How do I avoid getting scammed by car mechanics?

What are the best ways to avoid scams by car mechanics? Some of my friends have told me that car repair shops are always wanting to make an extra buck off you.

“One of the best things you can do is read reviews. Whether you go to the Better Business Bureau, Google, or another website, scour both the good and bad reviews to see if the mechanic is trustworthy.
The next thing you can do is shop around. If you can get several estimates, just like you would with car insurance, you get a much better idea of how much you should pay for a certain repair. You can also compare this to estimates you can find on apps or online.
Finally, don’t hesitate to walk away or take your car elsewhere if the price doesn’t seem right. Trusting your gut will almost always prevail compared to laying down and letting the mechanic dictate the negotiations. It’s important to take your time searching for a mechanic and building a relationship with them so you can work with someone you trust throughout the life of your car.
When it comes to relationships you can trust, the same is true for your car insurance company. If you feel like you’re overpaying, it’s a good time to shop around to make sure you’re getting the best rates. If you want help comparing rates, try using the Jerry app. Jerry does all the hard work of comparing rates and delivers the best deals to your phone in minutes. And the best part–Jerry does this for free.”
Eric Schad
Answered on Sep 01, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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