your mechanic won’t be upfront about. They want you to buy used cars and keep paying them for repairs. Your job as a car owner is to recognize when the time is right to invest your money into purchasing a new car. One of the benefits of purchasing new cars is that they are much more efficient and can save you a lot of money in fuel and repairs.