In these 30 years of my life, I haven’t seen a single kid who doesn’t have a fetish for automobiles. In fact, my 6-year old son goes gaga over every single car commercial that’s broadcasted over the television. Even though we own a small Sedan, I am not that car savvy; neither am I equipped with the nitty-gritties of auto technology. In view of the fact that my child knows more about vehicles than I do, I decided to take a basic lesson in auto mechanics. Besides making me more knowledgeable about vehicles, it helped me develop a good bonding with my son. Well, it wasn’t really a cakewalk; everything was like a new ball game to me.
The very first thing that I came to know is the need of the owner’s manual. In fact, it’s often known as the “forgotten Bible”, used as our primary vehicle repair guide. A while ago, this manual was nothing more than an oversized book. Now, I feel delighted to know that it’s not only handy but also full of useful information. Following are a few things that helped me get acquainted with efficient auto repair services. I hope these tips prove helpful for you too.
Learn your user’s manual by heart
Believe it or not, it’s your car’s holy book. If you know where to find information instantly, it can help you in detecting the exact cause of the break down. At times, problems simply arise from our lack of understanding the automobile’s controls. Quite often, we fail to recognize this issue and end up taking our vehicle to the technician. Besides providing information on the make and model of your automobile, it also helps in identifying the size and configuration of the engine. These details often prove helpful for the owner and the mechanic as well.
Choose between the dealership and the independent garage
Dealerships often deal with experienced technicians; they’re thoroughly trained and licensed in this particular field of work. Most of these dealerships make their service staff undergo a training session; this includes mechanics, together with the supervisor, advisors and customer service executives. However, this doesn’t always mean that dealerships have the best mechanics. A lot of independent car repair shops are run by ex- dealer staffs who want to have a business of their own.
When it comes to cars, everything could be so very complicated; from oil to battery, there’s so much to take care of. At the end of the day, I’ve learned that nothing is as simple as it seems at the first sight. However, the right amount of effort and self-confidence will surely take you up the success ladder.