You should go to a repair facility so trustworthy that you can listen and learn from them. They should keep you informed about the fluids and condition of your vehicle after every checkup. You should naturally do your part to keep tabs on the fluid levels, of course.
However, even if you're clueless about things, a truly helpful repair or mechanic shop should be there to cover for you. They shouldn't be there to attempt to fleece you into buying services you don't need. The first clue that you're in a worthwhile car care center is when they don't keep you in the dark on the maintenance of your car.
Expectations from Your Repair Shop
Here's what you should expect from your prospective repair facilities.
- More Choices on Parts: You have multiple choices on parts from the really dependable mechanic shops. OEM is the Original Equipment Manufacturer type of replacement parts that ensure complete compatibility. Aftermarket parts are cheaper but you have to shop around for OE-quality ones. Used parts salvaged from an old car are the cheapest but their longevity is questionable. Even when choosing between OE-standard or OEM parts, it pays to have multiple choices and a price listing from your mechanic.
Locates and Repairs Leaks: A good repair shop knows how to find leaks and repairs them. These are tough-to-find leaks at times because leaks can happen in any car system. When one system runs low on fuel though, you can figure out which system is having these leakages. The pool of oil or lube below your car should be the mechanic's first clue, followed by checking the levels of lubrication on your different car systems.
The Importance of Inspections and Maintenance: When one system has low fluid, it can affect the operation of your car and cause damage through a chain reaction of sorts. Do your research about fluids, when they're supposed to be changed, and so forth so that when your chosen repair facility tries to pull a fast one on you, you won't be fooled at all. You can easily move on to a more trustworthy shop. A little knowledge goes a long way.
- Shuttle Services and Availability for Towing: The truly complete repair facilities even include shuttle services, towing services, and even rental car services to allow you to get your broken-down car to the shop for emergencies. This ensures you'll get a more satisfactory experience when push comes to shove. These things cost extra but at the very least it's better to pay for them in a package deal rather than avail of an even more expensive third-party towing service.