Content provided courtesy of USAA.
Many people consider their car their baby. And like a baby, it needs good care and proper handling.
So, how can you find a reliable, trustworthy mechanic worthy of your car?
Thirty years ago, it may not have been that hard to find a great mechanic who could open your hood and immediately diagnose the problem.
But today's cars have a lot of computerized components, and without expensive diagnostic equipment, it can be difficult to determine what ails a vehicle.
Melani Scamardo, director of auto advice with USAA, offers these pointers for choosing a mechanic who's up to the task:
Scamardo also recommends these steps for helping ensure your repair experience is optimum:
Good communication with the shop you choose can make for a positive experience, Scamardo says.
"Communication between you and the mechanic is the basis of the repair relationship," she says. "They should be able to show you the problem, explain how they plan to repair it and why. They should be able to answer all your questions."