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How to avoid a scam mobile mechanic in Fort Worth

How to Spot a Scam Mechanic, How to Identify and Avoid Repair Scams....

Ever walked into a mechanics workshop or a garage with a noise in the engine, only to be told it’s gonna cost $400? Do you know for sure that they found the exact problem? Or even that the costs are right and fair? Who really knows! If you’re not a mechanic then how would you? So as the most reputable mobile mechanics in Fort Worth, we’re going to tell you in this article, exactly what to do to watch out for those scam mechanics.

Here are the top five scams to watch out for and that can be avoided. Plus we’ve added 10 more quick ones too. There are lots more, and if you need some advice then just your honest mobile mechanics in Fort Worth a call. And we’ll be happy to help. First, here’s the quick answer on some things to look for, then we’ll dive into what to watch and what to do... How do you spot a scam mechanic? Scam mechanics often fit old parts, claim you need a fluid flush or more than one. The need for a “sudden tune-up” could be a scam as well as fake certifications. There are a multitude of other potential scams, so don’t be rushed into anything, ask questions and do your research before any repairs But how can you spot when this is happening? Well, read on for some great tips and clues on what to do.

1. Parts Scams

It’s the classic parts swap out. This is where pretty much one of the three scenarios below could actually be what’s happening...

The part they say needs replacing is never replaced You’re charged for a new part ...but they use a used part or a reconditioned one They charge you for a new high-quality part, but they install a lower quality third party one for more. Ask to take a look at the old part, good mechanics might even bring it to you to explain the problem. Ask them to show you what is going on with the car, and why it needs to be replaced. Enquire about what type of part it is and what brand it is, take a view on their reactions, you can make assumptions based on their demeanor. Good technicians can tell you exactly, and with confidence, AND be able to show you the problem as best they can. Some franchises have policies not to allow customers in the shop area, which is understandable, but they can often bring you the old and new parts that you need to see. You’re allowed to ask about these things, you’re a paying customer who’s just making sure you get what you pay for.

Sometimes the shop prices will not line up with Amazon or eBay prices, but that’s understandable, physical repair shops have additional costs and supplier arrangements that they need to account for. A few bucks here are there, $10 - $15 dollars is understandable inflation, but they are at least they're providing you with the help so they’re worth the extra. Some will allow you to take your own parts in, but sometimes the parts you order may not be the exact fitting part so you lose out, and some shops don’t work with parts they don’t believe in if they’re not confident the part is a quality part. It’s even fair to question labor and warranty ed as they should be able to stand behind the parts, or where the manufacturers cover the parts for a period of time anyway this shouldn’t be an issue.

2. The Fluid Flush Scam

If a mechanic tells you that you need a fluid flush what do you say? Perhaps it’s your brake fluid, or Power steering, diff fluid or cooling system. It could be any. But beware, they might not even do the job! - that’s right, and how would you know? You can’t follow them around the car “because of health and safety” right? Assuming they do carry out the work, you then might have no idea what they’re going to use to replace the fluid with? Is it going to be the recommended fluid for your vehicle? And keep in mind, they can’t run more than a couple of flushes if they’re lucky within an hour or two. So if they suggest more than one then you know. What’s more, is they might often want to run some kind of additives through the transmission or carry out a power flusher, oh and that might cost you extra - but the car needs it oh yes!
,br> Unless it’s a life-threatening situation, if you know its urgent, or something is leaking already and you’re not told out the blue there’s a pool of fluid beneath your car, then say no. There’s a good chance it can wait until you can book it in with a reputable car service garage. If you’re at a reputable car service already, then sure, but check by asking some searching questions, like Why does this need doing now? What exactly are you going to do? And what are you going to use? If possible, ask them to show you the problem and be convinced yourself, and ask them to show you that what they’re putting in is what the manufacturer recommends.

3. Tuneup Scam

This is quite a general statement, there are lots of areas that can be considered a tune-up, so you want to know what exactly what it is, spark plugs change, filter, oil? Or electronic tune-up, etc.. Search your car online and see what’s recommended as the model you’re at, and what kind of work is generally done for that car. So say if it’s 60,000 miles you’ll know it’s a sensible time to change the spark plugs, filter, out of date transmission fluid change ...or whether you need to check for other leaks, etc. Make sure you know what you’re getting and research it

4. Fuel Injector Service Scam

Something you also find at paint shops, and quick lube shops. It involves taking off the fuel injectors, flow testing, clean filters, replacing O rings. This should actually be part of a full and proper service. If they’re planning to chuck in some cleaner fluid or other quick fixes, it’s usually not going to make much of a difference. It might help, but it’s probably not going to be worth the money. Running the car on quality fuel will actually make more of a difference. Again, research it, you’ll need this service at some point, so take a gauge on when it needs doing. Some cars like some BMW models are known for the carbon build-up, but a quick service will not solve this, it usually requires taking apart.

5. ASE Certification

Just because the shop has ASE certification, does not mean a high level of quality work. It’s usually in the form of a sticker in the window or posted in an office. Don't just trust a sticker in a window, just because someone points at it. It may not mean as much as you might think. Most mechanics can read study guides and then take a simple test, that doesn’t necessarily make you a good mechanic. Most technicians can pass this basic form of repair test. Look out for more “master certifications” that they may have. There’s book learning ...and there’s “experience”. Ask about what experience they have in actually “doing the job.” In case that’s not enough for you, here are 10 MORE quick scams and wrong signs you should look out for...

10 more signs you’re at a scam repair shop Make sure they seem to have the right tools, having just a screwdriver isn’t going to fill you with confidence A tidy clean workshop isn’t always a pristine workshop, sometimes the messiest shops can be where the genius mechanics hang out. Being clean and neat is great, but they might be a lousy mechanic Lots of cars in states of disrepair on the forecourt might look like they’re really busy and popular. But it may just be there to look that way - either that or they take forever to fix the cars in the queue! Never say I’m not in a hurry take your time - because that is exactly what they will do.

Even good mechanics will leave yours to one side in favor of everyone else - who do say they’re in a hurry It pays to shop around, know what you’re actually paying for Share your good experiences, it’s good to sing a mechanics praises Share your bad experience, if a job is bad people should know about it. It helps keep repair shops on their toes. Beware of reviews that seem too many from one person - or way too gushy! Most good repair shops get enough referrals - so they don’t need big advertising billboards Watch out if they have a “true salesman” on the front office - do they really need someone (on commission) to maximize every sale? Our conclusion We’ve said all that, and we’re really conscious of how the industry is perceived that we stand by what we’ve said - we know it happens. But, let us also say, we’re a reputable mobile mechanics in Fort Worth, There are lots of repair shops and quick lube services around - and a lot of them are great, we know lots of reputable garage services we can tell you about, you just have to do your due diligence is all we’re saying - and if something seems off, then question it.

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The professionals here at AutoPoint Inc have put together some really great information to educate the average consumer.

Great Information from one of the leaders in mobile automotive repair in the Fort Worth area

Well spoken and great article. Thanks a lot AutoPoint for educating the public about predators

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