Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is my car too old for a road trip?
A: Most cars are not too old for road trips so long as they are mechanically sound at the time of departure and have been recently serviced. You should check the tires, essential fluids, and motor oil before you leave and monitor the dashboard gauges while driving.
Q: How do you know when to take your car?
A: Take the vehicle in to get diagnosed to determine if it’s something you need to take care of right away. If this light comes on, get it checked out right away. It could mean a number of different things, but it often comes on when the oil in a car is really low.
Q: At what point is it not worth it to fix a car?
A: When repair costs start to exceed the vehicle’s value or one year’s worth of monthly payments on a replacement, it’s time to break up with your car.
Q: What happens if my car can’t be fixed?
A: If your car can’t be repaired or the cost of repairing it is more than its value then it will be deemed a Total Loss. When this happens, you will be compensated based on the value of your car, allowing you to get back on the road as quickly as possible!
Q: Should I wait for mechanic to call?
A: Be sure to leave phone numbers with the shop where you can be reached and respond promptly. If the technician isn’t able to contact you to approve a repair, the car will sit and remain unattended for that much longer.
Q: How often should I do a check up on my car?
A: Most car repair technicians will recommend a full inspection about every 12,000 miles, or every 12 months, whichever comes first. At that time, the technician will evaluate the operating systems and their components for general wear and tear.
Q: Why do people go to the mechanic?
A: While some car repairs are easy to do yourself, some jobs are either too complex or require specialised tools, making it difficult, time consuming and even dangerous to do them yourself. In which case, it’s necessary to visit an experienced mechanic.
Q: Can you call a mechanic for a quote?
A: Getting auto repair quotes is easy and should be done prior to having any repairs outside of typical maintenance performed on your vehicle. Most auto repair providers are happy to give you an estimate for the cost of repairs prior to working on your vehicle.
Q: What is it called when a mechanic looks at your car?
A: The Courtesy Inspection is a “visual” inspection and takes a few minutes to perform. The technician will look for obvious problems such as tires that look low in air, leaks, frayed wiper blades, corroded battery terminals, a dirty air filter and a few more items.
Q: When should I see a mechanic?
A: If you see stains under your car, something is wrong. Noisy Brakes – If you notice a loud grinding noise when you step on the brake, head straight to the mechanic. This usually means you need new break pads. Slow Changing Gears – When changing gears, the response from your vehicle should be immediate.